Questions tagged [neil-gaiman]

Writer who tends to place fantasy stories within contemporary environments - such as American Gods and Neverwhere. Has also worked with Terry Pratchett, and written graphic novels and a number of screenplays.

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Does a transcript or recording of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's Good Omens interview from 1990 still exist?

In 1990, on their book tour for the original release of Good Omens, Pratchett and Gaiman gave an interview where the interviewer did not realize that Good Omens was a work of fiction, and thought that ...
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What does “the princess and the queen” refer to here?

In volume 36 of the fairly entertaining Sandman written by Neil Gaiman, George calls Barbara and Wanda "the princess and the queen". Wanda appears to not take kindly to it. George: Heeheeeheeeheee. ...
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What happened to the Trojan prologue in Neverwhere?

I used to have a copy of the book version of Neverwhere. It was the first or second edition that came out just after the original series broadcast. The book had a prologue in which Croup and Vandemar ...
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If one was going to Hull for a quick temptation

This bit is about Crowley and Aziraphale's joint effort in "Good Omens", And though I read the book many times I've never been sure what is being suggested here. What kind of temptation would he be ...
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What is so demonic about Welsh-language television that Gaiman&Pratchett decided Crowley invented it himself?

In Good Omens, Welsh-language television is said to be one of Crowley's proud and modern acheivements. Why is that? I gathered by the context that it was BAD, but have no idea how an entertainment ...
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Was the “Gambler” god from “Lucifer” the same entity as the unnamed god from “American Gods”?

In the Lucifer comic series, Jill Presto used to be a vessel for Basanos, a living Tarot deck. Their relationship didn't end well, Basanos forcefully impregnated her against her will. She managed to "...
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What did each of Gaiman and Pratchett contribute to “Good Omens”?

I've recently started reading Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. This is possibly the first time I've read a book cowritten by two authors who are each well-known and have distinctive ...
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Did Neil Gaiman base Dream's eyes' appearance on Terry Pratchett's Death?

Neil Gaiman's Dream is commonly depicted as having star-like glow in his eyes, usually when he's extra serious (extra serious? you might say): Those are just from the first volume, but the general ...
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Does Elizabeth Hempstock have a Jungle Book parallel

The Graveyard Book is an parallel to The Jungle Book. Many of the Major characters have a direct parallel. For example: Bod : Mowgli Silas : Bagheera Miss Lupescu : Baloo The Owens : Mother/Father ...
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What did Gaiman have in mind in the nightmare end sequence in “The Problem of Susan”?

Inspired by Why was Susan treated so unkindly? I'm asking the following question about the Neil Gaiman short story The Problem of Susan. What did Gaiman have in mind in the nightmare/dream sequence at ...
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What is the relationship between Death of the Endless and Daniel Hall like?

Reading the "Sandman" series you can clearly see that Death and Dream were close - in The Sadman presents: the Thessaliad someone even says to Thessaly about her relationship with Morpheus that ...
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How can Tristran believe this about his adopted mother?

Near the beginning of Stardust, Tristran Thorn is not allowed to go to a Faerie Market, presumably because his birth mother is from Faerie and his parents are worried about losing him. We then hear ...
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If Morpheus is Neil Gaiman's alter ego, then who really is Daniel Hall?

It is quite common for authors to make one of their characters as an alter ego of themselves - sometimes this will create an interesting characters like Hermione from HP series (alter ego of Rowling)....
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Where did the Marquis De Carabas get the Token?

The token is a small figurine, which is In "Episode 4, Black Friars", (iirc) we see the Marquis ask Old Bailey what the token is. But I do not recall seeing the Marquis get it in the first place. ...
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Stardust book to film differences?

Stardust can refer to: a novel by Neil Gaiman; the 2007 film adaptation of this novel. Although the underlying storyline is the same in both the book and the film, there are numerous differences in ...
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How does Una get those Babylon candles?

In the 2007 film Stardust (based on the Neil Gaiman novel), Babylon candles appear several times: Una (Tristan's mother) takes one from a cupboard in Ditchwater Sal's caravan and gives it to Tristan. ...
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Any reference for The Lady on the Grey?

In Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book, the Lady on the Grey makes two brief but striking appearances. To quote from the first one: A huge white horse, of the kind that the people who know horses ...
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Unauthorized sequels to the Narnia books? [closed]

By "unauthorized" I mean "not by C. S. Lewis." For example, Neil Gaiman wrote a (lovely in my opinion) short story titled "The Problem of Susan," collected in his fragile things short story and poems ...
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Did Gaiman make up “Loki Skywalker”, or does he have a source for it?

In Neil Gaiman's works, Loki has a tendency to refer to himself as "Skywalker" or "Sky Walker". Some examples: I am the mother to Odin's stallion, Sleipnir. I am the father of Fenrir sun-eater ...
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Is it explained why the gods in American Gods can't leave the US

If America is so bad for gods, why do they stay here? Surely just as many people or more believe in them from their original countries so why can't they go back? We know that when one of them dies ...
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How do the gods become corporeal in American Gods?

In American Gods, Gaiman appears to have been deliberately vague about how the gods come into corporeal form in their new homeland of America. The only reference I came across is to the dead Mr. ...
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What are the Hempstocks in “The Ocean at the end of the lane” by Neil Gaiman

We find out that Ursula Monkton is Skarthach of the Keep or fleas as the Hempstocks call them, but I can't recall finding out what the Hempstocks are. I thought they may have been witches, but this ...
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How can I find what the line is?

I saw this in an interview (about Good Omens) that Neil Gaiman posted on his tumblr. TP: “In fact, people that have read a lot of the ‘Discworld’ books and a lot of the ‘Sandman’ comics will ...
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Should I read Neil Gaiman's mini-series first?

I have some back issues of the main Books of Magic series, however I don't have the Neil Gaiman mini-series that preceded it. Does reading the mini-series first add value to the main series?
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What was the “Fellowship of the Castle” in Stardust?

The captain of the air ship that saves Tristran belongs to the "Fellowship of the Castle", which seems to be a group whose goal is to help Tristran. Is this the only mention of the fellowship, or is ...
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Neverwhere- Does Door fit the profile of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl?

A friend of mine was a few dozen pages into Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, and refused to read anymore if Door was going to be nothing more than Richard's Manic Pixie Dream Girl. His arguments were ...
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In Good Omens, is there any joke involving Pollution and Elvis?

In Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, there are jokes about Elvis Presley that clearly relate to at least three of the four apocalyptic horsepersons. The newspaper War works for is ...
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What kind of wine is a funeral wine?

I've been re-reading Anansi Boys and I came upon something that piqued my interest. It was a wine that Spider and Fat Charlie were drinking in honour of their dad passing. Spider called it a funeral ...
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Gaiman's Hamnet

Hamnet Shakespeare appears as a character in Gaiman's The Sandman, in "A midsummer's night dream", and then in The books of magic, in "Book III: The Land of Summer's Twilight". In "Midsummer's", queen ...
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Why did Gaiman stop using superheroes in Sandman?

Early in The Sandman comics, we see appearances from the Justice League, Gotham, Arkham Asylum, John Constantine and others. As the series progresses we see fewer and fewer cameos. Did Gaiman ever ...
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Was the episode “The Doctor's Wife” (S06E04) canonical?

In the Doctor Who episode "The Doctor's Wife" (season 6, episode 4), written by guest writer Neil Gaiman, the character 'House' places the TARDIS matrix in the body of a human woman, which allows the ...
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What's the consequence of the sacrifice dedicated to Shadow?

By sacrificing the death into Shadow's name, it seems that Laura created a significant precedent. What's the consequence of the sacrifice dedicated to Shadow?
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Who or what was Silas from “The Graveyard Book”?

Having read "The Graveyard Book" by Neil Gaiman recently did make me wonder who or what was Silas' beside the obvious - Nobody's guardian.
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Where in the real world is the farm that has the ash tree from Neil Gaiman's American Gods?

Many webpages discuss visiting some of the real locations from the American Gods book. I have seen a few discussions about which town in Wisconsin served as inspiration for Lakeside. What I can not ...
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Will there be a movie based on “American Gods” by Neil Gaiman?

I loved reading excerpts out of "American Gods" by Neil Gaiman and I also saw that it was received very well by receiving a bunch of awards, especially the Hugo and the Nebula, so I was wondering if ...