Mr. Ruhland Recommends “Trigger Warning” by Neil Gaiman

Mr. Ruhland Recommends

I just finished reading Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman, and once again he has hit the ball out of the park. This is another fantastic collection of short stories from one of the best story-tellers around. There is no specific theme running through the stories; however, Gaiman mentions that a “trigger warning” suggests that readers should be aware that they may encounter characters or situations that may “trigger” fear or otherwise upset them. (I didn’t really see this, although several of the stories are dark, bordering on downright creepy).

While several of the stories were previously published, but they were all new to me. Among my favorites are: A Lunar Labyrinth (very creepy); The Case of Death and Honey (a terrific Sherlock Holmes story which also explains how he seems to live longer than he should); Nothing O’Clock (a Doctor Who story with the Eleventh Doctor: It seemed to perfectly capture Matt Smith’s portrayal of the Doctor, and was a terrific read); and Kether to Malkuth (a bittersweet story that seems to be even deeper than it appears, and is hard to explain); and The Sleeper and the Spindle (a cool and unique retelling of the Snow White and Sleeping Beauty stories).

Gaiman is a master at his craft, and like pretty much everything else he writes, Trigger Warning is wonderful. It is immersive and sublime, hiding themes and bigger ideas in prose that is exquisite and easy to read (that should be a book blurb).

I highly recommend Trigger Warning.