Friday, October 2, 2015

Trigger Warnings by Neil Gaiman



Neil Gaiman isn't your average joe. In fact, he's really quite odd, but that's what makes him a truly great author. He writes everything from comic books, to adolescent fiction, to more mature stories and novels/fiction for adults, making him, in my opinion, one of the better authors out there. His newest collection of short stories, "Trigger Warning," encapsulates everything from Sherlock Holmes to Dr. Who (I'm sorry, but if you don't like Dr. Who, we can't be friends or even associates!!).
As one might expect, however, in a book with this title, the stories usually don't end well for the protagonist. There is material in the book that will mess with your head - and he's up front about that in the introduction. If you can't handle that, this book isn't for you. For instance, there's a woman who wears a bone from her dead son as part of a necklace. Yeah, it's just that weird and haunting. There are ghost stories as well. For instance, there's one story that is literally just a list of answers to questions about aliens and abductions that leaves the great majority of the best holes to the readers' imagination. And yet, I loved them. They were like the box of chocolates or the bottle of wine that I wanted to just sit down and indulge in, knowing that it could help or be absolutely terrible for me at the same time. You just need to get this book. Now.  

My Education by Susan Choi

I admit it: I have a thing about academic novels.  And by that, I  mean novels that occur on campuses and are about characters that are ent...