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Troll Bridge

4.08  ·  Rating Details ·  455 Ratings  ·  63 Reviews
When a boy goes into the woods, he is unprepared to meet a troll.
Published January 1993
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When I recently saw a review of this book from my Goodreads friend Spencer, I knew I had to have it. Only recently have I discovered the greatness that is Neil Gaiman,(through his Sandman series), and now I want to read everything he's written. Luckily, Dark Horse Comics approved my request through Edelweiss and last night I sat down to read it.

I'm not one for YA, but I loved this book. The story is sweet, while at the same time, surprisingly dark. The illustrations, especially those of the tro
Brenda Ayala
Oct 12, 2016 Brenda Ayala rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
As usual, Neil Gaiman is a gifted storyteller. Troll Bridge is a fairly short story but it packs a lot of punch. It is definitely not for the children--it follows a boy becoming a man, complete with sex and depression and not having a happily ever after. It's the kind of thing that if you sit down and think about it for a while afterwards, you'll realize it has a lot more to say than you may have initially thought.

I wasn't a huge fan of the illustrations, but that is based entirely on me not pa
Aug 13, 2013 Chichi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
Somewhat frightening in a simple way. In fact, it is the fact that it is frightening in a simple way that makes it frightening. In a simple way.
Sep 09, 2016 Sarahsnl rated it it was amazing
Wonderful and eerie as fuck it really Got under my skin. Am I like the troll? Gaiman when he is fucking awesome....
Oct 17, 2016 Rosemary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
We all know the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff, walking over the bridge and facing off against the grumpy old troll using brains and a little bit of brawn, right? Well, just file that under "childhood", and step into Neil Gaiman's world, where trolls and bridges bring a different story entirely. His reimagining of the classic tale, now known as Troll Bridge, tells the story of a young boy who comes face to face with a troll, and manages to use the old, "wait until I get bigger and am more ...more
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Troll Bridge is a short story taken from an earlier collection of Gaiman's work. As expected, the plot is nuanced and character driven. Artist Doran's work is particularly beautiful in soft pastel watercolors well suited to a tale looking back on a life lived bittersweet.

story: Young Jack believes in the supernatural and so isn't surprised when he stumbles across a troll under a bridge. Through a bargain, he promises to
Nov 03, 2016 Owen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had read the short story by Neil Gaiman before, it never occurred to me that it would be even better adapted into a comic. It may be inspired by the Billy Goats Gruff, but it is a completely different story and the prose had seemed complete.

Colleen Doran's art is phenomenal! Moody. Atmospheric. Expressive. The words were already wonderful, but the illustrations… this is art that I treasure.

A reminder, this is not for kids.
Nicola Mansfield
I really liked this! It's an adaptation of a previously published short story. Such a sad, tragic story of a boy's coming of age and the not very nice man he becomes. It is a tale for adults and most should relate. It tells how as children the future is bright, cheerful and exciting and how as an adult the past is seen with bitterness and regrets. A dark, harrowing story with stunning artwork by Colleen Doran.
Eric Railine
Sep 21, 2016 Eric Railine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Troll Bridge is one of Neil Gaiman's (Sandman, Neverwhere, American Gods) finer prose short stories that here has been adapted as a comic by the illustrious Colleen Doran (A Distant Soil, Orbiter, Amazing Fantastic Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir). Quite frankly, I think the story works better here as a comic than it did as prose - and I'm not usually overly fond of adaptations between different media. It's a very short story plot-wise, with a dark & melancholy magical realism that reminds ...more
Aug 30, 2016 Spencer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this from Edelweiss for review purposes.
This short tale is beautifully illustrated and tells a lonely story with some wonderful writing and elegantly simple prose.
Neil Gaiman weaves reality and fantasy effortlessly and the art really compliments this piece and elevates it.
Filipe Lemos
Life comes and goes in a series of moments.
When have we lived enough? Experienced enough? Loved enough?
This slightly supernatural short-story tries to answer.

This is vintage Gaiman, with simple but beautiful language and a lot of food for thought.
The audio narration by the author is spot on and highly recommended.
Nov 04, 2016 Jenna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gorgeous illustrations with atmosphere of their own, even without Neil Gaiman's wonderful writing to go along with it. I might enjoy all of his short stories this much if they came in graphic novel format... Brr, creepy. And sad.

Wow, has it really been that long since Smoke and Mirrors came out?
Here is Neil Gaiman at what he does best: crafting a dark modern fairytale of young man's coming of age. Fabulous illustrations by Colleen Doran.
Jun 20, 2016 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
PDF - Great art, strong and dark coming-of-age story.
Rich Stoehr
Among Neil Gaiman's many stories, "Troll Bridge" has always been one that lingers. I've read it in prose form, I've listened to Neil read it, and now I've seen it developed - delightfully and cleverly adapted - into graphic novel form.

