January 17

Book Review – The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman

January 17, 2015

From Goodreads.com:
You ask me if I can forgive myself?
I can forgive myself…

And so begins The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains, a haunting story of family, the otherworld, and a search for hidden treasure. This gorgeous full-color illustrated book version was born of a unique collaboration between New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman and renowned artist Eddie Campbell, who brought to vivid life the characters and landscape of Gaiman’s award-winning story. In this volume, the talents and vision of two great creative geniuses come together in a glorious explosion of color and shadow, memory and regret, vengeance and, ultimately, love.

…for many things. For where I left him.
For what I did. 

I picked this book up from the library on a whim. I was drawn to the cover of the book, which is totally creepy, as well as the author, Neil Gaiman. When I grabbed it off the shelf and flipped through a few pages, I quickly realized that this would be a totally unique read.  At a mere 74 pages, Gaiman and Campbell pack a lot of punch in this novelette.

What you will love:

  1. THE CONCEPT:  I have never encountered a book like this before (I’m not saying they don’t exist, I’ve just never seen one), and I’m going to make my own new book category to describe it – adult picture books. I so hope that Gaiman and Campbell team up to do more novelettes such as this one.
  2. THE ARTWORK:  Campbell has a unique style that perfectly accents the plot. The pictures lighten and darken to reflect the mood that Gaiman is trying to create with the story. Campbell evokes such a dark sense of foreboding to accompany the evolving storyline. Mini comics are also interspersed throughout the story to facilitate the dialogue in a way that works (even though it sounds odd and seems like it doesn’t make sense).
  3. THE LESSON:  It is quickly apparent that the story is a parable with a lesson to be learned. You know I’m not a fan of spoilers, so I won’t give it away, but there is a moral to this story :) .

I have no negatives that detract from this read. This book won’t be for everyone, but if you are looking for a very quick and unique read that reminds you of some of the stories you heard as a child, then this is definitely for you!

Have any of you had the chance to read this one? Have you read any other short novelettes that you would recommend?

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Posted January 17, 2015 by Lisa @ Reading, Writing, and Random Musings in category "book review


  1. By Ann on

    The way you described this book has peaked my interest. I’m planning on seeing if my library has it!

    1. By cubbieblue26@gmail.com (Post author) on

      It’s a VERY quick read. It’s different!

  2. By Rob on

    Have you read any of his other works? His American Gods is easily in my top 5 favorite books.

    1. By cubbieblue26@gmail.com (Post author) on

      I read The Ocean at the End of the Lane….I enjoyed it. He does have a new book coming out this month (I can’t recall the name off the top of my head right now). I definitely want to check out American Gods!


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