You may have already heard about Book Riot‘s Start Here project. If not, you can click the picture or the link or read this helpful description that I’m going to cut and paste for you:

There are so many fantastic authors and great books out there that sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin.

Say you’ve always wanted to read something by William Faulkner. You probably know a bunch of his books: The Sound and the FuryAs I Lay DyingLight in AugustAbsalom, Absalom! Maybe you’ve even come close to buying one. But every time you think about it, there’s that big question:

Which should you read first?

Start Here solves that problem; it tells you how to read your way into 25 amazing authors from a wide range of genres–children’s books to classics, contemporary fiction to graphic novels.

Each chapter presents an author, explains why you might want to try them, and lays out a 3-4 book reading sequence designed to help you experience fully what they have to offer. It’s a fun, accessible, informative way to enrich your reading life.

Start Here will be available both as an ebook (compatible with Kindles, iPads, Nooks, and a variety of other devices) and as a printed edition.


Fun, right?

I thought it was a fantastic idea to begin with, and I knew Joe Hill was writing a chapter and anything Joe Hill does seems like it’s probably cool, and now the section introducing the varied and wondrous worlds of Neil Gaiman will be composed by yours truly.

I am delighted and honored to be involved. I am still pondering my suggestions, as the collected Gaiman is vast and eclectic. It’s kind of like starting someone out on sushi when they’ve never had it before, there are a lot of tastes and textures to set up before we start setting things on fire.

(I really did have sushi that was on fire last week. It said “torched at table” and I expected maybe they’d pull out a little crème brûlée torch but instead it arrived aflame and continued to burn for quite a while and it was delicious.)

My Gaiman guide may end up having a slightly unconventional approach (I already know I’m not going to suggest starting with American Gods, for one thing) but I think it will be a lot of fun and also gives me an excuse to page through my gorgeous Absolute Sandman editions again.

If any of this sounds appetizing to you, you can help kickstart Start Here here.


Categories: books


Paula Elsloo · August 10, 2012 at 8:34 am

Oh, fun! Not that you asked for suggestions, but start with Stardust. It’s the first Neil Gaiman I ever read, and still my favorite–or at least a tie with the short story Chivalry. Oh, but wait…just remembered The Graveyard Book, also incredible…Hmmm….Like writing a novel, this is harder than it looks. Good luck, best wishes and I can’t wait to read what you come up with

Lisa Ahn · August 13, 2012 at 3:15 pm

As a huge fan of Neil Gaiman and of your own Night Circus, I can’t wait to see what you come up with. Best of luck.

Marcilia · August 28, 2012 at 4:42 pm

I can’t wait to read your views on reading hte wonderous Neil… ::said with a sigh and dreamy upcast eyes:
I’m sure you will do a lovely job, being a very gifted writer yourself. 🙂

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