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Ranking Author Neil Gaiman’s Best Books (A Bibliography Countdown)

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“What are Neil Gaiman’s Best Books?” We looked at all of Gaiman’s authored bibliography and ranked them against one another to answer that very question!

We took all of the books written by Neil Gaiman and looked at their Goodreads, Amazon, and LibraryThing scores, ranking them against one another to see which books came out on top. The books are ranked in our list below based on which titles have the highest overall score between all 3 review sites in comparison with all of the other books by the same author. The process isn’t super scientific and in reality, most books aren’t “better” than other books as much as they are just different. That being said, we do enjoy seeing where our favorites landed, and if you aren’t familiar with the author at all, the rankings can help you see what books might be best to start with.

The full ranking chart is also included below the countdown on the bottom of the page. We will update the article if/when a new book by Neil Gaiman is released. Although it probably won’t be immediate so the scores on each site have time to settle and aren’t overly influenced by the early, usually much more opinionated, users.

Happy Scrolling!



The Top Book’s Of Neil Gaiman



80 ) Duran Duran: The First Four Years of the Fab Five

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 80
  • Amazon: 79
  • LibraryThing: 80

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79 ) Ghastly Beyond Belief

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 78
  • Amazon: 79
  • LibraryThing: 73

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78 ) The Last Temptation

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 74
  • Amazon: 77
  • LibraryThing: 75

Steven is afraid. Afraid of ghost stories, afraid of growing up… just afraid. That is, until he meets the mysterious Showman and his Theatre of the Real. Steven takes a ticket and watches the show on a dare, but getting out of the performance will be harder than he ever imagined. And then Steven learns what it is to be truly afraid.

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77 ) The Silver Dream

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 75
  • Amazon: 71
  • LibraryThing: 78

Dangerous times lie ahead, and if Joey Harker has any hope of saving InterWorld and the Altiverse, he’s going to have to rely on his wits—and, just possibly, on the mysterious Time Agent Acacia Jones.

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76 ) Free Country: A Tale of The Children’s Crusade

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 79
  • Amazon: 66
  • LibraryThing: 76

The Dead Boy Detectives are on the case. When several children go missing in a small English town, a series of strange and unexpected twists take them to Free Country, a place that dates back a millennium, where children never grow old and are free from the abuse and tyranny of adults. But Free Country is failing, and what it needs is the strength of five innately powerful children-including the young sorcerer Timothy Hunter-to restore their uncanny world to what it once was.

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75 ) InterWorld

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 76
  • Amazon: 66
  • LibraryThing: 74

“Joey Harker isn’t a hero.

In fact, he’s the kind of guy who gets lost in his own house.

But then one day, Joey gets really lost. He walks straight out of his world and into another dimension.

Joey’s walk between the worlds makes him prey to two terrible forces—armies of magic and science who will do anything to harness his power to travel between dimensions.”

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74 ) Adventures In The Dream Trade

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 72
  • Amazon: 75
  • LibraryThing: 62

A collection of short stories, essays, poems, song lyrics, and a weblog from the time that his novel American Gods was going to press.

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73 ) Only the End of the World Again

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 77
  • Amazon: 61
  • LibraryThing: 70

The story features an adjustor, Lawrence Talbot who recently sets up shop in Innsmouth only to discover that the world may be ending and that the instrument of destruction is a werewolf.

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72 ) Stories: All New Tales

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 66
  • Amazon: 73
  • LibraryThing: 65

“””The joy of fiction is the joy of the imagination. . . .””

The best stories pull readers in and keep them turning the pages, eager to discover more—to find the answer to the question: “”And then what happened?”” The true hallmark of great literature is great imagination, and as Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio prove with this outstanding collection, when it comes to great fiction, all genres are equal.”

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71 ) The Facts In The Case Of The Departure Of Miss Finch

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 73
  • Amazon: 53
  • LibraryThing: 77

Come, come and hear of the strange and terrible tale of Miss Finch, an exacting woman befallen by mystery and abduction deep under the streets of London! New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman delivers another stunning hardcover graphic novel with longtime collaborator Michael Zulli

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69 ) Harlequin Valentine

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 60
  • Amazon: 76
  • LibraryThing: 63

In this modern hardcover retelling of a classic commedia dell’arte legend of tomfoolery and hopeless, fawning love, creators Neil Gaiman (The Sandman, the Newbery Medal-winning The Graveyard Book) and John Bolton (Evil Dead) update the relationship of Harlequin and Columbine. A buffoon burdened with a brimming heart, Harlequin chases his sensible, oblivious Columbine around the city streets, having given his heart freely. Consumed with love, the impulsive clown sees his heart dragged about town, with a charming surprise to bend the tale in a modern direction. Gaiman’s writing is poetic and as heartfelt as the subject matter. Bolton’s art, a combination of digitally enhanced photorealism and dynamic painting, provides sensational depth with bright characters over fittingly muted backgrounds.

