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The View from the Cheap Seats
The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction | Neil Gaiman
An enthralling collection of nonfiction essays on a myriad of topicsfrom art and artists to dreams, myths, and memoriesobserved in #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaimans probing, amusing, and distinctive style.An inquisitive observer, thoughtful commentator, and assiduous craftsman, Neil Gaiman has long been celebrated for the sharp intellect and startling imagination that informs his bestselling fiction. Now, The View from the Cheap Seats brings together for the first time ever more than sixty pieces of his outstanding nonfiction. Analytical yet playful, erudite yet accessible, this cornucopia explores a broad range of interests and topics, including (but not limited to): authors past and present; music; storytelling; comics; bookshops; travel; fairy tales; America; inspiration; libraries; ghosts; and the title piece, at turns touching and self-deprecating, which recounts the authors experiences at the 2010 Academy Awards in Hollywood.Insightful, incisive, witty, and wise, The View from the Cheap Seats explores the issues and subjects that matter most to Neil Gaimanoffering a glimpse into the head and heart of one of the most acclaimed, beloved, and influential artists of our time.
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mariaku21
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Sitting on my TBR since late 2016, I finally got to this!⁠

I love that Neil read this as I was able to hear through his voice, the laughter and warmth during his funny moments, the wistfulness and sadness in others, a bit of anger in others as he reads through the various words and it feels as though in doing so, he hits upon different moments and thoughts and even reminisces a little himself.⁠

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jdiehr
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If I were to divide this book into 3 parts, I would say I loved the first third and the last third and slogged through the middle.

I love how Gaiman describes the importance of art and words and books and storytelling. I also thoroughly enjoyed the parts about his wife, Amanda Palmer.

But all of the speeches and introductions about people I know nothing about got long. However - I did Google a couple of then which would make Gaiman happy I think

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jdiehr
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A beautiful post-rain #audiowalk this morning

Cathythoughts Beautiful 2mo
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daniwithtea
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This was me as a kid, 100%. I read A Clockwork Orange and One Flew Over the Cuckoo‘s Nest when I was in elementary school because I found them in a box in the basement, along with a weird horror book about dancers being murdered.

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sidherinn

While I didn‘t love everything in this book, it was worth it just for the inclusion of his lecture on the power of libraries & imagination. Particularly appropriate now, when school districts & counties are voting to remove libraries from school. I just found out the district I live in was one (ONE!) vote away from removing libraries, not from high schools, not from middle schools, but elementary schools! It‘s a nightmare, only we are living it.

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cariashley
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I‘ve always been mixed on Gaiman, and while this started off strong it really dragged in the middle for me. The endless intros to other writers who were obscure to me could have been interesting but it was too much. I could have done with about half the length. I‘m just not into the particular brand of sci fi and comics that Gaiman loves, though I appreciate his passion.

monalyisha Bummer! I‘m wondering which Gaiman books you‘ve read? I‘ve surprised myself by not digging a few of his titles, but some of his others are literally some of my absolute favorite books. 3mo
cariashley @monalyisha I just checked and actually have given just as many 4 star as 3 star ratings to his books! He‘s never been 5 stars for me though. I really liked American Gods and The Graveyard Book, liked The Ocean..., and thought Stardust, Trigger Warning and Neverwhere were ok. Which are your faves? 3mo
monalyisha @cariashley That sounds like a totally fair shot! I count both “American Gods” & “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” among my favorite books. I didn‘t really dig “Neverwhere” & that‘s always a fan fave. 🤷‍♀️ 3mo
cariashley @monalyisha we‘re pretty similar then! You should read Graveyard Book, it‘s great on audio! 3mo
Zelma I liked this one but more as a book to dip in and out of. I didn‘t read the whole thing either. (edited) 3mo
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cariashley
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View from my #audiorun today! Really hot and sweaty but I still did 3 miles at around 9:12 per mile, which is really good for me. 🏃‍♀️ I‘ve had this audiobook forever but was never inclined to start it until now, and I‘m not sure why. It‘s an absolute delight!

Hoopiefoot That‘s such a pretty view for a run! 3mo
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KathyWheeler
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Even though I have this book in print, I checked the audiobook out from the library because I haven‘t read it yet, and I felt like listening to Neil Gaiman‘s voice. Goodnight, y‘all.

JaclynW Listening to Neil Gaiman's voice is always a wonderful idea! 😍 4mo
KathyWheeler @JaclynW True. 😊 4mo
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CatGV
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I believe that even though his fiction style doesn't appeal to me, he has a few things to teach me about writing. There were few essays about the writing world. Though, I enjoyed it greatly! His nonfiction is excellent! It's honest, straightforward, vulnerable and funny. It's charming in his own way. It was fun to see what made up this author and he got us close to several celebrities in different fields. It was like a “behind-the-scenes“ view.

