I have not always been a Neil Gaiman fan. It took me a while to discover his immense talent and wisdom,. And I have to say it all started with Fortunately the Milk, which I absolutely adore. But this is not about Fortunately the Milk.
Gaiman’s Newberry Award winning book The Graveyard held less appeal for me. The idea of a boy who lived in a graveyard did not seem like my kind of story. I have to admit that based on new information, I think I’m going to check it out, now.
But, this isn’t about The Graveyard, either.
For my birthday,I was lucky enough to score a copy of The View From the Cheap Seats. Seldom does a book provide as much enrichment for the soul and inspiration for the Muse. There are endless quotable nuggets in this collection of brilliant speeches, many of which will no doubt, show up in my blogging about the imagination. Humourous and intelligent. Witty and poignant. The View from the Cheap Seats is about what Neil Gaiman thinks and believes and cares about. And because he is very wise, it’s well worth knowing what he thinks and believes and cares about, especially when it comes to the world stories and reading and imagining.
If you are a writer, a reader, a librarian, a teacher, or just someone who cares about the future of humanity, you’ll appreciate what he has to say, and maybe even be inspired!