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Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  57,503 ratings  ·  6,124 reviews
Multiple award winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman returns to dazzle, captivate, haunt, and entertain with this third collection of short fiction following Smoke and Mirrors and Fragile Things--which includes a never-before published American Gods story, "Black Dog," written exclusively for this volume.

In this new anthology, Neil Gaiman pierces the ve
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published February 3rd 2015 by William Morrow
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James Biser Table of Contents:
Making a chair
A lunar labyrinth
The thing about Cassandra
Down to a sunless sea
"The truth is a cave in the Black Mountains…more
Table of Contents:
Making a chair
A lunar labyrinth
The thing about Cassandra
Down to a sunless sea
"The truth is a cave in the Black Mountains ..."
My last landlady
Adventure story
A calendar of tales
The case of death and honey
The man who forgot Ray Bradbury
Click-Clack the rattlebag
An invocation of incuriosity
"And weep, like Alexander"
Nothing o'clock
Diamonds and pearls: a fairy tale
The return of the thin white duke
Feminine endings
Observing the formalities
The sleeper and the spindle
Witch work
In Relig Odhráin
Black Dog.(less)
Quern The stories don't rely on any particular information from Doctor Who or Sherlock Holmes, but some familiarity with the characters would increase your …moreThe stories don't rely on any particular information from Doctor Who or Sherlock Holmes, but some familiarity with the characters would increase your enjoyment of these stories (as you would be able to see how Gaiman has re-interpreted the characters and put his own spin on the themes), but it is not essential to understanding or enjoying them.

Keep in mind that this is a book of short stories, so it is only two of them in the collection that mention these characters.(less)

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Will Byrnes
Mar 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
The monsters in our cupboards and our minds are always there in the darkness, like mold beneath the floorboards and behind the wallpaper, and there is so much darkness, an inexhaustible supply of darkness. The universe is amply supplied with night.
There is a diversity of material in Neil Gaiman’s third and latest collection of short fiction, Trigger Warning. It is a potpourri of twenty four pieces, if we take as a single piece the entry called A Calendar of Tales, which, itself, holds a doz
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
Wow, I'm certainly in the minority on this one. (Or maybe not. Once the dust has settled and adoring Gaiman fans are finished slobbering over this truly uninspired collection of "short fictions and disturbances"...{read: cast-off ideas and random vanity-noodling}, I think that 3.94 cume might come crashing down).

(Or maybe I'm just a rock-hurling philistine. But, no, I really liked American Gods, I adored The Ocean at the End of the Lane, ditto Coraline and Neverwhere. Ok, not a die-hard fan
Sean Barrs
Gaiman has written so many weird and wonderful things over the years. I find his talent truly remarkable, especially the way he can dip in and out of different genres. He does not restrict himself to one style, but plays around with words and stories like a true master. He is one of the most multi-talented writers alive today.

And in here there is a collection of very diverse pieces. We have fantasy and horror. We have those drawn from myths and the writings of other authors. My particular favou
Oct 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have opined before that Neil Gaiman is the literary heir to Ray Bradbury’s rich legacy, being of mind to celebrate imagination whilst acting as a guide to the shadowy places in the calliope we call life.

Trigger Warning is Gailman’s 2015 collection of shorter work and much of it is in the spirit of Bradbury but with Gailman’s special voice. Twenty-three separate pieces are presented to delight those readers accustomed to visiting that country between dusk and shadow frequented by Gailman and Br
Jun 06, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Where there`s a monster, there is a miracle."

An imaginative Gaiman again at his best, Trigger Warning is a wonderful and fascinating collection of interesting short fiction - stories, poems and sort-of-ramblings - that are heartwarming, dark, entertaining, crazy and also kind-of-scary. And, you have already been warned!
"...when the foolish urges that push foolish people to do foolish things to prolong their foolish lives..."


This collection comes with a nice introduction by Ga
Miranda Reads
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook
I'm generally not a huge fan of short stories and this book was no exception.

By far, my favorite short story was Click-Clack the Rattlebag that was brilliant and eerie and just everything wonderful. There were some other spooky stories (i.e. The Truth about Cassandra or Feminine Endings) that I enjoyed but (as usual) I didn't like most of them AND only one of them was actually new. The rest are republished from other anthologies. Some were even published fully on their own before (i.e. a book).
Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I built an igloo out of books in my backyard.

I slept in my igloo made of books. I was getting hungry. I made a hole in the floor, lowered a fishing line and waited until something bit. I pulled it up: a fish made of books - green covered vintage Penguin detective stories. I ate it raw, fearing a fire in my igloo.

When I went outside I observed that someone had covered the whole world with books: pale-covered books, all shades of white and blue and purple. I wandered the ice floes of books.

