Click – Clack The Rattle Bag by Neil Gaiman
I have an admission to make. I don’t understand all the praise for Neil Gaimen Since I started reading books, I always heard of the genius of Niel Gaimen. He has this imagination that other authors can only dream of and is one of best story tellers of this generation. And I don’t get it. I read Neverwhere, Stardust, and American Gods and none of it was mind blowing. In fact they were kind of boring rehashing stuff I’ve seen before. And this stuff I’ve seen it before was done better by other authors. Like Stephen King, I expect he must just have a diehard fan base that will love his work regardless of quality. So when Neil Gaimen story showed up as the next story in an anthology I was reading, I was ready for disappointment. But at the same time I wanted to give it a chance. I want Gaimen to impress me; to prove to me, he’s a great author so that I could understand why he’s so loved. So here is my review of Click Clack The Rattle bag by Neil Gaimen.
So what is this about? It’s about this teenager who is babysitting his girlfriend’s very young brother on a dark and stormy night. The boy’s bed time is coming up so our lead decides to put him to bed. On the journey to the bedroom, the boy begins to tell him this tale of notorious Clock Clack man.
So the good and bad? Let’s start with the good. The atmosphere and tone of this story is well established. How it seemed to progressively become darker gradually through the story was incredibly well done.
The bad? This story is pointless. It has no payoff. Nothing happens. This story is clearly setting up a tone for something to happen. Then it just suddenly ends. It feels like a writing exercise more than a story because it has no ending. But I guess I should expect as much from Gaimen.
Overall this is a very short story that is very pointless. Sure it established this creepy tone on a dark and stormy night, but it does little else. If you are a diehard Gaimen fan, then you can check it out. But for everyone else this is not worth your time.
2 smoothies out of five.
Overall Rating: A Short Pointless Tale
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SamieFoster (author) on January 31, 2021:
@ John Hansen
So true. There are some authors who are considered the masters of their craft with massive die hard fan bases. I hear about them constantly. And I when I finally read them, I'm confused about why they are so popular.
John Hansen from Queensland Australia on January 31, 2021:
Thank you for sharing the review of this short story. To be honest I haven't yet read anything from Neil Gaimen but I am always hearing praise for his work.
I know a few other authors who I was told were "must-reads" kand their books put me to sleep as well. I will generally give a book two chapters to excite me...after that it is back on the bookshelf for someone else to read or donated to a second-hand book shop.