Good Omens created by Neil Gaiman (Amazon Prime, 2019) Good Omens is slow to find focus, following the madcap novel perhaps a bit too faithfully and blossoming only with episode three’s shift in emphasis to Azariphale and Crowley’s relationship. Nonetheless a gleefully irreverent miniseries, buoyed by David Arnold’s main title theme.
Coraline by Neil Gaiman (Bloomsbury, 2002); read by Neil Gaiman (Harper Audio, 2003) A dark modern fairy tale, dreamlike, eerie and grounded in odd little incidental details. Gaiman reads the audiobook himself, his delivery evoking a calm avuncular foreboding while (unsurprisingly) bringing out every nuance of the text. Sadly, this is a little too drawn-out.
Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman; audiobook ready by the author (HarperCollins, 2013) A whimsical little story, very English, as notable for its subtleties in phrasing and delivery as for the wildly fantastic, freewheeling plot of alien abduction, time travelling stegosaurus and fatherly determination to return home with milk. Gaiman’s audiobook reading comes highly recommended.
Hansel & Gretel retold by Neil Gaiman; ill. Lorenzo Mattotti (Bloomsbury, 2014) Neil Gaiman retells Hansel & Gretel with gentle fairy-tale prose and an eye for the framing details (war-begotten famine). The impression conveyed by Lorenzo Mattotti’s shadowy illustrations is one of dark despair; apposite, yet hardly cause for more than a lingering glance.
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman radio dramatisation by Dirk Maggs (BBC Worldwide, 2014) Dirk Maggs has adapted Pratchett and Gaiman’s comedic novel of the apocalypse with apposite exuberance, yet for all the well-pitched sound design and the cast’s astute voice work, this zany and enjoyable dramatisation does perforce forego the original book’s drollery of prose.
Doctor Who: 50th Anniversary Collection (Puffin, 2013) Doctor Who doesn’t lend itself well to short fiction. This collection of stories — one each for the Doctor’s first eleven incarnations — is pleasant enough, but only Neil Gaiman’s darkly imaginative ‘Nothing O’Clock’ moves beyond nostalgia into the realms of original, broadcast-worthy adventures.