I stumbled up him on iTunes recently, looking for a good audiobook to download. I chose Neverwhere- and LOVED it.
Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancée. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever.
So, I just hopped back onto my new account at Audible.com (discount audiobooks easily downloaded to your mp3 player). And I discovered...
that Neil Gaiman wrote STARDUST!!! (My FAVORITE movie. If you love a fantasy story, WATCH IT!)
In the sleepy English countryside of decades past, there is a town that has stood on a jut of granite for 600 years. And immediately to the east stands a high stone wall, for which the village is named. Here in the town of Wall, Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester. One crisp October night, as they watch, a star falls from the sky, and Victoria promises to marry Tristran if he'll retrieve the star and bring it back for her. It is this promise that sends Tristran through the only gap in the wall, across the meadow, and into the most unforgettable adventure of his life.
He wrote Coraline, too.
(Coraline, if you happen to live under a rock, being the new major motion picture by Tim Burton, filmed entirely in small scale stop motion claymation that is astounding the crafting world.)
I am about to download another of his books, The Graveyard, and I will let you know how it is. With three such fantastic adult fairytale stories, I don't know how it can go wrong.
So now you know who Neil is! If you'd like to download one of his audiobooks, you can get it for FREE when you sign up at http://audiblepodcast.com/castle (One free download that you get to keep, you can cancel at any time).