Tag: Neil Gaiman

Good Omens, Series 2

Good Omens, Series 2

by Neil Gaiman & John Finnemore

dir. Douglas Mackinnon (Amazon Prime, 2023)

TV poster: “Good Omens, Series 2” by Neil Gaiman & John Finnemore; dir. Douglas Mackinnon (Amazon Prime, 2023)

Without source material tangling its roots, Good Omens blossoms into a gloriously satirical excoriation of biblical schtick and the whole good versus evil dichotomy. Aziraphale and Crowley make for one of TV’s great odd couples. Michael Sheen puts in a bravura performance.

Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron

Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron

ed. Jonathan Strahan (Random House, 2012)

audiobook read by Katherine Fenton & Jay Villiers (AudioGO, 2012)

Book cover: “Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron” ed. Jonathan Strahan (Random House, 2012); audiobook read by Katherine Fenton & Jay Villiers (AudioGO, 2012)

Seventeen mostly YA tales at the borderline between long short story and novelette (plus a token Neil Gaiman poem) offering imaginative takes on the witchy theme. Unfortunately, very few repay their length. Charles de Lint, Tim Pratt and Margo Lanagan stand out.

Books of Magic: Moveable Type

Books of Magic: Moveable Type

by Kat Howard, Neil Gaiman et al.; ill. Tom Fowler et al. (DC Comics, 2019)

Book cover: “Books of Magic: Moveable Type” by Kat Howard, Neil Gaiman et al.; ill. Tom Fowler et al. (DC Comics, 2019)

A dark story with plenty happening both visually and plot-wise. The human characters are drawn with a certain grotesqueness, the colours at the visceral end of the spectrum. Engaging enough though very much a first instalment and difficult to judge in isolation.

Good Omens (2019)

Good Omens

created by Neil Gaiman (Amazon Prime, 2019)

Gaiman_Good Omens

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

Coraline

by Neil Gaiman (Bloomsbury, 2002); read by Neil Gaiman (Harper Audio, 2003)

Gaiman_Coraline

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

Fortunately, the Milk

by Neil Gaiman; audiobook ready by the author (HarperCollins, 2013)

Gaiman_Fortunately the Milk

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

Hansel & Gretel

retold by Neil Gaiman; ill. Lorenzo Mattotti (Bloomsbury, 2014)

Gaiman_Mattotti_Hansel & Gretel

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 (2014)

Good Omens

by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman

radio dramatisation by Dirk Maggs (BBC Worldwide, 2014)

Maggs_Good Omens

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.