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Neil Gaiman – The Wolves in the Walls

Title: The Wolves in the Walls
Author: Neil Gaiman
Artist: Dave McKean
Year: 2003

If I were to choose one favourite author as of this moment, it would probably be Neil Gaiman, not because The Wolves in the Walls is extraordinarily good, but because he has yet to make me disappointed. His average level is way above that of most authors I know, and, at his best, his absolutely brilliant. The Wolves in the Walls is an illustrated children’s book. Compared to Stardust and Coraline, which can also be said to suit a younger audience as well an adult one, The Wolves in the Walls has the genuine feeling of a book for children.

This, however, does not make it unsuitable for adults. Instead, I can find several merits of this short and highly graphical experience. The story itself is entertaining, witty and excellently executed. It is, of course, fairly simple and to the point, but this does not blunt the point I am trying to make. I have mixed feelings about the illustrations, which are at times perfect in every way, but are at other times fail to catch my admiration.

What is so beautiful about The Wolves in the Walls is that it is so short. It takes ten minutes to read, at the outside, so if you have the opportunity to borrow this book, let no doubt cloud your mind. I am not sure that I think it is worth the money it would cost to buy it, though, but it is more than definitely worth the time. Four snails to mister Gaiman.

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  1. Martin’s avatar

    Jag håller med och gav samma betyg. Även om jag definitivt tycker det är värt pengarna eftersom jag köpte den. :)