Book Review// Trigger Warning

Trigger Warning:  Short Fictions and Disturbances by Neil Gaiman falls under different genres as it is a collection of short stories and poems. Trigger Warning includes short stories that range from science fiction, to poetry, and to standalone stories. The theme that all these stories and poems have in common is that they have included “trigger warnings.” Trigger warnings is something that is unusual and reveals what goes unseen within short fictions. Some of the trigger warnings in each short story is more obvious than in others. While each work of fiction doesn’t always work together in this overarching theme, they are all excellent pieces of writing by Gaiman.

To be honest, this is the first time that I have read anything from Gaiman, and I was very impressed with his writing style and choice of words. I’ve had friends who have given him high praises and told me for many years that I would enjoy reading his books. I read this book while taking a vacation in Greece, and I found myself stopping every couple of pages and marveling at his use of syntax, and how each word effortlessly flowed into the next. Maybe I’ve just been stuck reading really bad novels, but my love for writing and books was reignited each time I read another short story found in the collection.

Cover of Trigger Warning taken in Mykonos, Greece by Kaitlyn Csenkey

I found other stories within the collection to be more interesting than others. I enjoyed how the short stories left me wanting more at the end of each one. Some gave me goosebumps and gave me pause, while others left me feeling indifferent. My favourite short stories were ones that stuck with me long after I was done with the book. These include Click-Clack the Rattlebag which is a spooky story and made me think and re-read it a couple of times because I kept missing little details the first time. The second story which I enjoyed was The Sleeper and the Spindle as I love a good fairy tale re-telling epecially one with a twist. The last story which I enjoyed immensely was ­Nothing O’Clock. This read exactly like an episode of Doctor Who and I loved every moment of it. It brought me back to all the reasons why I loved the show, and why I loved Matt Smith as the Doctor. It had a mixture of humour and darkness intertwined.

Out of 5 cups of tea, I would give this collection of short stories a 4. I really enjoyed reading most of them, and they left me wanting more. Gaiman’s writing style has me longing for more. I can’t wait until I can read one of his books again.

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