Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman


source: free review copy via Harper Collins
title: Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances
author: Neil Gaiman
genre: short story/fantasy
pages: 368
published: October 27, 2015
rated: 4 out of 5 stars

In this new anthology, Neil Gaiman pierces the veil of reality to reveal the enigmatic, shadowy world that lies beneath. Trigger Warning includes previously published pieces of short fiction—stories, verse, and a very special Doctor Who story that was written for the fiftieth anniversary of the beloved series in 2013—as well “Black Dog,” a new tale that revisits the world of American Gods, exclusive to this collection.

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…

my thoughts:
The folks over at Harper Collins kindly sent me an ARC of Neil Gaiman’s Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances back in January of 2015 and look how long it has taken me to read it.

I liked the introduction by the author and after reading each story, I’d go back and read his comments on each which was a nice touch. I savored each of these stories with a few poems thrown in. What I like about short stories is that there is not too much commitment. You can read one or two a day and feel a little sense of accomplishment at the end of each one.

One of my favorites here was “The Thing About Cassandra”. I can’t really say what it was about without spoiling it, but I found the premise of this one really cool and think it would make for a great full length novel.

Another good one was “The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains”. This one was about revenge. I also really liked “My Last Landlady”, it was a too-short ghost story. This is not my first time reading this author and Gaiman’s writing tends to captivate me.

I hope your world is kind. By which I mean, I’ve heard we see the world not as it is but as we are. A saint sees a world of saints, a killer sees only murderers and victims. I see the dead.
p.67, Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman

I found that a common theme in these stories was that things aren’t what they seem to be. If you take the time to look a little closer, you might see things that you hadn’t noticed before.

Another good one was “Feminine Endings”, about a statue that is in love with a woman. Narrated by the statue, this one had a creepy, stalker-like vibe to it. Statues can creep me out as it is, it does sometimes seem like they move just a fragment when you look away and look back at them.

I love you, and it is my love for you that drives me to know all about you. The more I know the closer I am to you.
p.226, Trigger Warning

Overall, Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances is a nice collection of stories with a few poems thrown in. I recommend this one, especially if you enjoy fantasy and don’t mind being scared just a little bit.

We need to find out what fiction is, what it means, to us, an experience that is going to be unlike anyone else’s experience of the story.
-Neil Gaiman


about the author:
I make things up and write them down. Which takes us from comics (like SANDMAN) to novels (like ANANSI BOYS and AMERICAN GODS) to short stories (some are collected in SMOKE AND MIRRORS) and to occasionally movies (like Dave McKean’s MIRRORMASK or the NEVERWHERE TV series, or my own short film A SHORT FILM ABOUT JOHN BOLTON).

In my spare time I read and sleep and eat and try to keep the blog at more or less up to date.

Disclaimer: This review is my honest opinion. I did not receive any kind of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. I am under no obligation to write a positive review. My free review copy of Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman was from Harper Collins . Nothing in this post is for download, the crochet photo is my own.

20 thoughts on “Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman

  1. Hi Naida,

    I would say that this probably isn’t a book for me, although in all fairness I have never read any of Neil Gaiman’s books, so I am not familiar with his style of writing.

    I am also not a huge fan of short stories, although I can remember watching a television series back in the 1980’s called ‘Tales Of The Unexpected’ …

    “Each episode told a story, often with sinister and wryly comedic undertones, with an unexpected twist ending. Every episode of Series 1, eight episodes of Series 2 and one episode of Series 3 were based on short stories by Roald Dahl collected in the books ‘Tales of the Unexpected’, ‘Kiss Kiss’ and ‘Someone Like You’.”

    I did enjoy the series, but I think that was because it was more visual rather than in print.

    I quite like the sound of the author comments about each story, which again is rather like the spoken introductions to each episode of the TV series, recorded by Roald Dahl himself.

    Thanks for sharing and I’m pleased that you enjoyed the book 🙂


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    • Hi Yvonne. ‘Tales Of The Unexpected’ sounds like a good series, I like stuff like that.
      I enjoyed this one and that the author had comments for each story too.
      Happy weekend and thanks for stopping in!


  2. I’m glad you had the chance to read this book at last, Naida. I have many books in my stacks that I should have read a long time ago. It sounds as if you enjoyed this collection a lot. Excellent review–and gorgeous crochet work!

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  3. This one sounds so good, but I’ve been hesitant to pick it up since I’m hit or miss when it comes to Gaiman’s books. Some I’ve loved, some I’ve loathed. Your review makes me think I should give this one a try though. Great review!

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  4. I definitely need to read more by Neil Gaiman! I think this sounds like it would be a good read for the R.I.P. challenge as well! By the way, would love to see more of the crochet work you showed us in the picture. Looks cozy!

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  5. I have kinda love/hate relationship with Neil 😀 so I’m always thinking about WHICH is the next book by him I should read! You made this one sound good! 🙂

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  6. I haven’t read a Gaiman book for a long while. This one sounds like a good read with a variety of themes thrown in. 🙂


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