Trigger Warning

Trigger Warning

Short Fictions and Disturbances

Book - 2015
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Multiple award winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman returns to dazzle, captivate, haunt, and entertain with this third collection of short fiction following Smoke and Mirrors and Fragile Things--which includes a never-before published American Gods story, "Black Dog," written exclusively for this volume.

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. In Adventure Story--a thematic companion to The Ocean at the End of the Lane--Gaiman ponders death and the way people take their stories with them when they die. His social media experience A Calendar of Tales are short takes inspired by replies to fan tweets about the months of the year--stories of pirates and the March winds, an igloo made of books, and a Mother's Day card that portends disturbances in the universe. Gaiman offers his own ingenious spin on Sherlock Holmes in his award-nominated mystery tale The Case of Death and Honey. And Click-Clack the Rattlebag explains the creaks and clatter we hear when we're all alone in the darkness.

A sophisticated writer whose creative genius is unparalleled, Gaiman entrances with his literary alchemy, transporting us deep into the realm of imagination, where the fantastical becomes real and the everyday incandescent. Full of wonder and terror, surprises and amusements, Trigger Warning is a treasury of delights that engage the mind, stir the heart, and shake the soul from one of the most unique and popular literary artists of our day.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2015.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780062330260
0062330268
Branch Call Number: FIC Gaima
Characteristics: xxxvii, 310 p.

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Quirky, intriguing, frightening, clever, disturbing. Often justice is served, just not as one might expect, but so well told! My fave, The Sleeper and the Spindle, a coolly updated spin on Sleeping Beauty.

Kris--Pt. Roberts

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BJune10
Jun 08, 2017

Neil Gaiman is a master storyteller. The short stories in this novel had me completely entrigued until I turned the last page. Carefully weaved tales are sure to entangle you in their twists and turns. From Love Letters to Doctor Who, Gaiman covers it all using dark twists, sure to keep you up past midnight.
Though the novel had several dark twists designed shock the reader, I was not frightened by short stories finding it entriguing rather than frightening. If you are sensitive to dark plot twists in novels, I would suggest not reading this book.

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goddessbeth
Sep 10, 2016

Neil Gaiman could write an instruction manual for an IKEA bookcase and I'd probably love it. But that said, this was everything I hoped it would be. Gaiman has a delicious way of utilizing language and expectation to create truly disturbing, thought-provoking, and unique things. This anthology contains both short stories (of varying length) and poetry. Some are familiar, some are new (to me, anyway). Some were disturbing, some were amusing, all were entertaining and a joy to read.

I've found it rare to encounter an author who is as good with full-length novels as short stories, considering the very different styles each requires. But Gaiman's masterful art of wordplay really supports his talent with these short stories. Each one has a 'how it came to be' story in the prologue, which was fascinating. Of all of them, The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury was the most deeply personal. Not creepy at all, but it felt like reading my own inner self (only, more poetic). I don't know that I've ever read something so intimate it felt like I wrote it, before. And I can't help thinking I would LOVE to hear Neil read it- what luck, he narrates the audiobook version of Trigger Warning! Also: there was not a single story or poem in here that was forgettable or 'meh'.

Whether you like classic horror, or Doctor Who, or fairytale retellings, or novellas tied into longer works of fiction, or dark fantasy, or poetry, or folktales, or musings, there will be something in here for you. Probably multiple somethings. I highly recommend this collection.

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Carina_Cakewalk
Sep 01, 2016

I like thrillers. This is a horror movie in book form. I tried one story and it was too "disturbing," as the title warns, to finish. So I tried a second and a third story. No better, so I quit the book.

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tierneycreates
Jul 29, 2016

You must listen to the audiobook version with Neil narrating in his delightful English accent!

Miranda_Ericsson Jun 23, 2016

Strange, eerie tales with the pitch perfect voice of a master story teller. The author also gives background and context for the stories in his introduction, which was very interesting to me as a writer. Highly recommended on audio, read by the author himself.

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rebmartin31
Jun 01, 2016

Not my favorite Neil Gaiman, unfortunately. A slapdash collection of stories of uneven length.

KateHillier Mar 29, 2016

It has taken me awhile to finally get to this and as much as I am annoyed with myself for taking so long it was definitely, definitely worth the wait. No one writes like Neil Gaiman does and there is no disappointing story in this collection. A few of them I have read before in other collections or online but I was perfectly pleased to come across them again. Standout ones for me include the beautiful Sherlock Holmes pastiche "The Case of Death and Honey," the wonderful "The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains...", the Matt Smith-era Doctor Who story "Nothing O'Clock", the creepy "Feminine Endings", "The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury," and a check in with American Gods' Shadow in "Black Dog." I actually had to stop myself there because I will literally name the whole thing.

If you're a fan of Gaiman, you'll love this. If you've never read him before you're about to read some of the most wonderfully written stories ever. Things don't end well for most of the characters in these works but that doesn't make them any less beautiful.

CMLReads_Kristin Mar 10, 2016

Creepy, weird, and/or scary...oh, and fairy tale retellings. There's something for everyone who likes Gaiman's work in this one volume. The audio is a particular treat, since he narrates it himself.

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coastie81
Jan 02, 2016

Aptly titled. Scary stuff, creepy stuff, sad, and some sweet and all wonderful. Do pick it up for story beginning page 105, best new genie/3 wish story ever.

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Carina_Cakewalk
Sep 01, 2016

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Of the 3 stories I tried, I found them too scary to finish.

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