trigger warning

Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman

I've often felt like I must be missing out on something, not becoming invested in Doctor Who. People whose tastes I agree with often like Doctor Who but, despite trying the show out a couple of times, I simply couldn't maintain any interest in it. But still, I wondered. 

Gaiman has relieved any concerns I had - if Gaiman's short story about Doctor Who in this collection (Nothing O'Clock) didn't interest me, the show never will. I kept wanting to stop reading Nothing O'Clock but persisted, knowing that the other stories in the collection up until that point were fantastic. I finally gave up about 2/3 the way through. Nope. 

It's the only one in the collection that didn't at least appeal to me and many stood out. I'd thought that the one embroidering Bowie's legends would be the one that I liked best. However, though I enjoyed it, it didn't actually manage to be a favourite. 

This is all rather satisfying because I read Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders four years ago and was ultimately mostly disappointed. I was concerned about having the same response to Trigger but found this collection much stronger, with Nothing being the only one I was ever tempted to skip. At least a couple I'd even read before somewhere else but I read them again, just for the pure enjoyment.