Jun 292013

Neil Gaiman came to the Crystal Ballroom in Portland to promote “The Ocean at the End of the Lane”, his latest book. He spoke, read a chapter of the book, and then spent close to 4 hours signing books. What an enjoyable experience!

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  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman
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  • Book Info

    The Ocean at the End of the Lane
    by Neil Gaiman
    Publisher: William Morrow
    ISBN-10: 0062255657
    ISBN-13: 978-0062255655
    Started: 06/29/2013
    Finished: 07/17/2013
    Source: Author Book Signing
    Reason: Gaiman's newest book. Traveled to Portland with my son to see the author at the Crystal Ballroom.
    Format: Hardcover

    Publisher Synopsis

    A brilliantly imaginative and poignant fairy tale from the modern master of wonder and terror, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is Neil Gaiman’s first new novel for adults since his #1 New York Times bestseller Anansi Boys.

    This bewitching and harrowing tale of mystery and survival, and memory and magic, makes the impossible all too real

    Author Info
    I make things up and write them down. Which takes us from comics (like SANDMAN) to novels (like ANANSI BOYS and AMERICAN GODS) to short stories (some are collected in SMOKE AND MIRRORS) and to occasionally movies (like Dave McKean's MIRRORMASK or the NEVERWHERE TV series, or my own short film A SHORT FILM ABOUT JOHN BOLTON).

    Feb 082012

    Got a kick out of some of the answers Patrick Rothfuss, author of the ‘King Killer Trilogy’, gave in an interview on SFFWorld. I have read the first two books and am looking forward to the third.

    When asked if the “fantasy genre will ever come to be recognized as veritable literature?” Rothfuss’ response that many of the ‘classics’ are fantasy was something I had never considered:

    The lion’s share of old-school literature IS fantasy, they just pretend it isn’t. The Odyssey is full of gods and spells. Oedipus Rex has a sphinx and a prophecy. There are witches in Macbeth, faeries in Midsummer Night’s Dream, and a ghost in Hamlet. Dante’s Inferno? Beowulf? All looks like fantasy to me….

    As I try to read my way through the Pulitzer and Newbery award winners, I couldn’t agree more with his final conclusion:

    As far as having my book recognized as literature? [Pat shrugs] Why would I want that? I mean, have you read Great Expectations? Gech. Why would I want to invited into their little club? Give me Tim Powers and Phillip K Dick. Give me Le Guin, Gaiman, and Pratchett. Give me McKillip and Whedon. These are the storytellers. These are our modern mythmakers. Our oracles. Our dreamers. I want to be on that team.