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Neil Gaiman Biography

Neil Richard MacKinnon Gaiman was originally born as Neil Richard Gaiman on November 10th, 1960. Gaiman is a well known English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels and films.

His most notable works include the comic book series The Sandman and his novels Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book. He has won numerous awards, such as the Hugo Award, Nebula Award, the Bram Stoker awards, the Newbery Award and many Carnegie medal awards. Gaiman was actually the first author to win both the Newbery and the Carnegie medals for the same work his book The Graveyard Book which was published in 2008.



As a child and a teenager, Gaiman used to love reading popular works of C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Lewis Carroll, James Branch Cabell, Edgar Allan Poe, Michael Moorcock, Ursula K. Le Guin, Harlan Ellison, Rudyard Kipling, Lord Dunsany and G. K. Chesterton In the early 80’s Gaiman began to pursue journalism where he conducted interviews and wrote many book reviews. He did this as a means to learn about the world itself and to try to make connections that would later help him in getting his books published.

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Coraline- Coraline's often wondered what's behind the locked door in the drawing room. It reveals only a brick wall when she finally opens it, but when she tries again later, a passageway mysteriously appears. Coraline is surprised to find a flat decorated exactly like her own, but strangely different. And when she finds her "other" parents in this alternate world, they are much more interesting despite their creepy black button eyes. When they make it clear, however, that they want to make her theirs forever, Coraline begins a nightmarish game to rescue her real parents and three children imprisoned in a mirror. With only a bored-through stone and an aloof cat to help, Coraline confronts this harrowing task of escaping these monstrous creatures.

Gaiman has delivered a wonderfully chilling novel, subtle yet intense on many levels. The line between pleasant and horrible is often blurred until what's what becomes suddenly clear, and like Coraline, we resist leaving this strange world until we're hooked. Unnerving drawings also cast a dark shadow over the book's eerie atmosphere, which is only heightened by simple, hair-raising text. Coraline is otherworldly storytelling at its best. 

American Gods- Days before his release from prison, Shadow's wife, Laura, dies in a mysterious car crash. Numbly, he makes his way back home. On the plane, he encounters the enigmatic Mr. Wednesday, who claims to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America.

Together they embark on a profoundly strange journey across the heart of the USA, whilst all around them a storm of preternatural and epic proportions threatens to break. Scary, gripping and deeply unsettling, AMERICAN GODS takes a long, hard look into the soul of America. You'll be surprised by what and who it finds there... This is the author's preferred text, never before published in the UK, and is about 12,000 words longer than the previous UK edition.

The Sandman

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