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69 ) A Walking Tour Of The Shambles

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 67
  • Amazon: 61
  • LibraryThing: 71

Gene Wolfe and Neil Gaiman invite you to tour the Shambles, that historic old Chicago neighborhood which miraculously survived the Great Fire of 1871. (”Ya can’t burn Hell.” as one local politician laughingly remarked.) Uniquely Chicago, the Shambles offers an array of delights for the intrepid sightseer: Cereal House with its Terribly Strange Bed (be sure to fill out the ”next of kin” form if you stay the night: a quaint touch adding to the fun of an overnight visit); the House of Clocks boasts a collection of 20,000 time pieces — make sure you arrive on the hour, for an unforgettable moment; the historic H.H. Holmes’ House with the bars on his children’s windows still intact; Saunders Park, a soothing respite from the city streets (if one is careful), with its gardens, statuary, ornamental lake and the infamous Petting Zoo (a favorite with children, but it’s best not to bring your own); plus many more intriguing sights . . .

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68 ) Eternity’s Wheel

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 70
  • Amazon: 58
  • LibraryThing: 68

Joey Harker never wanted to be a leader. But he’s the one everyone is looking to now that FrostNight looms, and he’ll have to step up if he has any hope of saving InterWorld, the Multiverse, and everything in between.

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67 ) Black Orchid

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 69
  • Amazon: 53
  • LibraryThing: 71

“Before introducing the modern version of The Sandman, Neil Gaiman wrote this dark tale that reinvented a strange DC Comics super hero in the Vertigo mold. Featuring spectacular art by Gaiman’s frequent collaborator, Dave McKean, BLACK ORCHID is now collected in a deluxe trade paperback

After being viciously murdered, Susan Linden is reborn fully grown as the Black Orchid, a hybrid of plant and human, destined to avenge her own death. Now, as this demigoddess attempts to reconcile human memory and botanical origins, she must untangle the webs of deception and secrets that led to her death. Beginning in the cold streets of a heartless metropolis and ending in the Amazon rainforest, this book takes the reader on a journey through secrets, suffering and self-rediscovery.”

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66 ) Signal to Noise

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 55
  • Amazon: 66
  • LibraryThing: 68

A film director is dying of cancer. His greatest film would have told the story of a European village as the last hour of 999 AD approached—bringing Armageddon. Now that story will never be told. But he’s still working it out in his head, making a film that no one will ever see.

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65 ) Cinnamon

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 71
  • Amazon: 58
  • LibraryThing: 56

A talking tiger is the only one who may be able to get a princess to speak in this beautiful picture book set in a mythic India by the Newbery Medal-winning and New York Timesbestselling author of American Gods and Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman, and illustrated in bold colors by Divya Srinivasan.

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64 ) Hansel and Gretel

  • Goodreads: 59
  • Amazon: 66
  • LibraryThing: 59

Best-selling author Neil Gaiman and fine artist Lorenzo Mattotti join forces to create Hansel & Gretel, a stunning book that’s at once as familiar as a dream and as evocative as a nightmare. Mattotti’s sweeping ink illustrations capture the terror and longing found in the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale. Gaiman crafts an original text filled with his signature wit and pathos that is sure to become a favorite of readers everywhere, young and old.

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63 ) Creatures Of The Night

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 53
  • Amazon: 71
  • LibraryThing: 54

Two of literary comics modern masters present a pair of magical and disturbing stories of strange creatures who are not quite what they seem! In The Price, a mysterious feline engages in a nightly conflict with an unseen, vicious foe. The Daughter of Owls recounts an eerie tale of a beautiful orphan girl who was found clutching an owl pellet–and how those who would do her wrong would face bizarre, unforeseen consequences.

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62 ) How to Talk to Girls at Parties

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 67
  • Amazon: 43
  • LibraryThing: 61

Enn is a sixteen-year-old boy who just doesn’t understand girls, while his friend Vic seems to have them all figured out. Both teenagers are in for the shock of their young lives, however, when they crash a local party only to discover that the girls there are far, far more than they appear!

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61 ) Mr. Punch : The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 63
  • Amazon: 43
  • LibraryThing: 52

In his grandfather’s seaside arcade, a young boy encounters a mysterious Punch & Judy man with a dark past and a woman who makes her living playing a mermaid. As their stories unfold, the boy must confront family secrets, strange puppets and a nightmarish world of violence and betrayal.

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60 ) M Is for Magic

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 58
  • Amazon: 43
  • LibraryThing: 55

“A teenage boy who has trouble talking to girls finds himself at a rather unusual party.
A sinister jack-in-the-box haunts the lives of the children who owned it.
A boy raised in a graveyard makes a discovery and confronts the much more troubling world of the living.
A stray cat fights a nightly battle to protect his adopted family from a terrible evil.”

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59 ) Unnatural Creatures

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 52
  • Amazon: 53
  • LibraryThing: 49

The sixteen stories gathered by Gaiman, winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards, range from the whimsical to the terrifying. The magical creatures range from werewolves to sunbirds to beings never before classified. E. Nesbit, Diana Wynne Jones, Gahan Wilson, and other literary luminaries contribute to the anthology.

