Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Trigger Warning (Review & Giveaway!)

Hey there, everyone!

Title: Trigger Warning
Author: Neil Gaiman
Publisher: William Morrow
Published Date: 3rd February 2015
Rating: 4 Stars

*Thanks to the publisher for the review copy*

Synopsis: 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.

Review: I was really excited to read this one because I have been meaning to try books by this author seeing as I had heard a lot of brilliant things about his writing. I was also a bit wary though, because short story collections are not usually my thing and I didn’t want it to let me down. But luckily, this book was fabulous.

There are wayyy to many stories in this collection for me to take the time to review every single one. I am going to mention a few of those that I liked and what I liked about his writing in general. Some of the stories are clever ones, with twists and hidden meanings that you have to think about after reading them. Some are more realistic than others, some a bit quirky and funny, and some a twist on other things. I think I liked the ones that were twists on other things, like Fairytales and so on (there were two of those) and also the ones where you had to think about them a bit to determine their hidden meaning.

There were some poems thrown into this short story collection as well. I may be mistaken but I counted four. I wanted a few more, to be honest. Two of the poems were prose style poems, so they are pretty easy to follow even if you aren’t really into poetry. I really loved how creative his poetry was because first of all, poetry in general is underrated and then again, it might have been simplistic at times, but the meaning was always clear and a likeable message to read into it.

One of the short stories was called Nothing O’Clock. Now, Neil Gaiman has written episodes for a personal favourite series of mine that I have watched since I was a child called Doctor Who. And in this short story he writes a Doctor Who story. I loved LOVED it so much. It was written so wonderfully, I could simply imagine it being one of the episodes and it would’ve been wicked if it could actually become one. So I was busy fangirling. It was like reading fanfiction, but seeing as it was done by someone legit to Doctor Who, it was like reading the best quality fanfiction there is. That’s the best way to describe it.

In general, a lovely collection of short stories that were wonderfully written. I am sure there is a bit of something for everyone in there. And I wish I could steal Neil Gaiman’s writing talent ^.^

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Olivia-Savannah x

53 comments:

  1. He is indeed such a good writer - he is one of my favourite writers and I loved this collection too. Would love for the Doctor Who story to be transformed into an episode too! You should read more of his books.

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    1. I am definitely going to be reading more books of his in the future and I am looking forward to it. It would be so cool if it could become an episode!

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  2. This book appears to be a mix of everything. I'm not familiar with the author, though.

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    1. It has a bit of it all, but it is all good!

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  3. Hi, Olivia - Short story collections are usually not my thing either. Glad this one worked out for you so well. I'll need to check out this author.
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    1. It's nice when I got out of my comfort zone and it works for me. I hope you do.

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  4. I've got a bit of love/hate relationship with Neil Gaiman. I liked some of his books and then others were a bit meh for me. I'll have to try this one out.

    Ely @ Tea & Titles

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    1. Hm, maybe not all of them are as good as this one? I will have to choose his next book carefully then!

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  5. I've never seen a single episode of Dr. Who. Right? And Neil Gaiman's writing is just wild beyond my comprehension. Lol. Glad you loved it, Olivia!

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    1. Oh no, you just have to! I love that show so much <33

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  6. He is an amazing writer! And who the heck doesn't like Doctor Who?!! I love short story collections, especially if they have a sort of retelling or additional meaning to something already written. Great review!

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    1. And, yes, I love fanfiction. I still read Twilight, Harry Potter, Divergent fanfiction.

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    2. I am quickly figuring that ^^ YAY another Whovian :) I am not so big on fanfiction, but I appreciate all the fangirl funny Pinterest posts that come from it.

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  7. Well dang maybe I should start reading more fanfiction? It seems like Lekeisha really likes it! I'm like you girl, I'm not a huge fan of short stories but crazy enough I'll read through some Alice Walker ANYDAY!:)Great review chica!♡

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    1. Lekeisha does! I think maybe I need to try and find one that works for me... maybe that is the problem?

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  8. So you did get around to reading a short story collection! Neil Gaiman is a fantastic author. I'd also recommend his novella The Ocean at the End of the Lane.

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    1. I will check that one out because I am looking out for some more of his books to try! And I did, like I said I would ^.^

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  9. I don't do many short stories, esp collections, but my hubby does like gaiman

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    1. From the review that your husband put on your blog I could understand that!

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  10. I keep forgetting that this book is out! I think my favorite Neil Gaiman stories are always his short stories so I need to invest in this SOON.

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    1. You should definitely get it, especially if you already know his short stories are something you enjoy!

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  11. I don't read a lot of fanfiction, so I don't really know if I like it or not. :-) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  12. Hello Olivia, Thanks for sharing your thoughts on Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman. I hear lots about him, but I haven't read anything by him. I'm not much of a short story reader, but it's a good way of experiencing an author. Take care.

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    1. I decided to try this one just because I had heard so much about him. I encourage you to try it out.

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  13. [ Smiles ] Thank you for reviewing another great book!

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  14. Looking forward to reading this book. Neil Gaiman is such a fantastic author and I am glad that you have found this book enjoyable. :)

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    1. I think this book definitely proved to me that he is.

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  15. Wonderful review. This book sounds so interesting!!! :)

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  16. Love Neil Gaiman! Currently reading American Gods. Excited for this one too! Thanks! :)

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  17. I have not read any of his books, but a short story compilation may be a good way to ease into his work.

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    1. Yes, it's a good way to get started :)

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    1. It's a unique and different kind of book.

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  19. Short stories are difficult to nail and even more difficult to admire, in my opinion. This collection still seems to be very nice, and I'm glad you were able to find plenty of positives in it. Great review!

    Sarika @ The Readdicts

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    1. I would agree with you. Short stories are definitely hard to get just right.

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  20. I love to read almost anything. Neil Gaiman is a very talented writer. If my memory is still working I think he write Caroline which was later adapted in to a movie.

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    1. Yes, he did write that and Coraline is also on my TBR.

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  21. I have only read one of his books and that was the illustrated The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains, it was good. I keep meaning to read more of his books like Stardust or Coraline but haven't got around to it yet. He is certainly a talented man!

    Heather | Random Redheaded Ramblings

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    1. You really should try to read more! I am intending to try Coraline myself at some point too.

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  22. Just got your notice that I won. Thanks so much!!!

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    1. You're welcome! Hope you enjoy reading it ^^

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  23. So glad you enjoyed this collection. It sounds wonderful. Neil Gaiman does have an amazing talent. I haven't read any short stories by him, but I have read a few of his MG books. My co-author, Jessica, loves his books- especially The Sandman series (graphic novels).

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    1. I am hoping to read some of his MG even though I don't usually read it. He will definitely be my more experimental choice of author.

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  24. Neil Gaiman is such a glorious writer. I've read a few of his MG books and Stardust (which I highly recommend, it's gorgeous and in with that fairytale feeling kind of story), but his adult work has been eluding me and I haven't got to the stage where I've quite sunk into it, yet. I adore his fairytale-esq work, though, and the fact there are a couple of those kinds of stories in this is very intriguing!
    Sounds really interesting. Lovely review.x

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    1. I'm so glad to know you have been able to enjoy some of his works so far, and I definitely plan on reading Stardust at some point! Hopefully you will get to his adult kind of works soon :)

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