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ISBN-13: 978-1886778429 ISBN-10: 1886778426 Edition: First Edition

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The heart of this predominantly nonfiction collection by the author of the graphic novel series Sandman, the all-prose fantasies Neverwhere (1997) and Stardust (1998), and lots of first-rate fantasy short stories is a Web log about publishing and publicizing his big novel American Gods [BKL My 15 01]. Regardless of what one thought about that book, the log is amusing, informative about the nuts-and-bolts of bringing a book from typescript to buyers' hands (signed by the author, yet!), and gratifying for the same reason that most of the shorter pieces here are: getting to know whom Gaiman admires among fellow fantasy, sf, and comics creators. Enthusiasm and humor are the key elements in the shorter stuff, which consists mostly of introductions to other writers and their books, gleaned from new editions and from such ephemeral sources as Readercon 11 Program Book (1999) and music-CD liners; genre fans will glean scads of reading recommendations from Gaiman's entertaining endorsements. Handfuls of poems, song lyrics, and short-short stories round out an altogether delightful book. Ray Olson
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This is a limited-edition of 2000 copies, published in conjunction with Boskone 39 (a Science Fiction convention in the Boston-area), as which Mr. Gaiman was Guest of Honor. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Boskone Books
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Nesfa Pr; First Edition edition (September 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1886778426
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886778429
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,066,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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).

In my spare time I read and sleep and eat and try to keep the blog at www.neilgaiman.com more or less up to date.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Bowman on August 17, 2003
Format: Paperback
A fascinating look at writing from a writer's perspective. While there are a few poems and stories, the book centers around essays, introductions, and a vast excerpt from his blog during his proofing/touring for American Gods. I found him witty, erudite, and always in a good humor about life. Most of all, on nearly every page I learned something new and interesting, about writing, publishing, traveling, or best of all, the many authors Gaiman knows. Far too many things I would like to mention than I ever can, but you can see for yourself: NeilGaiman.com, click on journal. All of the archives are there still, if you care to peruse.

what I found most interesting is that Gaiman, who admitted that he couldn't keep a journal and kept saying that it would only be going until the tour was over and the rest of the site was up, was thoroughly hooked by the end. ^_- He's still going very strong, and in fact, the entries are longer and more frequent than in the first few months.

I think Gaiman fascinates me so much because he keeps his wry outlook on everything around him, even when rushed and tired. I love storytellers, and he always finds a story to tell, always something (and when signing things for hundreds of fans, interesting is the word of the day) to relate for us, often strange and wonderous. He isn't the great explainer, like Asimov, but everything he touches seems steeped in history and mystery, and he can remind you of the magic and wonder in the world. Like his garden. ^_^ (Look in the blog for August 5 and September 2)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alisa Kester on June 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
The first third of this book is mainly introductions to other writers' books (which means I now have an even longer to-read list, because when Gaiman loves a book, he makes you want to love it too). But the largest and best section is the blog he kept just after writing American Gods, and it's very cool to read about the processes a writer goes through after he types 'the end' on his manuscript. From revising, to author photographs, to signing thousands of books, and touring - it answers all the questions you maybe never knew you had about the life of a writer.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Margaret M. Avis on January 9, 2007
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This book is very handy for the Neil Gaiman fan who doesn't want to collect every scrap that has his name on it; it does that for you! Various introductions, miscellaneous poems, and the American Gods web log are all compiled here so that we don't have to try to find it! It's interesting to see Neil's conversational tones and to get a glimpse of what he really finds worthwhile.
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5 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 30, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I'd love to read a weblog about Neil writing American Gods. How did he forge all those sources into a new story that feels true? But this is a weblog about an author going on tour. Honestly, who cares? Neil's a genius, but this is not what he's a genius for. Stick with the stories. Skip the blog.
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1 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 30, 2003
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I'd love to read a weblog about Neil writing American Gods. How did he forge all those sources into a new story that feels true? But this is a weblog about an author going on tour. Honestly, who cares? Neil's a genius, but this is not what he's a genius for. Stick with the stories. Skip the blog.
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