Book Review: Trigger Warning – Neil Gaiman ****

Book Review: Trigger Warning – Neil Gaiman ****

“There are things that wait for us, patiently, in the dark corridors of our lives. We think we have moved on, put them out of mind, left them to desiccate and shrivel and blow away; but we are wrong. They have been waiting there in the darkness, working out, practicing their most vicious blows, their sharp hard thoughtless punches into the gut, killing time until we came back that way.” 

TRIGGER WARNING is a cornucopia of storytelling: horror and ghost stories, science fiction and fairy tales, fabulism and poetry. It will open your eyes to the inexhaustible supply of darkness around you, the magic and the monsters, the myths and the miracles, and to finding truths in the most extraordinary of places.

I recently remembered that I never wrote a review for this book. Shame on me.

I took this book with me on holiday to France as a backup plan. You know, just in case I ran out of other things to read. And it’s a good thing I did because I finished Strange the Dreamer on my first day there and Rebecca (which I hated) a couple days later. So suddenly, I only had my backup read left… I had taken it with me on a whim. Neil Gaiman is a brilliant writer and I have loved everything I’ve read by him so far. Still, I’ve never had much luck with short story collections before.

From the first page, I knew I was in for a treat. Neil Gaiman has this way of spinning a web of mystery and suspense. Suddenly you’re trapped, a door closes behind you, the masks fall off and you’re left wondering how you got there in the first place.

I don’t read a lot of thrillers, I almost never read horror but these stories I liked. I can’t say that I liked all of them because that never happens for me. But I really enjoyed the majority. When I reached the Doctor Who one… I might have screamed. (I definitely screamed…) The other ones I loved because they were so well written and so original.

If you want a compelling read that you can put down and pick up whenever you want (that’s the beauty of short stories, isn’t it..), you should give this one a go. I’m not saying you’ll be able to put it down… I certainly wasn’t… but you’re welcome to try.

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