This was, like, really good.
I picked it up at the airport two weekends ago only because I happened to notice it next to Stardust. Having already watched the movie, I decided I'd prefer to read something else and figured the same author would provide something entertaining.
I was really blown away. First, I had no idea who Neil Gaiman was and now I feel like a bad comic book fan. It's no wonder I liked this so much. Second, Gaiman has an amazing ability to tell a story. His tones are so unique in that he can keep a story modern, full of humor, and dangerous at the same time. I also liked how the narrative shifted depending on the storytelling. Another unique theme that Gaiman played with quite well was the web of characters and plots that ran through the course of the novel, which all came together at the end. He avoided cheap shocks and forecasted the plot, but it was really well done.
He also had stellar control over what he was saying and the pictures he presented. He gave enough information to engage and stimulate the reader, but not so much to spoil the story.
Lastly, my favorite aspect of this book is that I felt quite inspired after reading it. Usually a great book leaves me thinking, "Wow, what a great book." But, I feel as if this gave me some type of life lesson I have been missing recently.
I'd certainly encourage everyone to read it.
Edited by medium13 - 05-Nov-2010 at 5:45pm