I saw s
Jessica Woodbury
I prefer Gaiman's novel-length work, but you do get something in this collection you don't get in longform: his huge range and vast depths of creativity. Most readers will probably only connect with a few pieces here, but it's worth it to read the ones you don't dig as much because they're just so different and so inventive and it's hard to believe they all came from one brain. ...more
Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman (narrated by Neil Gaiman) "The Man Who Remembered Ray Bradbury"was an outstanding story! It made  me think of my favorite short story by James Everington titled "A Writer's Words". (Which is included in his collection The Other Room. )It also deepened my sadness about Terry Pratchett.  I can only imagine what it's like for a man of words to start losing those words. Just the thought of it makes me sad and gives me goosebumps. 5 big fat stars for this tale!
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
Trigger Warning is a collection of short stories and some poems by Neil Gaiman. What I like about collections like this one is that they usually have something for us all. Not everything is to one's liking, but if you are lucky most are. And, Trigger Warning is mostly, in my opinion, a very good collection of stories. Of course, some are better than the others and I think personally I liked the ones that were a bit longer. The "bad" thing with collections like this is they are sometimes hard to ...more
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic collection of short stories and poems by my favorite living author. While I didn't love every story in this collection there were ones that were just perfect.

The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury was powerful, and especially moving considering his friendship with Terry Pratchett. A beautiful, and haunting reflection on the power of words, of ideas, of books, and of stories. A story that addressed some of my personal biggest fears.

Click-Clack the Rattlebag was just the kind of creeping, an
J.L.   Sutton
Dec 31, 2021 rated it liked it
"We think we have moved on, put them out of mind, left them to desiccate and shrivel and blow away; but we are wrong. They have been waiting there in the darkness...killing time until we came back that way.”

6 Neil Gaiman Short Stories to Haunt Your Dreams - B&N Reads

Neil Gaiman's Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances is filled with quirky, dare I say Gaimanesque, tales. Some made me think or put a smile on my face. 'The Thing about Cassandra' stood out for me as inventive and entertaining. I also enjoyed 'A Calendar of Tales' (I like how this
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Whew! I must finish this soon. I'll be freaking back!
We are all wearing masks. That is what makes us interesting. These are stories about those masks, and the people we are underneath them. …
Make sure you secure your own mask before reading. (c)
There are things that wait for us, patiently, in the dark corridors of our lives. (c)
The universe is amply supplied with night. (c)
We build the stories in our heads. We take words, and we give them power, and we look out through other eyes, and w
I have enjoyed this collection of stories. I think this winter has been a perfect time to read them too. I feel almost like the crinkle and crackle under my feet like leaves as I read them. Or I am in my dark room with the reading light on under a mound of covers in the cold winter night. It has been enjoyable. There are some interesting stories in here. There is poetry and all different stories.

I will admit, I am a Neil Gaiman fan and he rarely, if ever, lets me down. I found this collection d
I meant to just read this book when I was on my trip to Ecuador next week, but decided to finish it now since my library has a bunch of books I put on hold come up for me to borrow. If I can finish a few others one before Monday I am going to be happy.

Back to this collection. Meh. And you also get an eyeroll.

Gaiman begins this going into how he became fascinated by "trigger warnings" and how they morphed from being a warning you saw onto the internet to them being used by professors in colleges
Jenny (Reading Envy)
As usual with short story anthologies - some I was not interested in, some I loved. What I wish was less often - how many of these stories I'd read already, published in other compilations. I know it's an author's prerogative how they bundle and republish their work, but I'd prefer to be given new stories.

Don't skip the introductions. They put each story into context and one has a hint of a future novel (very exciting!)

My favorites:

-The Thing About Cassandra

-The Truth is a Cave in the Black Moun
Paul Nelson
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
'I don’t understand parents. Honestly, I don’t think anybody ever does.'

Trigger Warning is a short story and poem collection by Neil Gaiman intent on finding those little pressure points that cause the most unease and arouse reflection, maybe even disturb you a mite.

There's some little gems here but first I'll explain why I like Gaimans wondrous prose and fascinating stories. He thoughtfully exploits the story twist and role reversal better than anyone but it's the little things that stick w
Trigger Warning: a statement at the start of a piece of writing, video, etc., alerting the reader or viewer to the fact that it contains potentially distressing material (often used to introduce a description of such content). Cool huh? Gaiman opens his book of short stories with why he decided on the book’s name, and then states, “What we read as adults should be read, I think, with no warnings or alerts beyond, perhaps: enter at your own risk”.

