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Prince of Stories: The Many Worlds of Neil Gaiman

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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 "Co ...more
Hardcover, 546 pages
Published October 28th 2008 by St. Martin's Press (first published January 1st 2008)
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Richard Derus
Dec 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
Rating: 2.5* of five

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 w
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Nicolo Yu
Aug 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
A treasure of a book. This is recommended reading for Neil Gaiman fans old and new.

This is an excellent resource for synopses and trivia on his varied work from comic books, novels and short stories. A rare and unpublished Gaiman comic book story appears in print for the first time here as well.
Arun Divakar
Apr 20, 2012 rated it liked it
I am a biased reviewer, I admit to it. I dig deep into the writings of most authors and make observations on them. But when it comes to Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, I tend to drool and be led by the nose to wherever they lead me to. There is this zone of comfort which I have built around these two authors and I am rather lost at trying to play critic to what they write. I wanted a detailed look at Gaiman's literary oeuvre and chanced upon this title. The reason I wanted this was that I would ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Dec 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
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Patricia Ferreira
May 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excelente livro sobre esse (maravilhoso) autor, de quem eu sou fã, então essa resenha vai ser uma rasgação de seda: leia por sua conta e risco.



Esse livro é um compêndio da obra de Neil Gaiman, analisando e discutindo os seus feitos em quadrinhos, romances, livros infantis, poemas, canções, roteiros de cinema. Percorre a obra até 2008, por isso não é completo, já que de lá até aqui Neil Gaiman já publicou muita coisa, inclusive o melhor livro dele, na minha opinião, The Graveyard Book, ou O Livro
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John Graham
Nov 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Even though I consider myself a fan of Neil Gaiman, I never realized the amount of work he produced that I didn't know about. I am thankful for finding this book which was printed in 2008.

Pretty much the entire book is a listing of Neil's work with some behind the scenes information and background from artists and other writers. I am a huge fan of his Sandman series and really enjoyed finding out some tidbits that I missed as I've read the comics over and over.

The last quarter of the book is a
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Daryl
Mar 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
No one is more a fan of Neil Gaiman than I. He's a literary hero to me, on a par with Tolkien and Zelazny. Maybe because of that, this book really didn't work for me. I hoped to learn more about Neil by reading this book, but didn't. There’s unfortunately little about Gaiman’s personal life, his writing processes, or his inspirations. The exception, is a lengthy interview with the man himself, published at the end of the book. There’s not much new in the rest of the book for anyone who’s fairly ...more
Audrey
May 09, 2009 rated it liked it
I can't really recommend this for anyone who isn't a diehard Gaiman fan. With that said, there's a good bit of information here that I was delighted to find -- it's nice to have a summary of all Gaiman's works in one spot, divided by genre/type, along with character summaries, bits of trivia, and more. However, there was a lot that I skimmed, just because it's so darn long (and because it could've used a better editor, and heck, better writers). I enjoyed the interview too, but aside from those ...more
Alisa Kester
Nov 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
So far I've learned that Gaiman "takes the view that mornings happen to other people". :) I think we're kindred souls.

Update:
I really enjoyed the interviews in this book, and the scattered quotes by Neil Gaiman. I had to skip a lot of the rest; the authors give detailed break-downs of his books, and as I'm still reading most of them, I didn't want to get spoiled! I look forward to picking it up again, after I've finished a few more of his works.
Yune
Mar 08, 2009 rated it liked it
Picked this up when I needed to grab something to read while waiting for the talk at the venue next door to start.

If you want a synopsis of everything Gaiman's ever written, here you go. A wee bit gushy at times (layered meanings behind names were of course deliberately done by a writer of Gaiman's caliber, etc.), but otherwise fairly insightful.
Steven
Good overview of Gaiman's work across all media, though a lot of page count is synopses (so if you've read a lot of his work, it goes quickly).
Joan Hodgson
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is an essential book for all Neil Gaiman fans. It lists all book and stories along with synopses, character profiles and Neil's comments. The graphic and comic medium does not interest me so I just skimmed it. I have read most of Neils other stuff but this has listed books that I was not previously aware of. There are also audio versions that i look forward to.
Angya
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well written and very informative, this is a nice recap of everything Gaiman... I did skip any parts which spoiled any stories I haven't yet read...
David
May 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
It would not be difficult to argue that Neil Gaiman is one of the premier fantasy writers of our day. He is certainly prolific, and his works have gained critical acclaim as well as popularity. Wagner, Golden and Bissette have attempted to delineate, catalog, and comment on the totality of Gaiman’s writings to date (and even some that have yet to be written).