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58 ) Day Of The Dead

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 50
  • Amazon: 43
  • LibraryThing: 58

Original script for the Babylon 5 episode. Contains scenes not actually filmed and some which were filmed but cut.

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57 ) Smoke and Mirrors

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 34
  • Amazon: 73
  • LibraryThing: 41

Michael Faudet’s latest book takes the reader on an emotionally charged journey, exploring the joys of falling madly in love and the melancholy world of the brokenhearted. Beautifully captured in poetry, prose, and short stories, Faudet’s whimsical and sometimes erotic writing has captured the hearts and minds of thousands of readers from around the world.

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56 ) Violent Cases

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 60
  • Amazon: 33
  • LibraryThing: 53

Violent Cases marks the beginning of many astonishing and award-winning collaborations between author Neil Gaiman and artist Dave McKean. It is now offered in a hardcover format with an expanded art section and introductions by Alan Moore, Paul Gravett, and Neil Gaiman! A narrator remembers his childhood encounters with an old osteopath who claims to have treated Al Capone. Gradually, the England of the 1960s and the Chicago of the 1920s begin to merge into a beautifully drawn and hauntingly written tale of memory and evil.

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54 ) MirrorMask

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 50
  • Amazon: 53
  • LibraryThing: 36

Raised in a family of circus performers, she’s always dreamed of leading a more ordinary life. But when haunting music draws her into a strange and magical realm, one where anything can happen, her real life is stolen by a runaway from the other side. Helena must rescue the realm from chaos in order to win back her own not-so-ordinary life.

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54 ) The DC Universe By Neil Gaiman

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 57
  • Amazon: 3
  • LibraryThing: 79

“What evil is so powerful that it can melt the Man of Steel–and extinguish the Green Lantern’s light? How did Poison Ivy’s power first take root–and where did the Riddler find his calling? Who killed the Batman–and will the legend of the Dark Knight ever really end?

The answers to all these questions and more are revealed in THE DC UNIVERSE BY NEIL GAIMAN, collecting for the first time in a single volume eight of the award-winning author’s celebrated stories of superheroics!”

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53 ) Now We Are Sick

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 65
  • Amazon: 7
  • LibraryThing: 63

Neil Gaiman and Stephen Jones have gathered together a unique collection of funny, frivolous and frightening poems by thirty of the world’s best known science fiction, fantasy and horror authors. You are guaranteed to scream with laughter and chuckle in fear as you enter the warped imaginations of these masters of the macabre, for better or verse.

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52 ) Books of Magic

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 32
  • Amazon: 53
  • LibraryThing: 48

“From Neil Gaiman, the bestselling novelist and creator of the world-renowned comics title The Sandman, comes a mesmerizing tale of the dangers and opportunities of youth, and its endless possibilities. Illustrated by four of comics’ most accomplished artists, John Bolton, Scott Hampton, Charles Vess and Paul Johnson, THE BOOKS OF MAGIC collects all four issues of the original miniseries that introduced the character of Timothy Hunter and set the stage for his continuing adventures.

Timothy Hunter could be the most powerful magician in the world, but does he really want to be? Guided through the magical world starting at the begining of time by a group of DC Universe magicians, often refered to as the Trenchcoat Brigade (John Constantine, Phantom Stranger, Mister E, and Doctor Occult), they attempt to aid Timothy in his decision whether or not to embrace his gift. However, by the time Timothy makes a choice, it may have already been made for him.”

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51 ) Troll Bridge

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 41
  • Amazon: 58
  • LibraryThing: 32

When Jack was a young boy, his world was full of ghosts and ghouls, but one such monster–a ravenous and hideous troll–would haunt him long into manhood. As the beast sups upon a lifetime of Jack’s fear and regret, Jack must find the courage within himself to face the fiend once and for all!

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50 ) Don’t Panic: The Official Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Companion

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 12
  • Amazon: 61
  • LibraryThing: 57

Adds much extra information to the Hitchhiker trilogy, including previously unpublished radio show excerpts and a profile of Douglas Adams

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49 ) Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 38
  • Amazon: 43
  • LibraryThing: 44

“A mysterious circus terrifies an audience for one extraordinary performance before disappearing into the night, taking one of the spectators along with it . . .

In a novella set two years after the events of American Gods, Shadow pays a visit to an ancient Scottish mansion, and finds himself trapped in a game of murder and monsters . . .

In a Hugo Award-winning short story set in a strangely altered Victorian England, the great detective Sherlock Holmes must solve a most unsettling royal murder . . .

Two teenage boys crash a party and meet the girls of their dreams—and nightmares . . .

In a Locus Award-winning tale, the members of an excusive epicurean club lament that they’ve eaten everything that can be eaten, with the exception of a legendary, rare, and exceedingly dangerous Egyptian bird . . .”