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pilardib
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Happy Easter! I hope your reading plans for tbe weekend weren't ruined like mine were. At least I did get to eat lots of chocolate!!! 😄

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JuliaTheBookNerd
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Totally just realized I am a day ahead 😬🤷🏻‍♀️ #MyBad #LoveYourLibrarian 📚 #SpringIntoReading 🐇🌸📖

#BookNerd 💙📚🤓

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 6mo
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KathyWheeler
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Still my favorite National Library Week quote.

vumblereads 🧡 6mo
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pilardib
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I love when writers/musicians talk about the people and books that inspired them even though it's rarely something I'd read 😋

LaLecture I like that too! Sometimes it makes me want to read the books mentioned :). 7mo
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Bookwormjillk
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It‘s been such a crazy day I didn‘t get to post about my #litsywalk from this morning. I needed a break from JANE Austen so I switched to Neil Gaiman.

britt_brooke I loved this on audio! I‘m not a huge fan of his fiction, but I loved these nonfiction pieces. 7mo
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madamereadsalot1
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pilardib
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"You're also finding out something as you read that will be vitally important for making your way in this world: the world doesn't have to be like this. Things can be different".

I'm reading one chapter a day. Gaiman's words and thoughts will resonate with anyone who has a passion for books.

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AutumnRLS
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Continuing to de-clutter the library (former mudroom/dog space). There will be shelves on either side of the fireplace once my husband finishes the built-ins. (He's currently in the shop gluing and sanding!!!) Also, the love seat is temporary until I can afford the chair /fold-out single bed I want to put in here.

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Spencer_Labbe
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WOW! I've been so busy with editing and editors and planning some upcoming signings I haven't been able to post at all! But I've been able to find some time to read!

This book/audiobook is amazing! Any writers out there who can't afford his masterclass should definitely check out this audiobook! There is so much good advice boiled into his speeches, and so much inspiration! It's a must read!

AutumnRLS I'm about 1/4 of the way through and have been reading a couple essays in between other books. I find this gives me time to think about each one individually so they don't all run together. Just love him! 8mo
Spencer_Labbe @AutumnRLS It's long but so worth it! He is a wealth of knowledge and experience! 8mo
Suet624 Loved this book. (edited) 8mo
Spencer_Labbe @Suet624 Me too! It reminded me why I wanted to write in the first place, and why I love reading! So much knowledge in that man‘s brain. 8mo
Suet624 @Spencer_Labbe Exactly! 8mo
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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This collection of personal essays, thoughtful speeches, literary introductions, & much more is so satisfying. Gaiman‘s personality really shows through, especially on audio. He has an utterly contagious passion for art. Admittedly, I‘m not a huge fan of his novels (except Norse Mythology 💚). It‘s largely a genre thing with me. I‘ve realized I‘m a Gaiman fan even if I don‘t love all of his work, though I do vow to try again some time.

Elma I need to get this one for my husband. He's obsessed with Neil Gaiman and short stories right now. 9mo
britt_brooke @Elma This would be perfect then! I borrowed the audio from NPL via Libby. 9mo
RainyDayReading I‘m not a huge fan of his novels either, something about the writing style doesn‘t click with me. But I love his Sandman graphic novels! 9mo
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britt_brooke @RainyDayReading I‘m not a fan of the style either. And this is nit picky, but I can‘t stand his character names (Shadow, Door, Fat Charlie, etc). I‘m planning to try Sandman, so that‘s good to know - thanks! 9mo
sk888888 Not a big Gaiman fan, I keep trying... but I really loved this book. 9mo
ShelleyBooksie Norse Mythology is awesome is audiobook and is free on his website 9mo
Leftcoastzen This was so fun to read, love his quirky style . 9mo
Lesliereads I‘ve only read American Gods which I was not a fan of; maybe I‘ll try his essays. 9mo
britt_brooke @Lesliereads I wasn‘t a fan of American Gods, Neverwhere, or Anansi Boys. I tried. 😆 I do, however, recommend Norse Mythology if that topic interests you at all. It was really enjoyable. These essays are great, too. 💚 9mo
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britt_brooke
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▶️🎧

I‘m not generally a fan of Gaiman‘s fiction (with the exception of Norse Mythology 💚), but I‘m enjoying this nonfiction collection immensely!

Daisey I haven‘t read much of his fiction, but I tend to agree with you. 9mo
britt_brooke @Daisey I can‘t stand his character names which I know is really nit picky. Urban fantasy is just not my thing, either. 9mo
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AutumnRLS
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Books I bought myself for Christmas!