The result is a hefty volume that satisfactorily achieves the authors' purpose. Divided into sections on the Sandman material, other comics
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Sarah
Jul 30, 2009 rated it liked it
I skimmed through this, but there's some fun stuff in it, including an excellent interview and some interesting trivia. I couldn't help feeling that it could be a little better - that they could have gotten the rights to reproduce a lost story, or at least found some more esoteric trivia and insight than explaining the dedications, which is what was resorted to for some of the books.
Also, discussing "A Game of You", they write "A careful reader cannot fail to notice Gaiman's thank-you to Jonath
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Luciana Darce
Nov 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Hoje vamos falar de um livro que não foi exatamente escrito pelo Gaiman, mas é sobre ele – então está dentro da extravagância gaimaniana do mês. A minha edição é inglês, com uma capa dura magnífica, mas Príncipe de Histórias: Os Vários Mundos de Neil Gaiman foi também publicado em português.

Esse livro não é exatamente uma biografia, embora haja capítulos biográficos. Ele serve mais como uma espécie de enciclopédia e guia de leitura: cada um dos livros, quadrinhos, gravações – tudo enfim, em que
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Jenni
Jun 24, 2011 rated it liked it
After skimming through this book, I have come to the conclusion that the only people who should buy PRINCE OF STORIES are those who want a fat, pretty, hardcover book with Neil Gaiman's name on it to sit on their bookshelf. After all, people who are not big fans of Gaiman will have no interest in the thin summaries of all of his works (which comprises the majority of this tome), and diehard fans will find that there is almost nothing new to be found here.

The only pearls of enjoyment that I foun
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Airiz C
Jun 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Prince of Stories: The Many Worlds of Neil Gaiman is a true-blue Gaimaniac’s ticket for a marvelous romp to the life of this literary rock star.

This is practically a complete package, a 3-in-1 if you will—a pseudo-biography, a compilation of detailed reviews, and a bibliography of his works. The readers are given glimpses of Gaiman’s life through interviews, conversations with author friends, quotable quotes, and short anecdotes of the author from being a journalist to being a novelist. There a
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Joseph Burgess
Jul 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Pretty decent overall. Enjoy it especially for its well written summary of the Miracleman/Spawn dispute between Neil Gaiman, Todd McFarlane, and about a million other people. The rest of the info should probably already be known by real Gaiman fans, who are the ones reading the book anyways. If you've somehow stumbled upon this book before reading everything or almost everything he's ever done, consider a useful summary of where to go and what to read. It is however, as another reviewer stated, ...more
Bunny
Nov 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-13
Pulling all the Sandman books for research on a desired tattoo, and I found this in the catalog. Fun.
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And then like, a year later, I picked it up to read it. I am timely.

Also, I'm accidentally picking up a hell of a lot of books that involve Christopher Golden lately. Crazy.

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I enjoyed telling people how, with 1658 books on my to-read list, I was reading a book about books. That I've already read (for the most part).

This was lovely to read, even if so much of the book is made up of comics
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A.E. Shaw
Feb 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012

Curious reading. I found I was familiar with much of it, though that isn't the book's fault, but essentially everything that was interesting I had already seen in one place or another, likely because Neil Gaiman is so internetable, thus many of the quotes and interviews and pieces of information are all all over Tumblr and so on on a fairly regular basis. I skipped the Sandman parts, as I've not yet read them, but they seemed comprehensive and interesting. In a near-academic way this book appear
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H. Anne Stoj
Dec 28, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, gaiman
I found this to be a rather interesting book, at least for the first half. I never knew a whole lot about the issues with Todd McFarlane as I think I had some general dislike for McFarlane by then. It was interesting to know how many vague and mostly forgotten characters Gaiman reworked and so on. So forth.