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47 ) The Sleeper and the Spindle

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 49
  • Amazon: 43
  • LibraryThing: 31

In this captivating and darkly funny tale, Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell have twisted together the familiar and the new as well as the beautiful and the wicked to tell a brilliant version of Snow White’s (sort of) and Sleeping Beauty’s (almost) stories.

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47 ) Midnight Days

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 55
  • Amazon: 3
  • LibraryThing: 65

Collected here are six classic stories from acclaimed author Neil Gaiman’s early years at DC Comics. Ranging from playful to somber to strangely chilling, these eloquent tales showcase the depth and range that have become a hallmark of their acclaimed author. The stories also feature work from some of comics’ finest artistic talents, including Teddy Kristiansen, Dave McKean, Mike Mignola, Steve Bissette, John Totleben, Richard Piers Rayner, Sergio Aragonés and more.

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46 ) Chu’s Day

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 53
  • Amazon: 7
  • LibraryThing: 60

“Chu is a little panda with a big sneeze. When Chu sneezes, bad things happen. But as Chu and his parents visit the library, the diner, and the circus, will anyone hear Chu when he starts to feel a familiar tickle in his nose?

Chu’s Day is a story that shows how even the smallest child can make big things happen.”

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45 ) Death: The Time Of Your Life

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 20
  • Amazon: 66
  • LibraryThing: 33

Written by Neil Gaiman; Art by Chris Bachalo, Mark Buckingham, and others Death incarnate, as defined by master storyteller Neil Gaiman (THE SANDMAN), is a genuinely likeable young girl with a fondness for ankhs who truly cares about people. It’s small wonder then that when a rising star of the music world wrestles with revealing her true sexual orientation just as her lover is lured into the realm of Death that Death herself should make an appearance. A practical, honest, and intelligent story that illuminates “the miracle of death.”

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43 ) Anansi Boys

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 38
  • Amazon: 33
  • LibraryThing: 46

“God is dead. Meet the kids.

Fat Charlie Nancy’s normal life ended the moment his father dropped dead on a Florida karaoke stage. Charlie didn’t know his dad was a god. And he never knew he had a brother. Now brother Spider is on his doorstep—about to make Fat Charlie’s life more interesting . . . and a lot more dangerous.”

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43 ) 1602

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 47
  • Amazon: 19
  • LibraryThing: 51

Spider-Man, the X-Men, Nick Fury, Dr. Strange, Daredevil, Dr. Doom, Black Widow, Captain America and more appear in the waning days of Queen Elizabeth. As the world begins to change and enter into a new age, the question remains – how and why are these Marvel stars appearing nearly 400 years before they’re suppose to?

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42 ) The View from the Cheap Seats

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 40
  • Amazon: 33
  • LibraryThing: 43

An inquisitive observer, thoughtful commentator, and assiduous craftsman, Neil Gaiman has long been celebrated for the sharp intellect and startling imagination that informs his bestselling fiction. Now, The View from the Cheap Seats brings together for the first time ever more than sixty pieces of his outstanding nonfiction. Analytical yet playful, erudite yet accessible, this cornucopia explores a broad range of interests and topics, including (but not limited to): authors past and present; music; storytelling; comics; bookshops; travel; fairy tales; America; inspiration; libraries; ghosts; and the title piece, at turns touching and self-deprecating, which recounts the author’s experiences at the 2010 Academy Awards in Hollywood.

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41 ) Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 47
  • Amazon: 33
  • LibraryThing: 33

Trigger Warning explores the masks we all wear and the people we are beneath them to reveal our vulnerabilities and our truest selves. Here is a rich cornucopia of horror and ghosts stories, science fiction and fairy tales, fabulism and poetry that explore the realm of experience and emotion. In Adventure Story—a thematic companion to The Ocean at the End of the Lane—Gaiman ponders death and the way people take their stories with them when they die. His social media experience A Calendar of Tales are short takes inspired by replies to fan tweets about the months of the year—stories of pirates and the March winds, an igloo made of books, and a Mother’s Day card that portends disturbances in the universe. Gaiman offers his own ingenious spin on Sherlock Holmes in his award-nominated mystery tale The Case of Death and Honey. And Click-Clack the Rattlebagexplains the creaks and clatter we hear when we’re all alone in the darkness.

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39 ) Melinda

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 28
  • Amazon: 78
  • LibraryThing: 6

Melinda, by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Dagmara Matuszak, published by Hill House. A haunting short story of a young girl living alone in a world of rot and decay, her only companions the feral animals that rove the deserted ruins. Illustrated by Dagmara Matuszak in color and black & white. Color illustrations individually printed and laid in by hand.

