Sep 18 2012 10:00am

Introducing Magic and Good Madness: A Neil Gaiman Reread

Introducing Magic and Good Madness: A Neil Gaiman Reread on Tor.com

Neil Gaiman is one of the world’s best-known writers of comics and novels, short stories, novellas, poems, and songs; his work finds its devoted fans among small children and young adults as well as venerable novelists and other not-so-young adults. Over the years, he’s gained a well-deserved reputation as a master storyteller who has spent his career reminding us again and again why stories are important, why myths matter, and why the value of a tale is in its telling, in the shared worlds it creates and the new worlds it inspires.

Gaiman’s characters have a tendency to gain entrance into the realms of the fantastic and supernatural by following a reader’s most natural impulses: love of a good story, curiosity, a willingness and desire to believe in something beautiful and strange (and sometimes dangerous) beyond the obvious and the ordinary. In the same spirit, we are delighted to announce Magic and Good Madness: A Neil Gaiman Reread, an ongoing feature on the site which will explore different facets of the author’s ever-expanding body of work, from his major novels and comics (including Sandman) to lesser known work and individual stories, presented in no particular order.

We look forward to exploring these shared worlds together, and discovering new ways of getting lost all over again. We hope you’ll join us tomorrow as we begin our reread of the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning American Gods, and in the meantime, please enjoy the following excerpt of Chapters 1 and 2, along with the author’s introduction to the book’s Tenth Anniversary Edition.

A.J. Bobo
1. Daedylus
I've only read a fraction of Gaiman's work, but the man has never let me down. Everything I've read has been very good. I'm looking forward to this reread.
Jack Flynn
2. JackofMidworld
I hope they include some of his short stories, too. As much as I enjoyed American Gods, "A Study In Emerald" is one of my favorite stories, period.

edit - oops, just reread it and WOOT!
Joanna Truman
3. joannawrote
AWESOME! Great new feature guys! Can't wait to read these.
Chuk Goodin
4. Chuk
I'm looking forward to whatever they reread after American Gods. (It's the only Gaiman I didn't love.)
5. StrongDreams
Murder Mysteries! (I'm still not sure I entirely understand it...)
Irene Gallo
6. Irene
@JackofMidworld - We will be covering the short stories, for sure.

One of the fun things about Gaiman is, if you talk to ten fans it's likely that they all have differnt favorites.
7. Katja
Bitter Grounds is one of the best things I've ever read. It also gets better with every read! :)
Ian Johnson
8. IanPJohnson
Because everyone else is chiming in with their favorite Gaiman shorts, I guess I will too:

1. Snow, Glass, Apples
2. Goliath
3. The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains
4. 15 Painted Cards from a Vampire Tarot
5. Chivalry
6. The Goldfish Pool and Other Stories
7. The Price
8. Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves of the etc. etc. etc.
9. A Study in Emerald
10. Tastings

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