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3.41  ·  Rating details ·  634 ratings  ·  93 reviews
These dark and imaginative tales feature an odd and subtly linked world of bizarre venereal diseases, a creepy old woman who feasts on raw meat, a man obsessed with a skin model from a magazine, and a story within a story about ghosts.

You wont want to miss this collection featuring comic adaptations of the short stories: Looking for the Girl, Foreign Parts, Closing Time, a
Hardcover, 88 pages
Published October 30th 2018 by Headline
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Dec 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Fours short stories cherrypicked from Fragile Things and Smoke and Mirrors illustrated by Mark Buckingham of Fables fame. The book is very dense at 80 pages with tiny panels. It probably could have used double the pages as each panel is filled with text. I can imagine the characters trying to talk to the reader as they are being crowded out by exposition blocks. The stories are connected by a framing sequence set in a bar with the patrons telling the stories. Three of the four stories deal with ...more
Ian Robinson
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'd probably have given this book 3.5 stars was the opportunity available. But I round up, not down, so it got 4. Good book. These are pre-existing stories, previously published in other works of Gaiman's short fiction, none of which I had read previously. In fact, this was my first Gaiman book, got it out of the library.

The artwork is fantastic, lovely, glossy and colourful. Rather wistful, really. The stories themselves are... ok. Well, good stories actually, very well imagined, but where they
This collection of creepy tales reminded me of another graphic novel collection I read recently, THE HUNGRY GHOSTS. Like that collection, I wasn't blown away, but it was OK. A couple of the stories just seemed to be gross/shocking for the sake of being gross/shocking, and I didn't really think that was necessary.
Nov 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Warning - this book is NSFW. All of the stories seem to at least feature Penthouse in some form, and there is a fair bit of nudity. The stories are interesting and well illustrated - Mark Buckingham has some fantastic work, especially in my favorite of the collection 'Looking for the Girl,' which traces the history of the UK through the decades by the appearance of Penthouse pets (one, in particular, multiple times). None of the stories are Gaiman's best, but they're all relatively interesting ( ...more
I was really excited to read these short stories by Neil Gaiman, as they are presented in graphic novel format and are a little spooky.
I feel like there was one story in particular that disturbed me (because animals) and I didn't want them to show what they showed. There were a few other stories that fared better in my mind, particularly the epilogue because it was a cool take on a classic.
I don't know why I still buy pretty much everything Neil Gaiman puts out. This one is certainly not a stunner. Collection of shorts, illustrated to make them into "comics". In general I hate that, because I prefer to see more actual use of comics language and exploration of the medium. Just publish your short stories if that's what they are! (Oh, wait, he already did! There's a short story collection called "Likely Stories" that are not comics, AND all of these stories were also previously publi ...more
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-read-2019
Most people headed to the after-hours bar called the Diogenes to concentrate on the serious business of drinking, but some chose to talk and tell each other stories. Men who are on the fringes of society telling each other unexpected strange tales. And they are slightly strange too, there is a girl Charlotte who appears in a soft porn magazine and who never seems to age as a photographer follows her career with interest. There is a man who is neighbours with an old lady who needs to feed on raw ...more
Mar 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nothing too exciting. The first few stories felt unfinished and you had to fill in the meaning. But the rest were kinda blah ghost stories.
Ain Ashura
Feb 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: physical-books
Actual rating 3.5 stars.
Jesse Richards
Oct 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Great stories that didn't translate well into the graphic novel format. Needed twice the number of pages or less text; or fewer shots of indistinguishable-white-men just sitting at a bar.
Rod Brown
There are a couple of intriguing ideas floated in here, but the cramped 16-panel page grid Buckingham has chosen to employ makes for a lot of nearly static images that can barely be seen between captions or balloons consuming half or more of the available space. I should just spend more time reading Neil Gaiman's original prose works instead of these ho-hum graphic novel adaptations Dark Horse is releasing.
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Patented Neil Gaiman quality stories and evocative art from Mark Buckingham make for a fine comic. If you ever read "How to Talk to Girls at Parties", you have a good idea the kinds of vignettes you will find inside. I think this would best be read on a rainy afternoon with the night coming on near the finish.
Rumi Bossche
Nov 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Four short stories from Neil Gaiman in graphic novel form. The stories are from Fragile Things and Smoke and Mirrors. The art is done by Mark Buckingham(Fables) it has alot of classic framing. Most pages have 16 panels. Its oldskool, and pretty small artwork that way, but i kinda like it. The stories are ok, not great. Its only 88 pages, wished it was a bit longer. But solid stuff for Gaiman fans. Also all the stories are kinda sexual tinted, but nothing wrong with that.

3.5 stars.
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a quick series of 4 stories by Neil Gaiman collected in one graphic novel. Like most everything Gaiman writes, the stories evoke subtle almost uncomfortable feelings in the reader. The characters are deeply flawed and deeply human. It's hard not to see one's self in them.

