Instructions by Neil Gaiman
Published by HarperCollins
Published on: March 15 2011
Genres: Fantasy, Graphic Novel
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Trust Dreams. Trust your heart, and trust your story.
A renowned storyteller whose words have transported readers to magical realms and an acclaimed illustrator of lushly imagined fairy-tale landscapes guide a traveler safely through lands unknown and yet strangely familiar . . .
. . . and home again.
I have a confession to make . . . I don’t have much use for Neil Gaiman as far as full-length novels go. I KNOW. *dons sackcloth* *mortifies flesh*
I gave him a more than fair shot, but Neverwhere and The Graveyard Book both bored me to tears, I didn’t make it more than a few chapters into American Gods, and Stardust has the dubious honor of being the only movie that was actually better than the book.
Give him a talented illustrator and tell him to write a new fairy tale (or anything fairy tale-like, really), and that man is a god.
Take INSTRUCTIONS, for example. Technically, it’s a children’s picture book of, yes, instructions, for a fairy tale adventure, but it possesses a whimsy and free-spiritedness that will lighten any heart, young, old, and everything in between.
The assumption that an adventure is forthcoming coupled with the willingness to shake the hand of said adventure are contagious.
The feeling that I might stumble across a door in the hedge that I’d never noticed before persisted long after I’d finished the story, and in this world, anything that can resuscitate your belief in magic, is something worth reading for yourself, don’t you think?
Highly recommended to everyone.
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