I have mixed feelings about Trigger Warning, and it has nothing to do with the many charming, creepy, scary, intriguing stories contained within its pages. Neil Gaiman’s writing is stellar as always, and there were more than a few stories I found unputdownable.
Here’s my problem with this compilation of short stories – I have read quite a few of them before.
’The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains…’ I read in graphic novel format. The rest: ‘Down to a Sunless Sea’, ‘Orange’, ‘Jerusalem’, and ‘Feminine Endings’ in some publication or another, though I think they’re probably from the Humble Bundle collection I purchased online some years ago. And I won’t be surprised if I come across more stories as I’m not even halfway through the list of titles that came along with it. I’m not upset that I had to reread these stories, Gaiman’s work is always worth a reread, to unearth something you never quite noticed before. I just wasn’t expecting to be rereading them so soon.
Thankfully there were hordes of other stories I was reading for the first time. The ones I liked in particular were ‘A Lunar Labyrinth’, ’The Thing About Cassandra’, ‘A Calendar of Tales’, the Sherlock story ‘The Case of Death and Honey’, ‘Click Clack the Rattlebag’ was creepy as heck, ‘An Invocation of Incuriosity’, the Doctor Who tale ‘Nothing O’Clock’, ‘Diamonds and Pearls: a Fairy Tale’ and a very urban one at that, ‘The Return of the Thin White Duke’, ‘The Sleeper and the Spindle’ and the American Gods tale ‘Black Dog’, which, well, pretty much makes up the rest of the book save for a handful of stories and poems.
Oh, and the book only gave me two quotable quotes.
As much as I enjoyed Trigger Warning, I’ve had enough of short stories and reads for now. All my recent past reads have been short, short, short. I really hope my next fictional book is one I can really sink my teeth into.