Neue Rezensionen zu Neil Gaiman
Oh wow, it’s so strange to be back among the living. Okay, that sounds weird. Let me explain myself: I just came back from my trip to The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. You’ve probably heard of it before as it has already been released in 2008 by Bloomsbury and has been hugely popular (as far as I can tell now that I’m finally looking into it) ever since.
The novel follows the story of a boy: Bod, short for Nobody. After his family is brutally murdered, he grows up in a graveyard. But he isn’t alone: all the ghosts (and other beings) there watch him grow up and help in every way possible. But can a living boy find happiness among the dead?
To be honest, I find it very hard to pinpoint exactly what made me love this book so much. It’s written in a third-person narrative and although it initially felt episodic, when Bod learned the stories of the different inhabitants of the graveyard, I was very much positively surprised by all of those narratives coming together in the end. Not that I didn’t like the little stories that are told throughout the chapters. They are amazing – it’s just a plus that they all fit into another overarching narrative.
I think a major part of why I loved this book so much is the characters: they are extremely well written and I actually felt like getting to know them just as Bod was doing the same. In a way, we grew up on that graveyard together. In a way, it’s actually “just” a story about a boy stumbling through life and trying to figure out what is right and what isn’t; and that maybe, sometimes, it’s okay to not know. That the most important thing is having a family – although that doesn’t necessarily mean that one’s actually related to them or that they fit the social norms; family as in people to catch you when you fall. This book just felt like a blanket full of love and comfort. A book stressing the beauty of living.
I feel like I can’t really say much else about this book without taking too much away already. But should you ever be in need of a comfort-book: this one should be among the ones you consider. It worked for me – more than perfectly.
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STARDUSTMatthew Beard and Sophie Rundle star in a brand new BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of the bestselling novel by Neil Gaiman, narrated by Eleanor Bron.
Challenged to retrieve a fallen star, Tristran Thorn leaves the sleepy English village of Wall and crosses into the land of Faerie and the realm of Stormhold. Locating the star, he discovers it is no meteorite, but a young woman, Yvaine.
When Yvaine evades him and escapes, Tristran discovers he is not the only one in pursuit of the star: there are dark forces in this magical land, and he must find Yvaine before she falls into their clutches. As he does so, Tristran will uncover the secret to his own identity and a fate beyond his wildest dreams.
Directed by Dirk Maggs and Heather Larmour, and featuring over 35 minutes of unbroadcast material, this stunning new dramatisation boasts an extensive cast including Frances Barber, Maggie Steed, Nicholas Boulton, Blake Ritson, Bryan Dick, Charlotte Riley, Aisling Loftus, Sanjeev Bhaskar and Alex Macqueen. There are also cameo appearances by Tori Amos and Neil Gaiman.
Einfach unsere Frage zu dieser Runde beantworten und der Lostopf wird entscheiden.
Frage: Digital oder CD – was ist euch am liebsten?
Alll the best from London,
Ulrike @ PRH UK
Im January hatten wir euch ja schon Benedecit Cumberbatch im Hörbuchformat forgestellt und die Hörrunde war sehr interessant.
Nun wollten wir mit unserem nächsten Titel noch nicht ganz vom beliebten Schaupieler abkommen. Jedoch dachten wir uns, Neil Gaiman und sein tolles BBC Hörspiel NEVERWHERE würde doch optimal für das Februarwetter passen!
Wir verlosen 15 CDs (leider nicht digital). Wenn ihr uns die folgenden Fragen beantwortet, dann kommt ihr automatisch in unseren Lostopf!
1) Wo findet ihr denn meistens eure neuene Hörbuchtitel ? (Blogs, social media, Buchhändler, Zeitschriften, SoundCloud, etc)
2) Wo kauft ihr denn normalerweise Eure CDs?
Wir freuen uns auf die Hörrunde mit euch – good luck!
All the best from sunny London,
Ulrike @ PRH UK
Zum TitelHier gibt’s eine kleine Einführung - from Neil Gaiman himself.
Neil Gaiman is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Neverwhere (1995), Stardust (1999), the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning American Gods (2001), Anansi Boys (2005), and Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett, 1990), as well as the short story collections Smoke and Mirrors (1998) and Fragile Things (2006). His screenwriting credits include the original BBC TV series of Neverwhere (1996), Dave McKean’s first feature film, Mirrormask (2005), and the Doctor Who episode 'The Doctor's Wife' (2011).
Beneath the streets of London there is another London. A subterranean labyrinth of sewers and abandoned tube stations. A somewhere that is Neverwhere... An act of kindness sees Richard Mayhew catapulted from his ordinary life into the strange world of London Below. There he meets the Earl of Earl's Court, faces a life-threatening ordeal at the hands of the Black Friars, comes face to face with the Great Beast of London, and encounters an Angel. Called Islington. Accompanied by the mysterious Door and her companions, the Marquis de Carabas and the bodyguard Hunter, Richard embarks on an extraordinary quest to escape from the fiendish assassins Croup and Vandemar and to discover who ordered them to murder her family - all the while trying to get back to his old life in London Above. Adapted for radio by the award-winning Dirk Maggs, this captivating dramatisation features a stellar cast including David Harewood, Sophie Okonedo, Benedict Cumberbatch, Christopher Lee, Anthony Head and David Schofield. Contains over 25 minutes of additional unbroadcast material, including extended scenes, bloopers and outtakes.