Neil Gaiman: TOP TEN BOOKS


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Neil Gaiman’s fantastical work has garnered attention and awards, appearing on bestseller lists (including #1 on the New York Times Bestseller), the Newbery Medal, ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and both Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Henry Selick’s adaptation of Gaiman’s book Coraline. His work spans short fiction, novels, graphic novels and film. Though meant for “middle readers,” his work appeals to all ages; Gaiman describes his audience as “bipeds.”

Below are Neil Gaiman’s favorite books, available to purchase as a set or individually.


Shadow & Claw: The First Half of 'The Book of the New Sun'

Gene Wolfe
The best science fiction novel of the last century. A four volume book about memory and truth.
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Hope Mirrlees
My favourite fairy tale/detective novel/history/fantasy.
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Archer's Goon

Diana Wynne Jones
She was the best writer of magical children's fiction of our generation. I don't know if this is the best of her novels, but it's my favourite.
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London Labour and the London Poor

Henry Mayhew
Like a big mad Dickens novel that just keeps going. Real life interviews with the Victorian working poor.
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Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell

Susanna Clarke
Like Jane Austen's huge lost fantasy novel about the return of magic to England.
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Joe Hill
An immensely powerful writer. This, his second novel, is about a man who wakes up after a bad night with horns pushing out of his forehead.
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ALEC: The Years Have Pants

Eddie Campbell
The best autobiography in comics form ever done, perhaps because that wasn't what he was trying to do.
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Bleak House

Charles Dickens
From the highest in the land to the lowest, the court of Chancery destroys lives. A wonderful read even if you don't like Spontaneous Human Combustion.
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Lord of Light

Roger Zelazny
On a distant planet, far in the future, Earth Colonists rule the world as the gods of the Hindu Pantheon. One of their number becomes Buddha to fight them. A mixture of religion and adventure and science fiction.
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The Man Who Was Thursday

G. K. Chesterton
A police agent infiltrates the high council of anarchists in this glorious nightmare romp.
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