If the same object from two different times touches itself, one of two things will happen. Either the Universe will cease to exist. Or three remarkable dwarfs will dance through the streets with flowerpots on their heads” – Fortunately, the Milk, Neil Gaiman
Initial Thoughts: On my first day back at work, I needed an audiobook to get me back into the routine. I decided to choose Fortunately, the Milk by: Neil Gaiman. It should be an unspoken rule… everything and anything written by Neil Gaiman is automatically amazing.
“I bought the milk,” said my father. “I walked out of the corner shop, and heard a noise like this: thummthumm. I looked up and saw a huge silver disc hovering in the air above Marshall Road.” “Hullo,” I said to myself. “That’s not something you see every day. And then something odd happened.“ Find out just how odd things get in this hilarious story of time travel and breakfast cereal” Goodreads
About the Book
Title: Fortunately, the Milk
Author: Neil Gaiman
Year Published: 2013
Genres & Subjects: Fiction, Children’s fiction, Fantasy, Humour
This short and sweet little book is full of everything you could ever hope for. It includes ‘wumpires’, dinosaurs, aliens, and of course, milk. What happens when a seemingly inattentive Dad has to go out to buy milk and takes a really really long time? Obviously, the answer is that aliens have found their way to earth and have asked the Dad (on behalf of the human race) if they can remodel the earth. Of course, it isn’t because the Dad ran into someone and got talking, or he was stuck in traffic. Remember, this is a Neil Gaiman novel. Why should there be simple explanations for anything?
In spite of being geared towards children, I really enjoyed this book. I found myself chuckling under my breath at my desk hoping that none of my coworkers would hear me and think that I am some sort of lunatic. This fast-paced tale kept me wondering “now what’s going to pop up next.” In such a short time, the Dad encounters so many different creatures and people, and he ends up in so many bizarre situations it is a wonder how he has fortunately held onto the milk.
I think that there should have been some nice wumpires,” said my sister, wistfully. “Nice, handsome, misunderstood wumpires.” “There were not,” said my father” – Fortunately, the Milk, Neil Gaiman
So, if you are wondering if this book is all about being grateful that the Dad has returned with the milk for his children’s cereal, you are completely right. A seemingly boring plot device, right? Remember, this is a Neil Gaiman novel. Gaiman’s imagination soars to unbelievable heights through this seemingly simple story. Be prepared to be amazed, and to laugh at every turn.
The only unfortunate [I couldn’t resist] thing about Fortunately, the Milk’s audiobook is that I wasn’t able to see the illustrations, which is only natural, it is an audiobook. But, what makes up for the lack of illustrations, Neil Gaiman’s voice provides adequate illustrations in his tones of voice. Yes, Neil Gaiman narrated his own work. Is there anything the man cannot do?
I would recommend this book to anyone. Yes, anyone with a sense of humor. This book really brightened my day. I would also recommend reading this book as a bedtime story for children of any age.
Final Rating: A-
Until Next Time,