BRITISH AUTHOR CHALLENGE - DECEMBER 2017 - ELIZABETH GASKELL & NEIL GAIMAN
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ELIZABETH GASKELL BOOKS
North and South
The Grey Woman
Wives and Daughters
Lois the Witch
Cranford and Mr Harrison's Confessions
Half a Lifetime Ago
My Lady Ludlow (1985)
A Dark Night's Work (1992)
The Moorland Cottage (1995)
The Life of Charlotte Bronte (1857)
NEIL GAIMAN BOOKS
1. American Gods (2001)
1.5. The Monarch of the Glen (2016)
2. Anansi Boys (2005)
2.5. Black Dog (2016)
1. Interworld (2007) (with Michael Reaves)
2. The Silver Dream (2012) (with Michael Reaves)
3. Eternity's Wheel (2015) (with Mallory Reaves and Michael Reaves)
InterWorld 2-Book Collection (omnibus) (2014) (with Michael Reaves)
The Complete Interworld Trilogy (omnibus) (2017) (with Mallory Reaves and Michael Reaves)
Good Omens (1990) (with Terry Pratchett)
The Graveyard Book (2008)
Odd and the Frost Giants (2008)
Fortunately, the Milk (2012)
The Ocean at the End of the Lane (2012)
Angels and Visitations (1993)
Warning: Contains Language (1995)
Smoke and Mirrors (1998)
Midnight Days (1999)
Two Plays for Voices (2002)
Adventures in the Dream Trade (2002)
Creatures of the Night (2004)
Noisy Outlaws, Unfriendly Blobs, and Some Other Things . . . (2005) (with Jonathan Safran Foer, Nick Hornby and Jon Scieszka)
Fragile Things (2006)
The Neil Gaiman Reader (2006) (with Darrell Schweitzer)
M Is for Magic (2007)
Blueberry Girl (poems) (2009)
Zombies: The Recent Dead (2011) (with Max Brooks, Tobias S Buckell, Brian Keene, Joe R Lansdale, Tim Lebbon, Kelly Link and Kit Reed)
Trigger Warning (2012)
All Star Future Shocks (2013) (with Simon Furman, Alan Grant, Mark Millar, Peter Milligan and Grant Morrison)
Fantasy For Good (2014) (with Kevin J Anderson, Piers Anthony, Katharine Kerr, Jay Lake, George R R Martin, Michael Moorcock and Roger Zelazny)
Neil Gaiman's Likely Stories (2016)
Norse Mythology (2017)
How to Talk to Girls at Parties (2017)
Murder Mysteries (2002) (with P Craig Russell)
MirrorMask: The Illustrated Film Script of the Motion Picture from the Jim Henson Company (2005)
Beowulf: The Script Book (2007) (with Roger Avary)
Good Omens: The BBC Radio 4 dramitisation (2015) (with Terry Pratchett)
Crazy Hair (2009)
Chu's Day (2013)
Chu's First Day of School (2014)
Chu's Day at the Beach (2015)
Shoggoth's Old Peculiar (2004)
The Sleeper and The Spindle (2012)
The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains (2014) (with Eddie Campbell)
How the Marquis Got His Coat Back (2015)
Series contributed to
Babylon 5 : Episode Novelizations
Day of the Dead (1998)
Doctor Who : Eleventh Doctor
Nothing O'Clock (2013)
Doctor Who (with Holly Black, Malorie Blackman, Eoin Colfer, Charlie Higson, Derek Landy, Richelle Mead, Patrick Ness, Philip Reeve, Michael Scott Rohan, Alex Scarrow, Michael Scott and Marcus Sedgwick)
12 Doctors 12 Stories (2014)
Duran Duran (1984)
Don't Panic (1987)
What I Thought I Saw (1996)
A Walking Tour of the Shambles (2002) (with Gene Wolfe)
Make Good Art (2013)
Monkey and Me (2015)
The View from the Cheap Seats (2016)
Gaiman is one of my favorite writers so I've been reading him throughout the year.
How to Talk to Girls at Parties, Troll Bridge, Forbidden brides of the faceless slaves in the secret house of the night of dread desire
A trio of enjoyable graphic novel adaptations of short stories. "Forbidden brides" is the standout, both in terms of story and art.
Cinnamon, illustrated by Divya Srinivasan
A slight story, but Srinivasan illustrations are to die for.
Norse Mythology, read by the author
Extraordinary! The stories of the Norse gods are bloody and bawdy and funny and not to be missed. Gaiman delivers another stellar performance; his voices for Thor and Loki are fantastic.
And I read Gaskell's charming Cranford yesterday. There isn't a strong central narrative, but it's made up of lovely little vignettes.
The BBC Radio 4 program "In Our Time" hosted by Melvyn Bragg had a 1/2 hour program devoted to Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North and South a few weeks back. I download their podcasts regularly and haven't listened to this one yet, but I will. Here is the URL in case somebody else would be interested in listening to it.
I had no idea there was an author challenge including Neil Gaiman this December. Completely independently of this, I'd decided to read as many Gaiman books as I have time for this month - I have quite a bit of catching up to do.
So far I've read The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish and Dangerous Alphabet, which were both excellent, and I've started on M Is for Magic which I'm also enjoying.
I finished listening to Gaiman's Fortunately, the milk today. It has reaffirmed my belief that the only way to get more pleasure out of a Neil Gaiman book is by listening to Neil Gaiman read it.
Ever since posting on the threads and entering some of the challenges, December has become a time to wrap up reading for the year. Because there were so many books that had been dangling, I chose a graphic novel for my first Neil Gaiman read.
I think that The Books of Magic was a great introduction to Gaiman who, I understand, writes through many different genres. The book itself was an introduction, that of young Tim Hunter to the world of magic, past, present and future and places in between.
In case people have missed it (and I suspect most have because there's been no mention of it here on the thread), BBC Radio have made an audio play version of Gaiman's Anansi Boys, with the first episode (of six) premiering on Christmas Day and the final one today. They will be available 30 days from broadcast so you have time to listen if you're interested. (I haven't yet, but I definitely will, the director/adaptor Dirk Maggs's adaption of Neverwhere, with James McAvoy among others, was the thing that got me hooked on Gaiman in the first place.)
You can listen either on the website or via the BBC iPlayer app, and you can listen anywhere in the world, there are no geographical restrictions.
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