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39 ) The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 41
  • Amazon: 43
  • LibraryThing: 28

This bewitching and harrowing tale of mystery and survival, and memory and magic, makes the impossible all too real…

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38 ) Odd and the Frost Giants

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 45
  • Amazon: 19
  • LibraryThing: 46

Odd, a young Viking boy, is left fatherless following a raid, and in his icy, ancient world there is no mercy for an unlucky soul with a crushed foot and no one to protect him. Fleeing to the woods, Odd stumbles upon and releases a trapped bear…and then Odd’s destiny begins to change. The eagle, bear, and fox Odd encounters are Norse gods, trapped in animal form by the evil frost giant who has conquered Asgard, the city of the gods. Now our hero must reclaim Thor’s hammer, outwit the frost giants and release the gods…

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37 ) Chu’s First Day of School

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 62
  • Amazon: 7
  • LibraryThing: 39

Chu, the adorable panda with a great big sneeze, is heading off to his first day of school, and he’s nervous. He hopes the other girls and boys will be nice. Will they like him? What will happen at school? And will Chu do what he does best?

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36 ) Murder Mysteries

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 30
  • Amazon: 33
  • LibraryThing: 45

Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell venture into the world of myth and angels in this new edition of their noir-fantasy tale. Constructing and maintaining all of heaven and earth is an immense task, which God has divided up amongst the various ranks and stations of angels. As with any huge effort, there are bound to be casualties. Lights is shed on the lords behind creation as one lonely man in Los Angeles hears the story of one particular unspeakable crime: a murder in Paradise.

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35 ) The Sandman Book Of Dreams

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 17
  • Amazon: 19
  • LibraryThing: 65

“There is a dark king who rules our dreams from a place of shadows and fantastic things. He is Morpheus, the lord of story. Older than humankind itself, he inhabits — along with Destiny, Death, Destruction, Desire, Despair, and Delirium, his Endless sisters and brothers — the realm of human consciousness. His powers are myth and nightmare — inspirations, pleasures, and punishments manifested beneath the blanketing mist of sleep.

Surrender to him now.”

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34 ) Norse Mythology

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 27
  • Amazon: 43
  • LibraryThing: 30

“In Norse Mythology, Gaiman stays true to the myths in envisioning the major Norse pantheon: Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki―son of a giant―blood brother to Odin and a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator.

Gaiman fashions these primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds and delves into the exploits of deities, dwarfs, and giants. Once, when Thor’s hammer is stolen, Thor must disguise himself as a woman―difficult with his beard and huge appetite―to steal it back. More poignant is the tale in which the blood of Kvasir―the most sagacious of gods―is turned into a mead that infuses drinkers with poetry. The work culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and rebirth of a new time and people.”

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33 ) Crazy Hair

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 43
  • Amazon: 19
  • LibraryThing: 37

In Crazy Hair, Bonnie makes a friend who has hair so wild there’s even a jungle inside of it! Bonnie ventures through the crazy hair, but she may need more than a comb to tame her friend’s insane mane.

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32 ) The Dangerous Alphabet

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 30
  • Amazon: 19
  • LibraryThing: 50

“A is for Always, that’s where we embark . . .

Two children, treasure map in hand, and their pet gazelle sneak past their father, out of their house, and into a world beneath the city, where monsters and pirates roam.

Will they find the treasure? Will they make it out alive?”

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31 ) American Gods

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 26
  • Amazon: 43
  • LibraryThing: 28

“Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life.

But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow’s best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday. A trickster and a rogue, Wednesday seems to know more about Shadow than Shadow does himself.

Life as Wednesday’s bodyguard, driver, and errand boy is far more interesting and dangerous than Shadow ever imagined. Soon Shadow learns that the past never dies . . . and that beneath the placid surface of everyday life a storm is brewing—an epic war for the very soul of America—and that he is standing squarely in its path.”

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29 ) The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 37
  • Amazon: 33
  • LibraryThing: 26

“””I’ll swap you my dad,”” I said.
“”Oh-oh,”” said my little sister.

What if you wanted your best friend’s two goldfish so much that you’d swap anything for them, even your father?

What if your mother came home and found out what you’d done?”

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29 ) Stardust

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 29
  • Amazon: 33
  • LibraryThing: 33

“Catch a fallen star . . .

Tristran thorn promised to bring back a fallen star. So he sets out on a journey to fulfill the request of his beloved, the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester—and stumbles into the enchanted realm that lies beyond the wall of his English country town.”

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28 ) Chu’s Day At The Beach

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 64
  • Amazon: 7
  • LibraryThing: 22

“A new adventure for everyone’s favorite sneezing panda, from New York Times bestselling team Neil Gaiman and Adam Rex. Now available as a board book for Neil Gaiman’s youngest fans yet!

Chu and his family are going to the beach! Chu is excited. He will get to play in the sand and wade in the water. But what will happen if Chu sneezes at the beach? And what will happen if he doesn’t?”

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27 ) The Truth Is A Cave In the Black Mountains

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 44
  • Amazon: 19
  • LibraryThing: 27

The text of The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains was first published in the collection anthology Stories: All New Tales edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio. This gorgeous full-color illustrated book version was born of a unique collaboration between writer Neil Gaiman and artist Eddie Campbell, who brought to vivid life the characters and landscape of Gaiman’s story. In August 2010, The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains was performed in the concert hall of the Sydney Opera House to a sold-out crowd—Gaiman read his tale live as Campbell’s magnificent artwork was presented, scene by scene, on large screens. Narrative and art were accompanied by live music composed and performed especially for the story by the FourPlay String Quartet.