To me, that’s a challenge. So I took the risk. It
Marnie  (Enchanted Bibliophile)
Trigger Warning
Making a Chair
”Stories are waiting like distant thunderstorms
grumbling and flickering on the grey horizon”

I’m not an expert when it comes to poetry, as I only recently started reading and appreciating it. But I did like the picture that this poem painted in my mind.
A Lunar Labyrinth
”Lips touching skin under the moonlight”
Unexpected twist at the end, made this one worth the read. It place the entire tale the old man told in a different light.
The Thing About Cassandra
"The Thing about C

So many wonderful and amazing short stories all wrapped up in an amazing book! Seriously! I have no idea how I even came across this book but I'm so happy that I did. I think this is my second book from him that I've read.. it could be my third too.. I have no idea. I just know that I have a bunch of his books on my TBR.

Trigger Warning gave you stories from Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Who to some creepy or romantic stories. It gave you a wide variety of stories that you are bound to fall in l
Jan 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc

I’ll be honest and say that Neil Gaiman could publish his grocery list and I’d read it. American Gods is pretty much my favorite book in the world. I reread it once a year and I always find something new. So I basically stood up and danced around my office when I received an early copy of these short stories. I know I just said last week I don’t really do short stories, but people, it’s Neil Gaiman. I would rather have a full length novel, but I really enj
RJ - Slayer of Trolls
Gaiman admits his short stories and poems are his opportunity to experiment as a writer. Some of those experiments turn out good, others don't. There are a few poems scattered throughout - most of them are at least fleetingly enjoyable, regardless how you might otherwise feel about poetry. The American Gods story at the end is worth reading for Shadow Moon fans.

- The Chair (poem) - 3/5 - you have to love an author who can make an amusing poem of out the assembling of an office chair
- A Lunar La
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Neil Gaiman is a bastard. A beautifully talented writer and an absolute bastard for getting into my head and rooting about. Right from the start I got the chills and I hadn't even reached the stories, this was just the introduction. I know I'm loving a book, a song, a film, any piece of work because it short circuits my logical brain and sneaks in. I feel tingles. When Neil describes his love for short stories, his journey to writing this compilation, it hit like a whirlpool: strong and unexpect ...more
Dannii Elle
Actual rating 3.5 stars.

Gaiman is undoubtedly a master of the art of writing: his prose his sublime, his imagery evocative and his characters raw and real. His writing alone is worthy of garnering all five stars. The subject matters were also of a varied and intriguing nature that aroused my initial interest. As the title describes, each story deals with themes that could be deemed as triggers, or unsuitable for those of a sensitive nature, and this both excited and charmed my morbid curiosity a
Apr 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Some of the stories are great, some are just OK. There is a Doctor Who story with the 11th Dr. It's just as good as the episodes he's written for the TV show. ...more
Beautifully sinister. Filled with irresistible darkness. Neil Gaiman is a writer of fantastic fiction, and 'Trigger Warning' is fantastic.

Some of the fragments in here bids me welcome from the past. "The Sleeper and the Spindle" is a sensational masterpiece, I read multiple times last year, living in the fairy tale while it lasted. "A Calendar of Tales" is as beautiful as it is haunting, and the story behind the little stories is mesmerizing. The idea of writing an entire story based on a single
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, short-stories
I discovered Neil Gaiman as a teen, thanks to the Science Fiction Book Club. The selection of the month one month was GOOD OMENS, by Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, and their glowing and hilarious review made me order it immediately. It didn't disappoint, and remains one of my favorite books. Then I found STARDUST. Different, strange, but still wonderful. The next thing I read was SMOKE & MIRRORS, and there my growing love for Neil Gaiman ran into a bit of a hitch. I didn't like most of the stories. ...more
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Ne postoji zbirka kratkih priča u kojoj je svaka priča odlična, bar se ja nisam susrela sa takvom još uvek. Prednost kratkih priča u odnosu na romane, je što nije neophodno da vam se svaka priča dopadne da biste na kraju knjige bili oduševljeni. Ukoliko vam pisac "ne pogodi žicu" u romanu nema izlaza. U zbirkama, ako vam se neka priča ne svidi tu je neka druga,treća,peta... I za svačiji ukus i raspoloženje će se naći nešto (osim ako ste potpuno promašili žanr ili uopšte nemate ukusa u tom slučaj ...more
Simona B
I don't feel like it and I don't know why. I read only the prologue and not even one of the stories, that's why I am not shelving it as DNF. I'll just pick it up again when it calls to me a little more. ...more
Some pieces were better than others, but that is par for the course in a book of short pieces, even when you are Neil Gaiman. That being said, I really enjoyed much of the material in this collection. There were many times when I raced along, breathlessly turning pages and wishing the book would not end. It showcases the wide range of tone, style and genre of which Gaiman is capable. There is tragedy, comedy, satire, pathos, legend, folklore, horror and poetry. One other feature I enjoyed was th ...more
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