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Ami (amiwithani) | 6 comments Mod
Any other titles you would recommend to Amanda Palmer or Neil Gaiman, or to their fans?

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Rob Secundus (quintessential_defenestration) If you're a fan of Neverwhere, give G. Willow Wilson's Alif the Unseen a try. It's an urban fantasy novel, with a similarly hidden-around-the-corner world, set during the Arab Spring, with djinn and demons and old, secret books and a computer program that might challenge God.

If you like Stardust, I think I'd recommend Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke. It's not a fairy tale, but it has a similar tone to it, in my mind.

In general I would say if you like Gaimanalia and don't typically read outside of scifi or fantasy fiction, try some of the whimsical Britlit stuff, like the Jeeves and Wooster Omnibus stories, or maybe even (though a bit darker), early Waugh, like Decline and Fall. Or, of course, anything by one of Mr. Gaiman's favorites, G.K. Chesterton. The go to books for him are the Man who Was Thursday and the Father Brown stories (or, if you're a pretentious catholic, his theological essays), but I personally recommend his biography of Francis, where he has the saint cast as a troubadour.

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Brett | 4 comments Great tip about Chesterton--I'll have to check him out.

Also, of course, Terry Pratchett will appeal to most Neil Gaiman fans. That one's so obvious it probably doesn't merit saying.

Other potentials:

Kelly Link if you like short stories - she has that magical/fantastic element in her plots that Gaiman does. Ex: one story is about a village that shrunk itself to the size of a woman's handbag.

Edward Gorey if you like creepy illustrations that look like they should be for kids but are too traumatizing to actually be for kids - ex: "A is for Amy, who fell down the stairs"

Jeff VanderMeer if you like not know what's going on until the end, a la American Gods, and even then not really knowing what happened. Especially his Southern Reach Trilogy.

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AK Mama Reads (reniazen) | 3 comments I would also recommend Dave Mckean's Cages, Alan Moore's Promethea and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and Clive Barker's Weaveworld

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Neil | 3 comments A similar comic book to novel writer is Warren Ellis and his fabulous Crooked Little Vein which I would recommend.

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Arianna (pixiesquid) | 5 comments ^ All of the yes! For anyone who's interested in Warren Ellis, I suggest the graphic novels: Transmetropolitan, Planetary, Ocean, Desolation Jones, Ministry of Space, Gravel, Orbiter, and Fell. His newest novel, Gun Machine, is also quite good.

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Sistina sypher | 2 comments Thank you each and all for info and comments. I have so much to read and see now, I'm on my way.


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Eduardo Figueroa | 1 comments I would truly recommend my favorite book:

“1984” by George Orwell, when I read it, I felt it very personal. I live in Venezuela (a devastated country, because of the socialist government) and reading that book was like reading my present. Definitely I would recommend it and if you like it, the “V for Vendetta” comic book from Allan Moore is perfect for you.

But if you’re not interested in some dystopian story that became a real life country situation at this recents times, I would recommend people to read “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury and one that I recently read: “The Strain” by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, it’s an exciting vampiric story that’s very different from other vampiric stories, and if you like the vampires I invite you to read the original book of genre “Dracula” from Bram Stoker

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Judith (jaensea) | 3 comments Kindred by Octavia Butler

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