Thursday, 23 March 2017

The View from the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman

“I believe that in the battle between guns and ideas, ideas will, eventually, win. Because the ideas are invisible, and they linger, and, sometimes, they can even be true.”

How can I express my rapture for the voice of Mr Neil Gaiman. I gravitate towards his work like Pooh chases honey and as such, some of the pieces included within this collection of his non-fiction musings (speeches, reviews, introductions) on a number of topics were rather familiar to me. That is in no way to detract from my unadulterated affection for its content. Gaiman has the ability to make words sing. I am profoundly jealous the way he wields simple words with the kind of deft skill that can just as easily make me smile or cry. His wife is similarly infinitely talented; they must be the most intimidating couple to meet, but I’d love to.

I digress with my ‘fan-girling’ and should get back to the book, because if you’re still reading, I assume that’s what you came here for. Happily it’s a rather large volume that promises to take you on a wide variety of journeys. From comic book heroes to fairy tales, from science fiction to pornography, the subject matter is wide, diverse and intriguing.
After reading this, my aim in life is to write a novel and have Neil Gaiman write the introduction - that would be possibly the most life affirming circumstances this pea brain can envisage.

Rather than go on about the detail. I suggest you get yourself a copy and discover this joyous collection of words for your own enjoyment.

5 out of 5 myth, legend and fantastical, fabulous sentences.

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