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Victoriahoperose
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I love Neil Gaiman. This was a really great nonfiction collection on his writing and other writers and bits of his life. Very enjoyable on audio as well!

BarbaraTheBibliophage I listened to this and loved it. Got the hardback at a library book sale too! 10mo
Victoriahoperose @BarbaraTheBibliophage that‘s awesome! He‘s got a great voice to listen to. I definitely enjoyed it! 10mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Yeah, he could read me the phone book and I‘d be happy! 10mo
Victoriahoperose @BarbaraTheBibliophage agreed 😂😂😂😂 10mo
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KarenUK
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@Cinfhen @Billypar #NoFemmeber
“Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it.Make your mistakes, next year and #forever.”
― Neil Gaiman

Loved this book of essays on audio.... Neil has the best voice! And he‘s so passionate about all things bookish and cultural, it was such a fun listen 🎧💕

Cinfhen Sooooo good, Karen!! Love it 💕 11mo
Nute yes! Yes! YES!🧡 11mo
Billypar Such good advice! Love the drawing also 😃 11mo
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Ericalambbrown
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I really enjoyed this book. I read some, listened some. The audiobook is fantastic - Mr Gaiman is a beautiful narrator. I added some new-to-me authors to my list to check out. His interpretation of his interview with Lou Reed is a glorious little treat I didn‘t expect and is so worth a listen to if you are a fan of either. If you love Gaiman as much as I do, boys and girls, I doubt you‘ll be disappointed.

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Ericalambbrown
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Ooooooffffff. “. . . private prisons - a huge growth industry in America.” 😢 This passage comes from a talk Mr Gaiman gave on the importance of libraries and literacy to society. Fantastic collection of essays so far.

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The.Intentional.Reader
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Great thoughts by a master of the craft

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Rudis
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#readingresolutions #celebrityauthor This might be a stretch, but I feel like Gaiman has become a celebrity through his work, so it fits.

ShelleyBooksie Ive been wanting to read this! I look forward to your review. 13mo
Rudis @ShelleyBooksie I actually read it a few years ago, and I loved it! 13mo
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TK-421
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“...the best advice I'd been given...came from Stephen King...at the height of the success of Sandman....he saw a madness, the long signing lines, all that, and his advice was this:

"This is really great. You should enjoy it."

And I didn't. Best advice I got that I ignored. Instead...I worried about the next deadline, the next idea, the next story. And I didn't stop and look around...I wish I'd enjoyed it more. It's been an amazing ride. ?

TK-421 But there were parts of the ride I missed, because I was too worried about things going wrong, about what came next, to enjoy the bit I was on. That was the hardest lesson for me, I think: to let go and enjoy the ride, because the ride takes you to some remarkable and unexpected places.” #Relax #QuotsyAug18 #QuotsyCatchup 14mo
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Seshat

"And this [believing in the Oxfordian conspiracy re Shakespeare] is chiefly a source of puzzlement to me because the British aristocracy, while it has produced more than its share of hunters, eccentrics, farmers, warriors, diplomats, con men, heroes, robbers, politicians and monsters, has never been noted in any century or era for the production of great writers."

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Vicki22
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I‘m excited to start this. Conditions are perfect for a great nights reading, it‘s pouring with rain outside and I‘m snug in my pyjamas feeling very cosy 🌧😊

vkois88 Sounds like a good night!! Welcome to our #LitsyFamily ❤ ❤ ❤ 1y
Vicki22 @vkois88 Yes, it was a good time, and the book is as good as I suspected it would be!Thanks for the welcome 😊 1y
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CherryPie
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Taking my time with this one. I haven't enjoyed speech collections since the nineties (Bertrand Russell).

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Maike
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I‘d really love to see that performance 😂

CindyE09 😂😂😂 1y
minkyb Me too! 1y
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pilardib
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I'm trying to decide my next read 🤔 any suggestions?

Zelma The Neil Gaiman works in bits and pieces, not as something to read through like a novel. 1y
pilardib @Zelma thank you! I'll keep that in mind! 1y
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merelybookish
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FYI Denver folks. This is happening in November. I just bought two tickets. My husband is a big fan and I expect he's entertaining live.