Colleen Doran was an excellent choice to adapt this story - perhaps the only illustrator I can think of who would do it justice. For "Troll Bridge" she adopts a flowing, naturalistic style of illustration, rich with detail and emphasizing emotions. She's able to ta
Oct 21, 2016 Gilly rated it it was amazing
Young Jack's world is full of ghosts and ghouls, but one monster - a ravenous and hideous troll - haunts him long into manhood. As the beast sups upon a lifetime of Jack's fear and regret, Jack must find the courage within himself to face the fiend once and for all.

This tale was first published in Neil Gaimans book Smoke and Mirrors as part of a collection of short stories. In 2015 it was decided to adapt the story as a graphic novel with illustrations by Colleen Doran who also illustrated Gaima
Oct 20, 2016 Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is an interesting story for me. A part of me dislikes it because of how it veers away from the fairy-tale setting it seems to set-up, as all I want to do is read -that- story about a little boy who meets a troll.

But in the end, I just can't fault Gaiman for the powerful story he made instead. It really is just about coming of age, and how to be a good person in life (which, was another thing that in a way made me dislike the story, as I hated the main character as the story went on--b
S. M. Metzler
Sep 22, 2016 S. M. Metzler rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics

This little boy loves to explore. But little does he know he will find something beyond his wildest nightmares, something worse than the haunted mansion by his house: a troll under the bridge who wants to eat his life. Three times, the boy encounters the troll. The first time, he gets away with the excuse that he’ll come back next time, bigger and juicier. The troll accepts. The second time, he arrives with his girlfriend, whom the troll freezes. The third time, he is a grown man, an adult,
Oct 27, 2016 Beth rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Most of Neil Gaiman's work--or at least what I've read of it--has a dark undertone. Even more, I think, than I find in most of the urban fantasy I've read. This one is no exception. Usually, though, there's magic, joy, and sweetness, and the bright, pure nature of a character or two that shines through the darkness. Not in this one. The art is gorgeous, and the human character is drawn so beautifully you can see his evolving nature in his face and aspect. The troll is as gross and trolly as ...more
I've been a fan of Colleen Doran since the late 80s. When I heard she was drawing a graphic novel of the Neil Gaiman short story Troll Bridge I knew I'd have to get it. This book was gorgeous. That art work perfectly complemented the story. It starts with a young boy whose life is magical, but that slowly all goes away. The art beautifully reflects the emotions, all the way down to his despair at the end of the book. It is a very sad story about loss, not just of a wasted life but of all the ...more
Oct 27, 2016 Shay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Doran’s work suits the atmosphere of the tale well, equally capable of capturing the fairy tale and the gothic. Some sections have distinct comic-book style panels, but Doran also incorporates large illustrative spreads that suit the fairy tale vibe. Her troll is grotesque and monstrous, and the colours of the illustrations become progressively darker as the boy grows up and innocence recedes. more
I actually didn't expect so much out of it. I thought it'd be some kind of creepy little story, but it has to give so much more than that. The twist at the end had me thinking about it for quite some time.
Raymond Just
Oct 30, 2016 Raymond Just rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An almost disturbingly somber and adult tale, despite the cover and medium. Gaiman is at his usual best, delivering an emotional punch that leaves you thinking of the piece long after you've finished it.
Nov 05, 2016 Shadowdenizen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics-other
One of the most charming titles I've read in the last few years!

Colleen Doran (best known for "A Distant Soil") is a stellar choice to bring evocative life to Gaimans charming prose.

Highly recommended.
Caroline Kierstead
Dec 01, 2016 Caroline Kierstead rated it really liked it
The art by Colleen Doran is lovely. Quite atmospheric. The short story by Neil Gaiman is much harder to describe. Haunting in spots, with some lovely imagery. The implications are a bit disturbing, though I'm not sure I "got" them all. I suspect I'll re-read it a few times...
Nov 21, 2016 Stu rated it really liked it
If you like Neil, it's worth a's a graphic novel adaptation of Neil's Troll Bridge story. It's well illustrated, brings a lot of depth to the story,mand makes for an enjoyable, if quick read
Rod Brown
This is a real bummer of a story. And though I like Doran's art, it's really too pretty for this dreary tale.
Nov 11, 2016 Steven rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
It's a graphic novel adaption of one of Neil Gaiman's better short stories. Maybe not the best value for your money at $15 for what is essentially a single issue, but beautifully illustrated.
Oct 24, 2016 Philip rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Great adaptation of Gaiman's story, even if whoever wrote the copy on the back cover does not seem to have understood what it's about.
Oct 16, 2016 Everbright rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Important: This is not a book for children.

Creepy tale evoking the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff, only the little boy in the tale is the one to encounter the troll over and over as he grows up, compelled to return to the scene of his first encounter with a childhood monster to outwit it once again. Or does he?

The book starts out with art deceptively evocative of a classic children's book and makes the transition to a dark and almost formless place of greys and shadows as the protagonist g
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