September 2008

Oooh shiny!Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere is available online for free! It’s for a limited time only, so hurry if you want to download it or read it online. USA Today describes it as “Delightful…Inventively horrific…[It] draws equally from George Lucas, Monty Python, Doctor Who, and John Milton… The chimerical stuff of nightmare and daydream.” I love it. Croup and Vandemar are such memorable villains, and the world of London Below is fascinating. The only thing I don’t like about it is that I get a bit tired of reading in books like this by English writers how wonderful London is. Don’t get me wrong, it is an interesting place, but there are other cities which are just as full of quirky little bits of history and narrative possibilities and it would be nice to hear about some of them for a change.

Gaiman’s new novel, The Graveyard Book comes out next Tuesday. Apparently it’s a homage to The Jungle Book, which appeals to me since I loved Kipling as a child. I’m also a major Gaiman fan, having devoured the Sandman series and his novels. It’s a wonder I get any writing done at all when there are so many good books in the world to read.

I’ve added Chris Reed’s blog to my blogroll, because I find it inspiring to see how many stories and submissions a person can actually get through if he or she doesn’t muck about and procrastinate as much as I do.