My book of the year

This one is a no brainer (as Kevin Bacon would say).

I enjoyed this book more than I can say. From the moment I picked it up, I was completely lost in this story.  No book has gripped me this way since The Graveyard Book.  Neil Gaiman has some serious, unrivalled storytelling talent.  This one was a long time in the making apparently, and the result is sheer, unadulterated magic. I won’t be reviewing the book.  For that, you can click here. All I will say is that I wish his publishers would stop bringing out special editions because a) I can’t afford them and b) they make my signed copy imported from the states seem less special edition-y!

Anyway, whatever country you’re in, whatever your cover might be… it is.  My book of 2013. If you haven’t read it yet – do.  You will not be sorry.

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Author of the day – Neil Gaiman

I won’t be making Author of the day posts every day….just naming my favourite author on any day that I can be bothered to blog 🙂

Neil Gaiman

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Is there anyone with a wilder imagination that Neil Gaiman? Probably.  Maybe people like Stephen King (legend), Clive Barker (a world woven into a rug? Obviously) and JK Rowling (I’ll forget the Casual Vacancy if you will).  But Neil Gaiman has just captured my imagination lately like no other writer.  I’ve read in very quick succession : Stardust, Coraline, The Graveyard Book, Anasi Boys and my next book all lined up on my Kindle ready to go is American Gods.

Anyone who has a section header on their website entitled Cool stuff & other things gets my vote. I know Neil writes for younger readers but I don’t really care – I am reading everything and anything I can get my grubby mitts on, and it all feels like it’s been written just for me. So far, The Graveyard Book has stuck with me the most and I am really hoping to see a movie of this….the potential for it to be good is really out there. I didn’t think they did too badly with the movies of Coraline and Stardust. Speaking of, I really need one (or all) of these:

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I would also love the Stardust Gift Edition, but at £163.99 I will need to win the lottery first.


Anyway, after being thoroughly dragged into the world of Neil Gaiman, I have resolved to read all of his books, somehow manage to get ahold of the book above, meet him and get  him to sign it.  After American Gods, I wonder what I should read next…?