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25 ) The Sandman: Endless Nights

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 11
  • Amazon: 61
  • LibraryThing: 16

Featuring the popular characters from the award-winning Sandman series by best selling author Neil Gaiman, The Sandman: Endless Nights reveals the legend of the Endless, a family of magical and mythical beings who exist and interact in the real world. Born at the beginning of time, Destiny, Death, Dream, Desire, Despair, Delirium, and Destruction are seven brothers and sisters who each lord over their respective realms.

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25 ) Angels and Visitations: A Miscellany

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  • Goodreads: 24
  • Amazon: 43
  • LibraryThing: 21

A collection of Neil Gaiman’s short fiction; an odd assortment of enigmatic and wonderful tales- including Troll Bridge, Chivalry and Cold Colours – to amuse and delight.

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24 ) Coraline

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 36
  • Amazon: 7
  • LibraryThing: 41

“When Coraline steps through a door to find another house strangely similar to her own (only better), things seem marvelous.

But there’s another mother there, and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go.

Coraline will have to fight with all her wit and courage if she is to save herself and return to her ordinary life.”

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23 ) Make Good Art

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  • Goodreads: 13
  • Amazon: 61
  • LibraryThing: 7

In May 2012, bestselling author Neil Gaiman delivered the commencement address at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, in which he shared his thoughts about creativity, bravery, and strength. He encouraged the fledgling painters, musicians, writers, and dreamers to break rules and think outside the box. Most of all, he encouraged them to make good art.

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22 ) Fortunately, the Milk

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  • Goodreads: 34
  • Amazon: 7
  • LibraryThing: 39

“””I bought the milk,”” said my father. “”I walked out of the corner shop, and heard a noise like this: t h u m m t h u m m. I looked up and saw a huge silver disc hovering in the air above Marshall Road.””

“”Hullo,”” I said to myself. “”That’s not something you see every day. And then something odd happened.””

Find out just how odd things get in this hilarious New York Times bestselling story of time travel and breakfast cereal, expertly told by Newbery Medalist and bestselling author Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Skottie Young.”

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21 ) Blueberry Girl

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 21
  • Amazon: 19
  • LibraryThing: 37

“This is a prayer for a blueberry girl . . .

A much-loved baby grows into a young woman: brave, adventurous, and lucky. Exploring, traveling, bathed in sunshine, surrounded by the wonders of the world. What every new parent or parent-to-be dreams of for her child, what every girl dreams of for herself.

Let me go places that we’ve never been, trust and delight in her youth.”

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18 ) Sandman Overture

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 45
  • Amazon: 7
  • LibraryThing: 15

Twenty-five years since THE SANDMAN first changed the landscape of modern comics, Neil Gaiman’s legendary series is back in a deluxe edition!

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18 ) The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 15
  • Amazon: 33
  • LibraryThing: 19

In PRELUDES & NOCTURNES, an occultist attempting to capture Death to bargain for eternal life traps her younger brother Dream instead. After his 70 year imprisonment and eventual escape, Dream, also known as Morpheus, goes on a quest for his lost objects of power. On his arduous journey Morpheus encounters Lucifer, John Constantine, and an all-powerful madman.

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18 ) Neverwhere

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 23
  • Amazon: 19
  • LibraryThing: 25

Richard Mayhew is a young London businessman with a good heart whose life is changed forever when he stops to help a bleeding girl—an act of kindness that plunges him into a world he never dreamed existed. Slipping through the cracks of reality, Richard lands in Neverwhere—a London of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth. Neverwhere is home to Door, the mysterious girl Richard helped in the London Above. Here in Neverwhere, Door is a powerful noblewoman who has vowed to find the evil agent of her family’s slaughter and thwart the destruction of this strange underworld kingdom. If Richard is ever to return to his former life and home, he must join Lady Door’s quest to save her world—and may well die trying.

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17 ) The Wolves in the Walls

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 32
  • Amazon: 7
  • LibraryThing: 23

Lucy is sure there are wolves living in the walls of their house — and, as everybody says, if the wolves come out of the walls, it’s all over. Her family doesn’t believe her. Then one day, the wolves come out.

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16 ) Sandman: The Dream Hunters

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 10
  • Amazon: 33
  • LibraryThing: 12

THE SANDMAN: THE DREAM HUNTERS is a comics adaptation of Gaiman’s original prose novella by the same name illustrated by Yoshitako Amano. This graphic novel was illustrated by the legendary P. Craig Russell. A humble young monk and a magical, shape-changing fox find themselves romantically drawn together. As their love blooms, the fox learns of a devilish plot by a group of demons and a Japanese emperor to steal the monk’s life. With the aid of Morpheus, the fox must use all of her cunning and creative thinking to foil this evil scheme and save the man that she loves.

