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Prince of Stories: The Many Worlds of Neil Gaiman (original 2008; edition 2009)

by Christopher Golden, Hank Wagner (Editor), Stephen R. Bissette (Editor), Terry Pratchett (Foreword)

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Title:Prince of Stories: The Many Worlds of Neil Gaiman
Authors:Christopher Golden (Editor)
Other authors:Hank Wagner (Editor), Stephen R. Bissette (Editor), Terry Pratchett (Foreword)
Info:St. Martin's Griffin (2009), Edition: First Edition, Paperback, 560 pages
Collections:My books
Rating:****
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Prince of Stories: The Many Worlds of Neil Gaiman by Hank Wagner (2008)

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The Cemetery Dance edition was solicited and paid for in March of 2009.
Book is NOT as originally solicited.
At various times the delay was attributed to waiting for Bissette's exclusive artwork. This art is missing, including the piece I purchased from Mr. Bissette, a Sandman piece done especially for this edition.
Cover is absolutely atrocious and one of the worst on any book. If seen on a bookstore shelf, you would pass this by.
If memory serves me properly this was originally supposed to be signed by Gaiman as well, it is not.
A 6 1/2 year wait for a huge disappointment.
Better paper than the original release, but the original has much more art and a better cover. ( )
  Willie3 | Oct 24, 2015 |
What was I thinking? I don't like the Gaiman books I've read so far, feeling like beating him with long, leathery things studded with flesh-rending hooks, because CHARACTERS HAVE TO CHANGE SOMEHOW as a result of the journey of the novel, and his don't. So far, anyway.

So why read this gushing fanboy spoiler-fest? Why inundate myself with the trivia and ejecta of the man's undeniably interesting career doing things I don't care about, like comics and graphic novels?

To see what all the fuss is about. Still don't know.

I'm just not interested in comics/graphic novels, really, and that's about 250pp of the 500pp book. Gaiman's entire ouevre is spoilerized, which I found handy since I just can't make myself read another book by him. Now I don't have to. But really, now, the mind that can conceive the fascinating, delectably textured premise for American Gods can conceive an endinig for it! Having read the plot summaries of his comics work, I know he's done it before. So what was the problem?! Turns out...it was his first novel. The collaboration with Pratchett on Good Omens isn't all his. The novelization of Neverwhere isn't a novel from the ground up. The author himself says it was his first real novel.

But still! No ending! *mutters sulphrously*

Oh, anyway, I gave this book 2-1/2 stars because it's a breathless, giddy, golly-gee convention panel brochure that got delusions of grandeur. Don't read it unless you're a) sleepy yet can't fall asleep, b) a Gaiman fanatic AND under 24, or c) *desperate* to know what you're missing that everyone else is getting from this pop-culture phenom. (Nothing, the emperor's nekkid, but keep it quiet 'cause they're fun to watch.) ( )
1 vote richardderus | Feb 4, 2010 |
Reviewed by Christina Tsichlis for TeensReadToo.com

PRINCE OF STORIES: THE MANY WORLDS OF NEIL GAIMAN is a wonderful book for any fan of Neil Gaiman. It is an overview of his work as well as his life. It is clearly a book written by friends of the man himself and has a jovial feel to it, almost like friends telling stories about one of their own to one of their own. As a reader, one feels almost included in the circle of friendship that clearly helped to generate this book.

Virtually everything a Gaiman fan could want is included in this book, from a list of websites to discussions on characters, from family photos to cover art, and from interviews to journal entries. Gaiman's amazing accomplishments in the Science Fiction, Fantasy, Graphic Novel, and Film worlds come to life through the anecdotes and commentary in this book.

A reader comes away feeling like they have known the man for years. It is not simply a cut-and-dried look at Gaiman's amazing accomplishments or life. It carries in it the liveliness all of Gaiman's own works include.

While there is nothing that a parent of a younger child would particularly object to, this is a book written for older readers, for people who have already read Gaiman's work. If one has not read his books yet, it would be giving away some of the most wonderful joys and secret pleasures of reading books written by a master.

Gaiman is THE fantasist of our time, and his ability to shift between mediums is amazing. Considering that this book covers all of his work, some even that have not yet been published, it would be a shame to read this book before you have read or watched what Gaiman himself has created. ( )
1 vote | GeniusJen | Oct 12, 2009 |
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Bissette, Stephen R.main authorall editionsconfirmed
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Over the past twenty years, Neil Gaiman has developed into the premier fantasist of his generation, achieving that rarest of combinations—unrivaled critical respect and extraordinary commercial success.  From the landmark comic book series The Sandman to novels such as the New York Times bestselling American Gods and Anansi Boys, from children’s literature like Coraline to screenplays for such films as Beowulf, Gaiman work has garnered him an enthusiastic and fiercely loyal, global following.  To comic book fans, he is Zeus in the pantheon of creative gods, having changed that industry forever.  For discerning readers, he bridges the vast gap that traditionally divides lovers of “literary” and “genre” fiction.  Gaiman is truly a pop culture phenomenon, an artist with a magic touch whose work has won almost universal acclaim.
Now, for the first time ever, Prince of Stories chronicles the history and impact of the complete works of Neil Gaiman in film, fiction, music, comic books, and beyond. Containing hours of exclusive interviews with Gaiman and conversations with his collaborators, as well as wonderful nuggets of his work such as the beginning of an unpublished novel, a rare comic and never-before-seen essay, this is a treasure trove of all things Gaiman. In addition to providing in depth information and commentary on Gaiman’s myriad works, the book also includes rare photographs, book covers, artwork, and related trivia and minutiae, making it both an insightful introduction to his work, and a true “must-have” for his ever growing legion of fans.

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"Now, for the first time ever, Prince of Stories chronicles the history and impact of the complete works of Neil Gaiman in film, fiction, music, comic books, and beyond. Containing hours of exclusive interviews with Gaiman and conversations with his collaborators, as well as wonderful nuggets of his work - such as the beginning of an unpublished novel, a rare comic, and a never-before-published essay - this is a treasure trove of all things Gaiman. In addition to providing in-depth information and commentary on Gaiman's myriad works, Prince of Stories includes rare photographs, book covers, artwork, and related trivia and minutiae. It is both an insightful introduction to his work and a true must-have for his ever-growing legion of fans."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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