Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman

The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains
by Neil Gaiman, with illustrations by Eddie Campbell

I've been a fan of Neil Gaiman's writing ever since his days working on the Sandman comic books for DC Comics back in 1989-1996. I continue to watch for, and enjoy, each new work he puts out, whether a juvenile picture book, a young adult novel, or a short story collection for adults. The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains is the latest release -- a re-release of a story which won Gaiman the Locus Award for Best Novelette in 2011, when it appeared in the anthology Stories. This time, Gaiman has collaborated with graphic artist Eddie Campbell, who has created numerous highly-stylized illustrations to accompany Gaiman's fluid and evocative prose. The story itself is fairly simple, but is still a thoughtful exercise in regret, vengeance, and relationships. I can't say that I'm a huge fan of Campbell's art -- it varies from grotesque to charming, but it definitely captures the tone of Gaiman's story. I wouldn't necessarily call this one of Gaiman's all-time best works, but it is a great example of his excellence in literary craftsmanship. -- recommended  by Scott C. - Bennett Martin Public Library [ see Scott's Reviewer Profile and other Reviews ]

[This is most appropriate for Gaiman fans, but if you're unfamiliar with his work, I would strongly recommend The Graveyard Book, Coraline, or any of his short story collections as similar to this book. His novels are also highly recommended, but I'd start with his shorter works!]

[Also available in book-on-cd format.]

[ official Neil Gaiman web site ] | [ official Eddie Campbell blog site ] 

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