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15 ) Who Killed Amanda Palmer: A Collection of Photographic Evidence

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  • Goodreads: 17
  • Amazon: 19
  • LibraryThing: 18

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12 ) Good Omens

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  • Goodreads: 19
  • Amazon: 19
  • LibraryThing: 14

The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world’s only completely accurate book of prophecies written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

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12 ) The Sandman Vol. 3: Dream Country

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  • Goodreads: 16
  • Amazon: 19
  • LibraryThing: 17

The third book of the Sandman collection is a series of four short comic book stories. In each of these otherwise unrelated stories, Morpheus serves only as a minor character. Here we meet the mother of Morpheus’s son, find out what cats dream about, and discover the true origin behind Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream.

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12 ) The Graveyard Book

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  • Goodreads: 25
  • Amazon: 7
  • LibraryThing: 20

“Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place—he’s the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians’ time as well as their ghostly teachings—such as the ability to Fade so mere mortals cannot see him.

Can a boy raised by ghosts face the wonders and terrors of the worlds of both the living and the dead?”

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11 ) Death: The High Cost Of Living

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  • Goodreads: 21
  • Amazon: 3
  • LibraryThing: 24

One day in every century, Death walks the Earth to better understand those to whom she will be the final visitor. Today is that day. As a young mortal girl named Didi, Death befriends a teenager and helps a 250-year old homeless woman find her missing heart. What follows is a sincere musing on love, life and (of course) death.

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10 ) Instructions

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  • Goodreads: 14
  • Amazon: 19
  • LibraryThing: 13

“In this breathtaking picture book, now in paper-over-board format, Neil Gaiman’s lyrical poem guides a novice traveler through the enchanted woods of a fairy tale—through lush gardens, a formidable castle, and over a perilous river—to find the way home again.

Illustrated in full color by Charles Vess, Instructions features lush images of mythical creatures, magical landscapes, and canny princesses. Its message of the value of courage, wit, and wisdom makes it a perfect gift.”

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9 ) The Absolute Death

Review Website Ranks:

  • Goodreads: 6
  • Amazon: 33
  • LibraryThing: 5

From the pages of Newbery Medal winner Neil Gaiman’s THE SANDMAN comes the young, pale, perky, fan-favorite character Death in a new Absolute Edition collecting her solo adventures!

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8 ) The Sandman Vol. 2: The Doll’s House

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  • Goodreads: 8
  • Amazon: 19
  • LibraryThing: 11

During Morpheus’s incarceration, three dreams escaped the Dreaming and are now loose in the waking world. At the same time, a young woman named Rose Walker is searching for her little brother. As their stories converge, a vortex is discovered that could destroy all dreamers, and the world itself.

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7 ) The Sandman Vol. 6: Fables & Reflections

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  • Goodreads: 7
  • Amazon: 19
  • LibraryThing: 9

The critically acclaimed THE SANDMAN: FABLES AND REFLECTIONS continues the fantastical epic of Morpheus, the King of Dreams, as he observes and interacts with an odd assortment of historical and fictional characters throughout time. Featuring tales of kings, explorers, spies, and werewolves, this book of myth and imagination delves into the dark dreams of Augustus Caesar, Marco Polo, Cain and Abel, Norton I, and Orpheus to illustrate the effects that these subconscious musings have had on the course of history and mankind.

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6 ) The Sandman Vol. 5: A Game Of You

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  • Goodreads: 9
  • Amazon: 7
  • LibraryThing: 10

Take an apartment house, add in a drag queen, a lesbian couple, some talking animals, a talking severed head, a confused heroine and the deadly Cuckoo. Stir vigorously with a hurricane and Morpheus himself and you get this fifth installment of the SANDMAN series. This story stars Barbie, who first makes an appearance in THE DOLL’S HOUSE and now finds herself a princess in a vivid dreamworld.

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5 ) The Sandman Vol. 8: Worlds’ End

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  • Goodreads: 5
  • Amazon: 7
  • LibraryThing: 7

Reminiscent of the legendary Canterbury Tales, THE SANDMAN: WORLDS’ END is a wonderful potpourri of engrossing tales and masterly storytelling. Improbably caught in a June blizzard, two wayward compatriots stumble upon a mysterious inn and learn that they are in the middle of a “reality storm.” Now surrounded by a menagerie of people and creatures from different times and realities, the two stranded travelers are entertained by mesmerizing myths of infamous sea creatures, dreaming cities, ancient kings, astonishing funeral rituals and moralistic hangmen.

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4 ) The Sandman Vol. 4: Season of Mists

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  • Goodreads: 2
  • Amazon: 7
  • LibraryThing: 4

Ten thousand years ago, Morpheus condemned a woman who loved him to Hell. Now the other members of his immortal family, The Endless, have convinced the Dream King that this was an injustice. To make it right, Morpheus must return to Hell to rescue his banished love — and Hell’s ruler, the fallen angel Lucifer, has already sworn to destroy him.

