Neil Gaiman has said something to the effect – on reviews of Trigger Warning (or any of his short story collections for that matter) – that when reading reviews of his short story collections that it is hard to say explicitly how much the reader liked it or didn’t like it. Basically it becomes a personality test because everyone has a different favorite story from the collection and different ones they didn’t like so much.
So I’ll say what I liked and didn’t but it might not be the same for you. However, I can affirmatively say that if you like Neil Gaiman that you will like this collection. If you aren’t and you are looking for a collection of stories with little twists and disturbing tales then this is your book as well.
I didn’t love the poems. They we charming and fun but I just wanted to get to the next story so it was hard to appreciate them. Perhaps in a book of their own. I can honestly say that otherwise I enjoyed all of the stories in the collection though. I just wished that they flowed better together.
Maybe you are here to see how that American Gods short story turned out. Don’t worry. Though it has been a long time since I read American Gods (a re-read is definitely in order) I can say that this story does a perfect job at distilling that Shadow Moon flavor into a nice one-off adventure.
Other favorites in the book are: “The Thing About Cassandra” where a gentleman encounters his first girlfriend (who he made up); “A Calendar of Tales” which are twelve micro stories that each take place in a different month of the year; “The Case of Death and Honey” where a man gets help tending to his special bees; “Click Clack the Rattlebug” which is a standard creepy tale that if read as a kid might terrify me to this day; “And Weep, Like Alexander” a story about an uninventor; and “Nothing O’Clock” a classic Doctor Who story.
The others are great as well; these are just the ones that resonated the most.
Nothing to do with the book really but it has put me in a strange frame of mind where I want to write decidedly different kinds of stories.