Psycho weirdness: a fanblog post.

As some of you may know, I ❤ Neil Gaiman and have done so ever since I saw/heard him speak at a library conference in about 2002*. He is thoughtful, kind, brilliant, and a marvelous writer. Plus, although he is British he lives only about 90 miles south of me in a gorgeous old Addams Family-type house that looks like it should be haunted.

He has a lamppost, straight out of Narnia, in his woods.

I read his blogs, both the one on his website and the one on Tumblr. I follow him and Amanda Palmer on Twitter. Does that make me a stalker? Maybe, but I prefer to think of it as being A Dedicated Fan. 

If you have never heard of Neil Gaiman, here is a long clip of him on Craig Ferguson's show last June:

As much as I admire him, though, I have a hard time reading his books. I can listen to them on audio, especially when he reads them. (If you haven't listened to The Graveyard Book, I direct you to acquire the audio version forthwith and listen.) Except for Stardust and Neverwhere; those two are much gentler books. I struggled through American Gods a number of years ago. This year is the tenth anniversary of its publication, and there was a bit of hoopla about it, including a special tenth anniversary edition with 12,000 additional words. I chose American Gods for my book in my book group's November read. We all agreed that it is a strange, many-layered book, and one that we all found intriguing.

Gaiman is also very, very weird, and I mean that in the best possible way.

From An Evening With Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer:

* After he spoke, my librarian friend and I ambushed him in the hall. She put her arm around him and I snapped a photo. Flashed it right in his face. She has the photo in her office, and I cringe every time I see it, remembering how rude we were to get it. He was far more gracious than we had any right to expect.

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0 Responses to Psycho weirdness: a fanblog post.

  1. Kym says:

    I, too, love Neil Gaiman. Although. . . I don’t believe I’m quite as dedicated a follower as you! 🙂

  2. Chris says:

    I love the whole Narnian lamp post thing. 🙂 I follow him on tumblr, which tends to have tons more little updates than his blog.

  3. Carrie#K says:

    I love the Narnian lamppost! And the elven pictures.
    American Gods may be the only Neil Gaiman book I’ve read. I loved it.

  4. gayle says:

    I heart him, too. 8)
    I love all his books, but I think ‘Anansi Boys’ is my favorite.
    (Or maybe ‘Neverwhere’.) (It’s hard to choose.)
    And then there’s ‘Good Omens’, written with Terry Pratchett, which is one of my favorite books of all time…

  5. bullwinkle says:

    O.k. I love his lamppost (and his dogs) and I’ve read his books but … that’s as far as it goes.

  6. Mary Lou says:

    I must try the audio books, I heard him on To The Best of Our Knowledge and loved hearing him talk about American Gods, even though I had trouble reading it.

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