I find Neil Gaiman a pleasure to read. He creates fantasy worlds like no other and this book was no exception. It’s magical and captures you from the start. But most of all it conveys childhood beautifully. The fears, joys and, most of all, the innocence. How willing you are to accept anything, no matter how odd, as absolutely real. As the narrator says (paraphrasing here), even as the world around you collapses, being able to enjoy the little things in life. That’s one of the main messages i take from it. Try to view the world through the eyes of a child. Not follow paths so much and go exploring. The book is full of things that make you wonder and think, while at the same time being extremely light and entertaining, but it did fall short, for me. It’s like it can’t decide whether to be a short story or a novel, so i was left wanting more. I definitely recomend it, though and hope there will be a sequel.
Read in January 2014
Review posted on August 21st 2014