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3 ) The Sandman Vol. 10: The Wake

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  • Goodreads: 4
  • Amazon: 1
  • LibraryThing: 3

In the final Sandman tale, Morpheus made the ultimate decision between change and death. As one journey for the Endless ends another begins for the Lord of Dreams and his family. All the final pieces come together for the final moments of the Sandman.

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2 ) The Sandman Vol. 7: Brief Lives

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  • Goodreads: 2
  • Amazon: 3
  • LibraryThing: 2

Older and more powerful than the gods themselves, the Endless are a dysfunctional family of cosmic beings that have ruled over the realms of dream, desire, despair, destiny, destruction, death, and delirium since the beginning of time. But three hundred years ago, one of the mythical beings gave up his duties and left his realm, never to be seen again. Now on a mission to find their missing sibling, Delirium and older brother Dream encounter immortal humans and various deities as they try to locate the prodigal Destruction. But as their adventure draws Dream into a final, tragic confrontation with his son Orpheus, the eternal being learns the true meaning of fate and consequences.

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1 ) The Sandman Vol. 9: The Kindly Ones

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  • Goodreads: 1
  • Amazon: 1
  • LibraryThing: 1

In the longest Sandman story, Morpheus becomes the prey of the Furies, avenging spirits who torment those who spill family blood. A journey both begins and ends for the Lord of Dreams as threads and pieces building since the beginning of the series finally comes together in a thrilling climax that forever changes the world of THE SANDMAN.

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Neil Gaiman’s Best Books



Neil Gaiman Review Website Bibliography Rankings

BookGoodreadsAmazonLibraryThingOveral Rank
The Sandman Vol. 9: The Kindly Ones 111 1
The Sandman Vol. 7: Brief Lives 232 2
The Sandman Vol. 10: The Wake 413 3
The Sandman Vol. 4: Season of Mists 274 4
The Sandman Vol. 8: Worlds’ End 577 5
The Sandman Vol. 5: A Game Of You 9710 6
The Sandman Vol. 6: Fables & Reflections 7199 7
The Sandman Vol. 2: The Doll’s House 81911 8
The Absolute Death 6335 9
Instructions 141913 10
Death: The High Cost Of Living 21324 11
Good Omens 191914 12
The Sandman Vol. 3: Dream Country 161917 12
The Graveyard Book 25720 12
Who Killed Amanda Palmer: A Collection of Photographic Evidence 171918 15
Sandman: The Dream Hunters 103312 16
The Wolves in the Walls 32723 17
Sandman Overture 45715 18
The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes & Nocturnes 153319 18
Neverwhere 231925 18
Blueberry Girl 211937 21
Fortunately, the Milk 34739 22
Make Good Art 13617 23
Coraline 36741 24
The Sandman: Endless Nights 116116 25
Angels and Visitations: A Miscellany 244321 25
The Truth Is A Cave In the Black Mountains 441927 27
Chu’s Day At The Beach 64722 28
The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish 373326 29
Stardust 293333 29
American Gods 264328 31
The Dangerous Alphabet 301950 32
Crazy Hair 431937 33
Norse Mythology 274330 34
The Sandman Book Of Dreams 171965 35
Murder Mysteries 303345 36
Chu’s First Day of School 62739 37
Odd and the Frost Giants 451946 38
Melinda 28786 39
The Ocean at the End of the Lane 414328 39
Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances 473333 41
The View from the Cheap Seats 403343 42
Anansi Boys 383346 43
1602 471951 43
Death: The Time Of Your Life 206633 45
Chu’s Day 53760 46
The Sleeper and the Spindle 494331 47
Midnight Days 55365 47
Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders 384344 49
Don’t Panic: The Official Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Companion 126157 50
Troll Bridge 415832 51
Books of Magic 325348 52
Now We Are Sick 65763 53
MirrorMask 505336 54
The DC Universe By Neil Gaiman 57379 54
Violent Cases 603353 56
Smoke and Mirrors 347341 57
Day Of The Dead 504358 58
Unnatural Creatures 525349 59
M Is for Magic 584355 60
Mr. Punch : The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy 634352 61
How to Talk to Girls at Parties 674361 62
Creatures Of The Night 537154 63
Hansel and Gretel 596659 64
Cinnamon 715856 65
Signal to Noise 556668 66
Black Orchid 695371 67
Eternity’s Wheel 705868 68
Harlequin Valentine 607663 69
A Walking Tour Of The Shambles 676171 69
The Facts In The Case Of The Departure Of Miss Finch 735377 71
Stories: All New Tales 667365 72
Only the End of the World Again 776170 73
Adventures In The Dream Trade 727562 74
InterWorld 766674 75
Free Country: A Tale of The Children’s Crusade 796676 76
The Silver Dream 757178 77
The Last Temptation 747775 78
Ghastly Beyond Belief 787973 79
Duran Duran: The First Four Years of the Fab Five 807980 80