Discussion Notes: The Case of Four and Twenty Blackbirds

Find this week’s story here: The Case of the Four and Twenty Blackbirds by Neil Gaiman.

Next week’s story: The Autumn of the Patriarch by Gabriel Garcia Márquez.

Rated: Clean

Maya, Gerald, Rammy and Anais deviate from their usual literary fare for something light and whimsical with little deep literary thought. Naturally, Maya near hated it! Where is her substance, her drama, her introspection and depth? However, Maya was alone in her need for deep, as Gerald, Anais, and Rammy loved this fun whimsical break from fiction that makes you work. As a lover of noir thriller, Gerald in particular enjoyed this noir mystery set in the land of children’s nurseries. As Rammy points out, this is what a Dick Tracy comic book would feel like.

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2 comments on The Case of Four and Twenty Blackbirds | Neil Gaiman | Literary Roadhouse Ep 103

  1. Sarvin says:

    I didn’t catch the name of the author you mentioned at almost beginning of the discussion. I was wondering if you could give me his name. You were talking about him having both the substance and the lightness in his works…

    1. George Saunders! Here’s all the George Saunders stories we’ve discussed: https://www.literaryroadhouse.com/tag/george-saunders/
      The first once, Lincoln in the Bardo, is his novel which won the Man Booker award in 2017. We discussed it on our monthly bookclub show.

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