Sunday, May 5, 2013

Neil Gaiman's New Book

I don't recall if I've mentioned this before on the site, but one of my favorite authors is Neil Gaiman. That might be apparent from my writing, which I like to think of as somewhat whimsical and subtly mystical. I would put him up in the top two in a list titled, Author's That Made Me Want To Write (The other author would be Patrick Rothfuss, if you're wondering). 

The first Gaiman book I read was Neverwhere, which is an amazing novel. I just graduated college and I figured I should be reading "smart people books" that my foolish high school and college teachers forgot to assign. So I started reading American Lit  Classics like The Great Gatsby and The Sun Also Rises and The Catcher in the Rye. After reading these books, I grew more and more disappointed, because I didn't care much for them. I wondered if something was wrong with me, that I wasn't overcome with awe at the genius of these great works. I just wanted to go back to the books I loved growing up, like The Chronicles of Narnia, The Golden Compass series, Harry Potter, Redwall, etc. But those were books about talking animals and fantastical places made for kids, and I was a college graduate and should be beyond that . . . right?

Luckily, it was around this time that I read two of the most influential books in my writing life. The first, The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss, reminded me that, indeed, I did love reading. The second, Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman, made it clear to me that I wanted to be an author. I had always dabbled with the daydream of authorship, but that was the book that solidified the desire within me. 

After that I've read as much as I can by the two authors; which isn't hard for Patrick Rothfuss, and is much more of a task for Mr. Gaiman. Currently I am reading Smoke and Mirrors by Gaiman, a collection of short stories and poems. It's the last book by him that I haven't read (wait—just remembered I need to read Anansi Boys). 

So, needless to say, I am SUPER pumped about the release of his new book, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, due this June. I even went as far as to pre-order a signed copy, which you can do too. They won't be super rare, because he's signing ten thousand for this pre-order, but it also wasn't that expensive, and I really hope to get one of these . . . more interesting autographs.


(Gaiman autographs galore)

Apparently, his pen leaked through several pages, and this is how he remedied the situation. I think it's hilarious. 

I'll put up an entry during the summer after reading the book, and perhaps a picture of me next to his autograph. Yeah, I'm that big of a fan. It's kinda creepy, I know. 

Until later, 

-Daniel