Author Spotlight: Neil Gaiman

I’ve been reading a lot of literature by Neil Gaiman lately, and have discovered his flair for creating whimsical, inventive fantasy that sucks you in. I read Stardust a few years ago and Neverwhere just a few weeks ago. Next on my list are American Gods and The Ocean at the End of the Lane.


In the past year or so I’ve been reading authors rather than individual books. It’s something I never really did before because I don’t like to be told what to do, mom. I always chose books based on the cover the description and plot, not because of a well-known author, or even because I’d read the author before. But recently I’ve tried to read an author’s entire works and I’ve found that I like the experience. I usually can’t read one author for too long though. I like to pick a different genre/time period to keep things interesting.

Anyway, this rambling post is meant to highlight one of my favorite authors, Neil Gaiman. Gaiman has a flair for creating hyper-real worlds that combine dark fantasy elements and a dry sense of humor. Collected here are a couple of my favorite Neil Gaiman quotes, about new beginnings and lost love. May these quotes bring a smile to your face as they did to mine.

About new year/new beginnings: 

“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.

I hope you will have a wonderful year, that you’ll dream dangerously and outrageously, that you’ll make something that didn’t exist before you made it, that you will be loved and that you will be liked, and that you will have people to love and to like in return. And, most importantly (because I think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the world right now), that you will, when you need to be, be wise, and that you will always be kind.”

About lost love: 

“There are a hundred things she has tried to chase away the things she won’t remember and that she can’t even let herself think about because that’s when the birds scream and the worms crawl and somewhere in her mind it’s always raining a slow and endless drizzle.

You will hear that she has left the country, that there was a gift she wanted you to have, but it is lost before it reaches you. Late one night the telephone will sign, and a voice that might be hers will say something that you cannot interpret before the connection crackles and is broken.

Several years later, from a taxi, you will see someone in a doorway who looks like her, but she will be gone by the time you persuade the driver to stop. You will never see her again.

Whenever it rains you will think of her. ”

Have a Happy Saturday, all. Thanks for reading.


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  • Whether or not you normally read comics, it’s worth reading Gaiman’s Sandman series. It contains a lot of his wonderful whimsy and characterisation, and was one of the books that helped redefine modern comics.

    • I don’t normally read comics, but I did enjoy both Watchmen and V for Vendetta and more recently, Habibi. It’s not my favorite medium but Gaiman’s Sandman is definitely something I want to read! Thanks for the rec, and for stopping by.

  • Just finished The Ocean at the End of the Lane. It’s worthy of the hype.

  • Excellent, that’s great to hear! My sister has it, so I think it’s time to steal it off her shelf!

  • I am currently reading The Ocean at the end of the Lane & it is beautiful.
    Can not wait to read more of him.
    Great blog post by the way, as usual 🙂

    • Thank you! I’m so glad to hear so many wonderful things about Neil Gaiman. I feel like he’s an author (and person!) that everyone cannot help but love and appreciate. I think that’s so indicative of his story-telling skills. I feel like Gaiman appeals to the child in each of us in a great way! Thanks for reading.

  • I’m planning to read American Gods soon, too! Only thing I’ve read of Gaiman’s is Coraline, but I loved it—plus it was incredibly creepy.