Creatures of the Night (Second Edition)

Creatures of the Night (Second Edition)

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ISBN-13: 9781506700250
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Publication date: 11/29/2016
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 412,595
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Neil Gaiman was born in Hampshire, UK, and now lives in the United States near Minneapolis. As a child he discovered his love of books, reading, and stories, devouring the works of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, James Branch Cabell, Edgar Allan Poe, Michael Moorcock, Ursula K. LeGuin, Gene Wolfe, and G.K. Chesterton. A self-described "feral child who was raised in libraries," Gaiman credits librarians with fostering a life-long love of reading: "I wouldn't be who I am without libraries. I was the sort of kid who devoured books, and my happiest times as a boy were when I persuaded my parents to drop me off in the local library on their way to work, and I spent the day there. I discovered that librarians actually want to help you: they taught me about interlibrary loans."

Neil Gaiman's work has been honoured with many awards internationally, including the Newbery and Carnegie Medals. His books and stories have also been honoured with four Hugos, two Nebulas, one World Fantasy Award, four Bram Stoker Awards, six Locus Awards, two British SF Awards, one British Fantasy Award, three Geffens, one International Horror Guild Award, and two Mythopoeic Awards.

Hometown:

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Date of Birth:

November 10, 1960

Place of Birth:

Portchester, England

Education:

Attended Ardingly College Junior School, 1970-74, and Whitgift School, 1974-77

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Creatures of the Night 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Moriquen on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A very quick, but great read!'The Daughter of Owls' was a nice story, more like a traditional fairy tale. But the one that I liked best was 'The Price'. I liked it because of the open ending. Not knowing what is going to happen afterwards can be irritating, but it suited the story here. I also liked it because we used to have cats, and somehow it is always the black ones that end up fighting a lot. I wonder what our Beurnie had to fight ...
TZacek on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Gaimen's book, as illustrated by Michael Zulli, was composed of two short stories: The Price and The Daughter of Owls. In the first, a slinky black cat adopts itself to the home of a writer and his family. Night after night, the cat turns up battered, bloody, and near death. The man thinks it is a typical predator or even another cat and so sits one night to watch. What he discovers staring through his window with a pair of night vision goggles is something distinctly NOT a typical predator. It is the battle between the most classic evil vs. the most classic good. Angels vs Devils. Daughter of Owls touches upon the same sort of shapeshifter idea as the first but this one takes place in a setting many many years earlier. An infant shows up on the steps of a local Church in the town of Dymton and the women in the town immediately condemn her, saying she is the daughter of owls and should be burned at the steak. The local priest, however, merely sends her to a convent where she lives on her own with a crabby old woman who wants nothing to do with her. Nevertheless, the girl grows into a lovely young woman (aren't all good stories that way?) and word of her loveliness spreads to the town. Being a village of suspicious women and apparently evil men, the gentlemen lie to their wives, claiming a hunting trip, and go to pay the girl a decidedly ungentlemanly visit. Her payback is their folly and the only thing found of these dastardly men are some watch bits and buttons and the girl is never seen again.Having both good stories, and lovely illustrations, I surprisingly didn't love this book that much. The stories were typical Gaimen and good in their own right. And Zulli's illustrations are lovely and intricate. And yet... they don't seem to mesh for me. I would have preferred simpler illustrations for Gaimen's work. And I would have much rather seen Zulli's work in a book of fairy tales. But what do I know? This was my first ever graphic novel.
TomWaitsTables on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Two short stories told in graphic novel format. The first one, "The Price," about cats, was intriguing. The second, "The Daughter of Owls" wasn't much of a story. It's worth checking out if you're a Gaiman fan, but I recommend you borrow it instead of buying it.
stickerooniDM More than 1 year ago
This brief graphic novel, written by one of the world's premier fantasy authors, Neil Gaiman, features two short stories: "The Price" and "The Daughter of Owls." Michael Zulli's illustrations really enhance these already powerful stories. The art here does what art should do in a graphic novel ... it helps tell the story. I noted that Gaiman rewrote the works to fit the graphic novel format. I haven't read the works prior to this, so I don't know what changes were made, but I suspect it had a lot to do with allowing the images tell some of the story. "The Price" was easily my favorite of the two stories here. Gaiman keeps the reader in much suspense, slowly revealing the 'truth' of the story which is both heart-warming and frightening at the same time. It is Gaiman's skill to give us these contradicting emotions that really makes me appreciate him. Though extremely brief, I struggled with "The Daughter of Owls." The story is interesting (it's Neil Gaiman - of course the story is interesting!) but the decision to have the lettering in a flowing, artistic script is strange. I understand the motivation for it, and how, artistically, it fits within the story, but it made it very difficult for this reader. It slowed me down. It took me out of the flow of the story in order to read the story. (See the review on my website for an example of this lettering.) At least on my computer I could enlarge the page a number of times so that I could read the words, but that made it more difficult to scroll through the book. The art was also not as up to par in this story as it was with the first story. This art felt more like colored sketches than a stylized, finished work. If this were only the last story, with this art and lettering, I'd struggle to recommend the book even though it's a Neil Gaiman story. But with the powerful story "The Price" leading this off, this is easily a book to recommend. Looking for a good book? Creatures of the Night is a graphic novel with two stories by Neil Gaiman and art by Michael Zulli. If you have a collection of Gaiman books, you will definitely want to include this book. If you do not have a collection of Neil Gaiman books, you should start one and do so with this book. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review.
ruthsic More than 1 year ago
Creatures of the Night collects two short stories - The Price and The Daughter of Owls. The artwork in this graphic novel is certainly the highlight - it is detailed, and the coloring is more elaborate than the flat color scheme we are used to. But it is also a very short book - 50 pages with both stories, so I think it was easier to go into so much detail when it came to artwork. The Price is the story about a man who adopts stray cats left near his house. One such cat, the Black Cat seems to be always hurt or wounded in some way. Day after day, the cat seems worse in the morning. But when the cat is kept inside and not allowed to go out, terrible things happen to the people of the house. When the man tries to find out where the cat goes at night, he learns how thankful he needs to be to the cat. It is heartbreaking, the story, and something that subverts the superstition around black cats; I loved it for that part. The next, The Daughter of Owls was probably too simplistic in storyline to really grab my attention. An orphan girl, with an owl pellet in her hand, is ostracized by the members of her village and is placed in the care of a retired nun. Later on, she grows to be an inhumanly beautiful girl who is in danger because of her beauty. The story was too linear and lacked the twist like The Price, which is why I was not so invested in it. Overall, it is a beautiful bit of artwork to see, as well as a quick read.
PearlCaulfield More than 1 year ago
Nothing short of what you would expect from Gaiman and Zulli. Full of mystery, magic and emotion. I only wish there were more gems like these.