So much of the book, though, is basically an overview of all Gaiman's work so it ends, I believe, with the Graveyard Book, I believe. And while it's nice to have the summary and all the lists
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Helen
Jan 20, 2009 rated it it was ok
Meh.

For huge Gaiman fans, this book is great for the interviews and inside look on things like his Spawn lawsuit, but far too much of the book is cluttered with a synopsis of practically everything he's ever written, without telling us anything new about the process, and sometimes getting things wrong. (For example in PoS Hamnet Shakespeare is described as playing the part of a beautiful young woman in MSND, but he doesn't, he plays the Indian foundling. Which is really the only part a 10 year
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Wendy Perkins
Jul 23, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: sf
This is one of those odd biographies. It's more of a literature review than anything else, though there is some biographical information of Gaiman throughout. What makes it odd is that, while it's chock full of information, most of it would only appeal to people who are dedicated Gaiman fans; but dedicated Gaiman fans would already know the information, and thus would have no reason to read the book. A person who came into his career later, or who was only aware of his work in one genre or anoth ...more
Keso Shengelia
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
Prince of Stories is the essential, definitive Neil Gaiman bibliography and biography. This book is truly a must-have for all Neil Gaiman fans. It has information on every single project Gaiman has ever touched: every novel, every short story, every comic, every film, every song, everything is detailed.
Everything you ever wanted to know about Gaiman's life and writing is contained in this book. The men who collaborated on Prince of Stories - Hank Wagner, Christopher Golden, and Stephen R. Bisett
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Dawn
Feb 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Gaiman Groupies
An enjoyable companion piece to Neil Gaimain’s work, with plenty of juicy tidbits for the enthusiast. For such a fat book, it’s remarkably quick to get through, since a lot of it is summaries of already published works, with encyclopedic listings of people, places and things. My two personal favorites were the overview of the Spawn lawsuit, and the big Neil interview toward at the end.

Even though the whole book might be too much for any but the most ardent fan, it’s worth picking up from the lib
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Mari Stroud
Nov 29, 2011 rated it liked it
I'm not giving this book a middling review because the authors were in any way bad at what they wanted to do, but simply because it wasn't what I needed in order to scratch my itch. If you want a synopsis of Gaiman's works, then this is a fantastic and joyful book, written by a group of people who clearly enjoyed themselves the whole way through. Gets five stars on that level. If you want an in-depth literary analysis of Gaiman's works (I'm a lit geek, and that side of me needs feeding now and a ...more
Aleta
This is an interesting book about Neil Gaiman and his works. So much of is synopsis, and I did not read all the synopses - I kept thinking "why am I reading this; I should just be reading Gaiman"? There are interviews and insights into Gaiman's work that I enjoyed though, and I have added some things to my "need to read" mental list.
Amanda
Nov 02, 2008 rated it liked it
I didn't end up reading this entire book - it's hardly a beach read. What I did meander through (mostly the stuff on Sandman, I admit) was pretty interesting - decriptions, little known bits of trivia, and quotations from Mr. Gaiman all pulled into something akin to an encyclopedia of his works. Unfortunately, the book is a little weighty for a fan read, and doesn't have quite enough substance for scholarly pursuits, so I suspect it may end up gathering dusts on many shelves.
Americanogig
Oct 11, 2010 rated it liked it
Quite a good one if you are a Gaiman fan (or indeed fanatic). This book provides an in-depth look at his aesthetic and his stories (especially the Sandman series). No stories in them per se, but definitely worth a once-over if you are interested in Gaiman's development process and like finding Easter eggs tying projects together.
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“He takes the view that mornings happen to other people. I think I once saw him at breakfast, although possibly it was just someone who looked a bit like him who was lying with their head in the plate of baked beans. He likes good sushi, and quite likes people, too, although not raw; he is kind to fans who are not total jerks, and enjoys talking to people who know how to talk. He doesn't look as though he's forty; that may have happened to someone else, too. Or perhaps there's special picture locked in his attic.” 3 likes
“...hey, let me tell you about the weirdness, like when he was staying with us for the editing, and we heard a noise and went into his room and two of our white doves had got in and couldn't get out; they were panicking around the room and Neil was waking up in a storm of snowy white feathers saying, "Wstfgl?" which is his normal ante meridian vocabulary.” 3 likes
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