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Author Spotlight: Neil Gaiman

RWC Tutor Audrey Bergen writes about author Neil Gaiman and his books in honor of his birth month.

Neil Gaiman is a British author who primarily writes fiction within the fantasy genre. His works include American Gods, Coraline, Neverwhere, Stardust, Good Omens, The Sandman series, and The Ocean at the End of the Lane, some of which have been turned into movies or TV series. He was born on November 10, 1960. He started reading by the time he turned four and was always fond of books. Some of the books he remembers reading as a child include C.S. Lewis’s Narnia series, J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, and Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Coraline is about a 9-year-old Coraline Jones, who is bored with her real life. Soon she finds a little door that sends her to a parallel universe where everything is more exciting. She is divided between staying or rescuing her parents and the lost souls of the children trapped there.

Stardust centers on heartbroken Tristian Thorn who attempts to win the heart of Victoria Forester. He promises to bring her a falling star from the night sky. The vow sends him over the town's ancient wall and into the mysterious land of Faerie.

American Gods captures Shadow’s journey after his release from prison. On the airplane back home, he encounters an enigmatic man, Mr. Wednesday, who claims to be a former god and American king. Together theyembark on a strange journey through the heart of the U.S.

Neverwhere follows the story of Richard Mayhew, a young, ordinary businessman from London. Richard’s life is completely changed after he helps a bleeding girl on the sidewalk. His act of kindness sends him into a world he never believed existed.

Fantasy lovers of all ages will be able to find something to enjoy in Neil Gaiman’s writing. Whether it is the humor and apocalyptic nature of American Gods or the curses and magical market in Stardust, there is something for everyone. One thing many of Neil Gaiman’s books have in common is that they are immersive; they transport you to a world different from our own, yet one that is eerily familiar. Whichever of Neil Gaiman’s books you choose to read, you’re bound to enjoy its whimsy and enchantment.

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