Although published in 2013, this is a book I’ve wanted to read for a while and came across the find in our local charity shop. Trigger Warning is a collection of short to slightly longer reads. It’s approximately 300 pages in length. From the start of the book, I was thinking that each story had a connection, and in the end everything would fall into place. But no, it is a set of random stories. Some have been published before and others have been written for the book.
This is the first I’ve read of Gaiman’s work and, being a fan of his lucifer character in the same titles series, and American Gods, I wasn’t disappointed. His writing style is definitely unique and grammatically simple in a way that it feels like he’s telling a fairy tale. It’s not a bad way of writing, and in fact I felt his style useful to help turn the next page. It was inviting me to read on, and read on I did. I did find it discouraging that a story he wrote for Doctor Who, ‘Nothing O’clock’ was included. It felt out of place and only seemed to have been thrown in because of its popularity. Notable stories were his classic Click-Clack the Rattlebag, A Calendar of Tales, The Sleeper and the Spindle, and my favourite, Black Dog.
All in all ‘Trigger Warning’ was an absolute treat, a page turner, and a huge slice of bizarre.