OK, total change of gears here. If you haven’t already, and if you are into quality reading at all, you need to pick up something by Neil Gaiman. Niel Gaiman is the mind behind the recent movies “Stardust” and “Beowulf“. He is also the author of such great books as Neverwhere: A Novel, Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, and American Gods: A Novel.
I have been on something of a Gaiman kick recently. I have read two of his book and am into a third with a fourth waiting. I have also watched “Stardust” as well as the two DVD set of the BBC mini-series of Neverwhere, and the movie “Mirrormask” that he did with Henson Studios. (Side note, Jim Henson is one of my all time heroes.) I think there was something else in there as well, but I can’t remember what. simply put, Gaiman’s combination of vivid imagination, humor, and keen human insight have me hooked. As soon as I get a chance I am also going to go back and try to get the graphic novel series of The Absolute Sandman, Vol. 2.
Trust me, if you haven’t seen or read any of these check them out. Get them from your local library, order them from Amazon, or support your local book and video store. Whatever you do, just give them a try. And please, let me know what you think of Gaiman’s stuff. I sure hope I am not the only one who thinks this is the best stuff I have come across in years.