Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances

Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances

by Neil Gaiman

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Overview

Multiple award winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman returns to dazzle, captivate, haunt, and entertain with this third collection of short fiction following Smoke and Mirrors and Fragile Things—which includes a never-before published American Gods story, “Black Dog,” written exclusively for this volume.

In this new anthology, Neil Gaiman pierces the veil of reality to reveal the enigmatic, shadowy world that lies beneath. Trigger Warning includes previously published pieces of short fiction—stories, verse, and a very special Doctor Who story that was written for the fiftieth anniversary of the beloved series in 2013—as well “Black Dog,” a new tale that revisits the world of American Gods, exclusive to this collection.

Trigger Warning explores the masks we all wear and the people we are beneath them to reveal our vulnerabilities and our truest selves. Here is a rich cornucopia of horror and ghosts stories, science fiction and fairy tales, fabulism and poetry that explore the realm of experience and emotion. In Adventure Story—a thematic companion to The Ocean at the End of the Lane—Gaiman ponders death and the way people take their stories with them when they die. His social media experience A Calendar of Tales are short takes inspired by replies to fan tweets about the months of the year—stories of pirates and the March winds, an igloo made of books, and a Mother’s Day card that portends disturbances in the universe. Gaiman offers his own ingenious spin on Sherlock Holmes in his award-nominated mystery tale The Case of Death and Honey. And Click-Clack the Rattlebag explains the creaks and clatter we hear when we’re all alone in the darkness.

A sophisticated writer whose creative genius is unparalleled, Gaiman entrances with his literary alchemy, transporting us deep into the realm of imagination, where the fantastical becomes real and the everyday incandescent. Full of wonder and terror, surprises and amusements, Trigger Warning is a treasury of delights that engage the mind, stir the heart, and shake the soul from one of the most unique and popular literary artists of our day.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062330321
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/27/2015
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 106,004
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Neil Gaiman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books, including Norse Mythology, Neverwhere, and The Graveyard Book. Among his numerous literary awards are the Newbery and Carnegie medals, and the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, and Will Eisner awards. Originally from England, he now lives in America.

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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Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a sort of walking contradiction. I love short stories (especially writing them), but I've never been a huge fan of short story collections. I don't know what it is, but I've just always preferred novels. I have to say, this is certainly the exception--I look forward to going back and reading individual stories again and again on a whim. And while reading it almost felt like a novel, as if each story were an individual chapter of a larger piece, perhaps due to Gaiman's fantastic storytelling, and how each of his stories is very obviously a Gaiman story. Whatever the case, it kept me always wanting to immediately read the next one, just as his novel chapters do. Like I alluded to, every story here was amazing (which was also surprising, as often short story collections have a mix of good, bad, and okay stories), but of course I have a few personal favorites:  First off, quite possibly my most favorite, though I'm not sure, was his very short, less-than-one-page story in the Introduction, "Shadder." This is why I love Gaiman: even an incredibly short piece thrown into the middle of an introduction is amazing.  And speaking of, the Introduction was another favorite "story" of mine. It was incredibly enjoyable not only reading the intro as a whole, but also the small intros to each individual story. I've always loved reading how authors came to write certain stories, and Gaiman's voice makes it all the more enjoyable. Others include: "Making a Chair"; "The Lunar Labyrinth"; "Down to a Sunless Sea"; "A Calendar of Tales"; "The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury"; "Click-Clack the Rattlebag"; "And Weep, Like Alexander"; "Nothing O'Clock"; "The Sleeper and the Spindle"; and before I start just listing every title, I'll end my favorites list with "Black Dog," another fantastic American Gods story.  The only story I did not read was "The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains..." simply because I'm going to be reading the illustrated version (by Eddie Campbell) soon, and I wanted to experience it that way.  I really loved how Gaiman included not only short stories, but also poems and other experiments, such as the story "Orange" (which is in questionnaire format) or "A Calendar of Tales" which came from various Tweets, and also simply how there are Sherlock Holmes, Doctor Who, and American Gods stories. All in all, another amazingly fantastic book from Neil Gaiman. Highly recommended.
amberjc More than 1 year ago
I love this book! The myriad different stories have something for everyone. I really like how the author gave a thorough accounting of how each story came to be, and where it came from. Great set of stories from one of my most beloved authors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exelent
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I enjoyed this wee collection of short stories by Neil Gaiman very much. The explanation he provides for each tale prepares you for the experience of reading it by giving you a glimpse of what inspired him to write it in the first place. And of course it's nice to know that Neil likes Ray Bradbury and Tori Amos, too...
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It's an absolutely amazing collection of stories.
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great!
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Good
GRSA More than 1 year ago
I had already read one of these too short stories (Songs of Love and Death). I would have to say they all left me wanting a little more. If you are a Gaiman fan you will like them but be prepared to be unfulfilled.
NY_Reader1 More than 1 year ago
I've made it my policy not to buy a book where the e-book costs more than the paper book. I know that the profit margin to the retailer, publisher and author is higher with e-books, so this strikes me as a greedy money grab. I'll wait for the book to show up in the local used book store.