I’d never read this one before. Maybe because I wasn’t an Alice Cooper fan or because I didn’t really know of Neil Gaiman when this was originally released. Now that I have read it, I think it’s fair to say that this isn’t Gaiman’s best work but it’s not bad either. It doesn’t require you be a fan of Alice Cooper, though that might help some. It’s the kind of story you read just before Halloween. A mysterious theater appears in town, threatening to take make Steven a part of its show--forever. Teased by his friends. Taunted by the Showman. Steven is stuck trying to figure this game out on his own (with a little assistance from a nice old librarian).
The last 30-40% is actually not the story, but the making of the story. The letters and scripts and early b&w art.
For fans of any/all involved, I’d say this is a solid 4 stars. For the average person who knows nothing about any involved (do those people exist?), it’s probably more like a 3 star book.
* Disclaimer: I received this book at no cost in order to review it. I offered no guarantee of a positive review, though I only request books I think I'll like because why read a book you think you’ll hate?