How to Talk to Girls at Parties

by Neil Gaiman

Other authorsGabriel Ba (Illustrator), Fábio Moon (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 2016




Dark Horse Books, (2016)


"Enn is a fifteen-year-old boy who just doesn't understand girls, while his friend Vic seems to have them all figured out. Both teenagers are in for the shock of their young lives, however, when they crash a local party only to discover that the girls there are far, far more than they appear!"--

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LibraryThing member jnwelch
How to Talk to Girls at Parties originally was a Hugo-nominated short story by Neil Gaiman. A decade later he's joined up with Brazilian brothers Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon to create a delightful and slightly ominous graphic novel version. The brothers illustrated one of my favorite GNs, Daytripper, and obviously have had fun with this tale of two friends who end up at the wrong party. Apparently a film will be released next year.

Two 15-year-old boys, Enn and Vic, gatecrash a party Vic has heard about. Confident Vic wants to kiss the most mesmerizing girl there, while self-doubting Enn expects to end up "in the kitchen listening to somebody's mum going on about politics or poetry or something." There are only young women at the party, and they, along with the unusual pulsating music, draw the boys in.

The scenes are well-drawn, many with a celebratory wildness like a bacchanal. The girls are preternaturally pretty, with large light-filled eyes, and they may not be all that they seem.

Gaiman's writing is always a cut above others in this genre, and the combination with the Brazilian brothers makes for a winning, albeit pretty brief, read.
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LibraryThing member tapestry100
I've never read the short story that this graphic novel is based on, but I think I'm going to have to rectify that soon. This was a beautifully told coming of age story unlike any you may have read before, as two young lads stumble into the wrong party and find themselves discovering more than they bargained for from the girls there. Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá art is vibrant and stunning and really brings the story to life. Highly recommended for both fans of Neil Gaiman and anyone who loves the graphic novel form.… (more)
LibraryThing member ecataldi
I'm not sure what I think of this graphic novel but I think I like it. It's classic Neil Gaiman with weird twists, lyrical pose, and a plot that you never know where it will take you. Two teenage boys head to a party in South London to meet some girls. One is a cocky, confident, young man who can have any girl in the room, and the other is a shy, awkward boy who doesn't really know how to talk to girls. His friend ditches him at the party almost immediately so he tries his hand at talking to three different girls, each one odder than the next. He can't really understand what gibberish they're saying, but they sure are pretty to look at it. A quick read by a master of modern day fantasy and horror. Not bad, not great, but worth a read since it will be in theaters next year!… (more)
LibraryThing member bensdad00
Classic Gaiman - a small story that hints at a larger world.
LibraryThing member lostinalibrary
Fifteen-year-old Enn is not nearly as cool or confident as his best friend, Vic, especially where girls are concerned. So when Vic suggests they attend a party with ‘Girls! Girls! Girls!’, Enn only reluctantly agrees. Vic, unfortunately, left the invitation with the address at home but that’s okay because he sure he can find it – just follow the party sounds. And they do find a party only they don’t recognize any of the people or the music. And there are lots of girls but these girls definitely aren’t like the ones they know at school.

How to Talk to Girls at Parties written by Neil Gaiman was originally released as one of the short stories in Fragile Things in 2006. It is now being released as a graphic novel by Dark Horse. Neil Gaiman has adapted it to the genre and it is illustrated by Brazilian brothers and award winning artists, Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba.

This is a relatively short book at just 67 pages and, on the surface, it is a fairly simple albeit smart story. But this is Gaiman and his stories are never quite what they seem and there are layers here. It can be read as straightforward scifi or as a story about how teenaged boys perceive girls – as a completely different universe, beautiful like poetry but, when you get too close, as terrifying and dangerous as the sun. However you read it, it is a beautifully written and drawn tale, witty, humorous in places, creepy in others but always a compelling and fascinating read.

Thanks to Edelweiss and Dark Horse for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review
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LibraryThing member AnnieMod
I had not read the story this graphic novel is based on but even without Gaiman's name on it, I would have probably recognized it as one of his.

Two boys decide to go to a party, the address of which they do not exactly have. So when they find a party, they go in. One of the boys is a ladies man, the other one is shy and cannot speak to girls. And the girls he meets at the party do not exactly help - telling stories of impossible places.

There is more than one way to read the story - you can choose to see it as a fantasy story (which I prefer) or you can think of it as the way a boy sees women. Or something in between.

It is a short and sweet story about that age when everyone wishes to be just a bit older. And if you read it as a fantasy story, it is also a story about universes, changes and longing.
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LibraryThing member Ron18
Neil's prose works better as prose. This is likely a lovely piece to read, but the visual narrative doesn't work well. The interpretation/adaptation is a... unique vision - whatever the intention, it does not translate.
The first half translates alright - and does this goofy thing, which is the crux of the premise, suggesting that a young man's fear of being unable to communicate with young women is fully founded on the possibility that they aren't even fellow human beings. The joke aspect is clever for a few pages, then I started wondering if anyone needs to keep extending that concept out to such a drastic extent - - truly preaching this notion that men and women are incalculably separated by such a gulf of misunderstanding. What a depressing concept that joke became.
The ending leaves you with a lot of uninteresting intentional questions.
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LibraryThing member Pepperwings
A whimsical take on a nerve-wracking time/experience.

A young man goes to a party with a friend, and is encouraged to just talk to girls, and listen to them. He seems to nervous to actually listen most of the time. It seemed like all the girls he spoke to were completely alien, some may have been foreign, but his experience seems as though they were actually from another planet.

I appreciate that there are metaphors happening, but it lent a very surreal quality to the story, and one that doesn't really resolve with understanding.

There are several unexplained moments, but I think it encapsulates the experience of a teen in a situation that feels foreign and uncertain, and abruptly changes tone.

I think I would have liked a little more understanding of what happened, but the tone of the story was excellent, and resonates with a lot of experiences people have had growing up.
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LibraryThing member villemezbrown
This was a middling short story by Gaiman and the graphic adaptation really doesn't improve upon his prose. I'm shocked to see this is slated for a movie adaptation in 2017. How will something so slight possibly be stretched out for a movie?
LibraryThing member questbird
A short story about a shy teenager and a party of supernatural women.
LibraryThing member lissabeth21
Completely amazing...conceptually masterful....dazzlingly beautiful. Intergalactic tourism...The description of "world" from that perspective, the hint of Atlantians, the spiritual/angel/demon inferences.... I'll be thinking about this gem for a long time.


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