The common theme through most of the stories is love and its many meanings. Unrequited desire? Abstract concept? Romantic and non-romantic? There's a lot of love here and none of it has a happy ending.

The stories would fit
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This edition is a great piece for a Gaiman fan's home library.
I will say though, that the panels are just packed with text on every page, which detracts from the actual stories a bit. This edition could have been laid out a bit cleaner, with more pages/bigger panels.
I'm also pretty sure that I have read each of these four stories before seeing them in this incarnation, but I love Buckingham's illustrative take on the narratives, so enjoyed the re-read.
Jamie Connolly
Oct 31, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
A couple of the stories were ok I guess. To be frank, I don’t know why I read the short Neil Gaiman books. Other than murder mysteries I haven’t really liked any of them. Haha. 3 stars.
Brett Plaxton
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
That was an interesting collection of short stories.
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pam Sartain
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A collection of creepy and surprising stories by Neil Gaiman! What more could you ask for?
Linda Smith
As a huge fan of Neil Gaiman (especially his young adult books), I wanted to like this graphic book better than I did. There are four stories in the collection. "Foreign Parts" was a rather sophomoric tale about the bizarre consequence of too much masturbation. "Feeders and Eaters" was simply grotesque - both the story and the nauseating artwork. I did enjoy "Looking for the Girl" which was a less horrifying fantasy than the first two. And, even though I read "Closing Time" twice, I'm still not ...more
Orrin Grey
Mar 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
I aimed to get Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Secret House of the Night of Dread Desire for Shane Oakley's art (having already read the story elsewhere) and this and a couple of other Neil Gaiman adaptations were next to it, so I got them too. This one has four loosely linked stories drawn from a couple of Gaiman's collections, illustrated by Mark Buckingham, who spends most of the book doing what feels like a passable simulacrum of Dave Gibbons layout to pretty good effect. ...more
Amanda [Novel Addiction]
Weeeeeeeeeird. But it's Neil Gaiman, so I'm not surprised.
Foreign Parts 10/1/2019
Feeders & Eaters 10/7/2019
Looking for the Girl 4/21/2020
Closing Time 4/21/2020
Michael Emond
The art was solid, but as is so often lately, I was underwhelmed by the writing by Neil Gaiman. I used to be a rabid fan of anything he wrote, he had a boundless creativity and way to make old myths feel new. But somewhere along the line his writing seemed to lack the spark it used to. This short story graphic novel collection is an example of that. Four stories and I would say three of them aren't worth the bother and the fourth one was of interest only because it felt more honest.
The first st
What a disappointing batch of Neil Gaiman stories. Apparently these are adaptations of his earlier short stories, so that likely explains some of it. The content is often weird just for the sake of being weird. And the endings try way too hard to be ambiguous to the point they aren't even really endings.

As for the adaptation itself, the wonderful Mark Buckingham crams way too much into each page. The majority of pages are 16 panel grids with most of them filled by narration boxes. I have no idea
David Raz
The stories are good Gaiman "classical" horror stories, and I would have easily rated them four stars, though I read them all before. But I did not buy this book for the stories, and the graphical adaptation is rather lacking. While I did like the way some of the characters were drawn, the story itself, which is what Gaiman graphical adaptations should be about, is told through small square frames wrapped with text, with very little visual novelty or anything else to catch the eye. Instead of an ...more
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first came across these "likely stories" in the collections of Neil Gaiman's short stories and then saw them adapted for Television. Now Dark Horse comics have team up with Mark Buckingham to adapt them into graphical novel form.

The art work is stunning, as you would expect, however occasionally it seems a little crammed on the page. The stories are classic Gaiman. Part ghost story, part modern fairy-tale, all tied together by a fictional 'club' near Tottenham Court Road, from where the narrat
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
All of these stories have appeared in other Gaiman collections (2 in Fragile things & 2 in Smoke and Mirrors) but you still can't go wrong with Gaiman (at least in my opinion). There was just something about seeing these brought to life instead of just imagining them in my head. I usually listen to the audio books for Gaiman's short stories so I was familiar with these stories but I didn't mind. Between the author's narration and these wonderful illustrations I feel like I got to see/hear the st ...more
Ramiz Qudsi
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You know, when Gaiman says "Likely Stories" he never means likely stories. He means the ridiculous ghost kind of stories, most of which are super weird, has really no pepper end and fascinates you and which will never happen in life. These are definitely not the kind you would hear people mention while seating at a bar. What kind of place is that Diogenes club?

PS: I am pretty sure that all the stories in this books are being told by the narrator himself, the stories which he heard at that club w
The introduction and the first story are somewhat weak, but Feeders and Eaters and Looking for the Girl are absolutely incredible, and Closing Time is pretty atmospheric and cool. My favorite is Looking for the Girl, it most captures the sense of mysticism that Gaiman's work has at its best, but Feeders and Eaters captures Gaiman at the most horrific I have seen him thus far in my reading. Dark Horse really needs to up what they pay him, whatever it already is, the only way I pick up one of thei ...more
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