Continuing my exploration of Neil Gaiman’s work, I came across another title I hadn’t read yet, and dug happily into it!
While perhaps not as magical as some of his solo writing, this one still entertained and introduced me to the worlds of Joey Harker.
It seems Harker, despite a seemingly terrible sense of direction, has a special gift – he’s a Walker, and can move between the billions of Earths that make up the altiverse. There are worlds where he’s a woman with wings, part wolf, centaur, cyborg!
And he find himself drawn into a battle between two forces battling for control of the entire multiverse and altiverse… The magical powers of the Hex at one end of the spectrum and the scientific, technological efforts of the Static at the other end.
Both divisions want ultimate control, refusing to rule in balance, and Harker and his allies (all variations of him) find themselves in the middle fighting to keep worlds safe, and science and magic in balance.
The forces of the Static make infrequent appearances in the book, so Joey and his other selves find themselves facing off against the might of the Hex, led by Lord Dogknife, and his aides Lady Indigo and the tattooed Scarabus.
The story tends to rocket along as Joey seems to find himself tumbling from one exciting and dangerous encounter to the next, and while most of the tale wraps up by book’s end, you can tell just by the way things are set up, that this may be the first in a series of adventures for young Mr. Harker.
It was a lot of fun, and an amazingly quick read. I do like how Gaiman tells his stories, as a lot of the time there is a lot of humour melded with the tale, and I always find myself smiling and chuckling at those moments.
For me, it is so easy to wrap myself up in Gaiman’s stories, they are like a warm fleece blanket, and for the time that I am wrapped u in them, they keep me warm and safe, no matter what incidents befall our heroes. His pacing and style are my pacing and style, I never rush through them, I simply enjoy them, and treasure my time in each of the worlds he’s created, even some of the darker ones. It’s just the way he writes…
I think I can categorically say, he is my favorite writer, and I look forward to each and every book of his I can get my hands on. I wonder what one I should read next?