DebBates101 Nice!!! I am a huge Tori Amos fan and learned of Gaiman in 91 from her reference to him on her album. I FINALLY read one of his novels just a couple weeks ago. I hope you both enjoy the event! 1y
vivastory He's going to be at the Lied Center KU November 19. A free event. I wander how early I'd need to get there...🤔 1y
DeborahSmall @vivastory I‘d be there a week early at least! 1y
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vivastory @DeborahSmall 😂 I'd gladly stand in line for hours to see Gaimain! 1y
merelybookish @vivastory Definitely not free here. 😯💸💸 You might need to.spend the night in Lawrence. 1y
vivastory When I saw George Saunders at the plaza library (a free event), people arrived almost 90 minutes beforehand. I'd think if I was at the lied at least 5 or 6 hours before I'd get a seat. Have you been in the Lied? I'm not sure how big it is. 1y
merelybookish @vivastory I was there once a long time ago. I saw John Prine. It's on the KU campus right? Im terrible at guessing but a midsize theatre I think...probably can check capacity online. 1y
merelybookish @DebBates101 Thanks! I've only read one of his books as well. But I know he's a good raconteur. So I'm sure it will be good. 1y
DebBates101 @merelybookish In what part of denver do u live? I lived in the tech center and then westminster. Miss it like crazy! 1y
merelybookish @DebBates101 I'm in Lakewood. We've been here about a year. Where do you live now? 1y
DebBates101 @merelybookish I moved back to St Louis where my family is 1y
merelybookish @DebBates101 We moved to CO from Kansas City 😉 1y
DebBates101 @merelybookish awww! The Kansas side or Mo side? How long have u been in Colo? 1y
merelybookish @DebBates101 MO side. We moved to CO last year. Still adjusting. 1y
DebBates101 @merelybookish I hope u find that u love it as much as I did. I never would have left but some things came up and I had to be close to family. Maybe I will move back one day... 1y
KimHM OMG @vivastory I am sooooo excited to hear this!!! I‘ve been a fan since American Gods first came out. I am so there! 1y
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wanderinglynn
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Despite the fact I can read for hours & hours on end, I have a hard time doing audiobooks - I space out. But I could listen to Neil Gaiman read the phone book.

I got to see him last summer at Wolf Trap. He was, in a word, phenomenal. (Wish my photography skills were better.)

I will buy a physical copy of this book because as I‘m listening, I find myself wanting to flag and underline so many passages. Love Gaiman.

ptkpepe98 His voice is delicious, isn't it? 1y
wanderinglynn @ptkpepe98 Yes, love his voice. 1y
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wanderinglynn
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#TrivialThursday
1. I actually just got a library membership (after living here 2.5 years). 😉 So I‘m trying to do better about going to the library.
2. Can this trip involve time travel? Because if so, the Library at Alexandria.
3. Neil Gaiman‘s View From the Cheap Seats
4. I don‘t remember the exact age, but I was in elementary school. 😀

GarthRanzz Alexandria actually has a new library that the world is helping build. But I would love to have seen the original! Have you ever read 2y
wanderinglynn @GarthRanzz I have not but it‘s on my tbr! 😀 2y
GarthRanzz If I can‘t go to Hogwarts I kind of want to go to that book‘s universe. Just for the library. 😊 2y
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wanderinglynn @GarthRanzz And now I‘m completely intrigued! So I will move that up to the top of the tbr pile. 2y
GarthRanzz Book one is so good! One of my all time favourites. Book two kind of stumbled but number three was back on track. Excited for book four in...82 days! 2y
GarthRanzz I actually got talking to a few others tonight after thinking about the upcoming fourth book and we‘re going to do a buddy read starting next month if you‘re interested. 2y
wanderinglynn @GarthRanzz Well then, I‘ll have to get to my local library this weekend & see about reading books 1-3 so I‘ll be ready for book 4! 😀 2y
bibliophiliac Visiting the Library at Alexandria would be amazing! 2y
wanderinglynn @bibliophiliac Yes! If only we had a time machine... 😉 2y
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Craftylikefox
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1. Neil Gaiman
2. The Devil makes Three
3. Tea!
#trivialthursday

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Beachesnbooks
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Currently listening to this on audio and loving it. I've read a lot of Gaiman and almost always enjoy him, and it's so nice to hear his thoughts on books and reading and writing.

GrilledCheeseSamurai Yaaaaas! Gaiman! 🤩 2y
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Rudis
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#readingresolutions #famous Neil Gaiman is one of the most famous authors that I can think of, and for good reason!

laurenbescoby He's one of my favourites! ❤ 2y
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peacegypsy
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So much brilliance in this book. E.g., “You have the ability to make art. And for me, and for so many of the people I have known, that‘s been a lifesaver. The ultimate lifesaver.” Gaiman‘s voice of encouragement is heartening, to say the least. 🌷🌺🌸🍀

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WanderingBookaneer
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#MiaCat had a rough time at the vet yesterday. He is pictured lounging on the table where I will sort some books. #CatsOfLitsy #CatsAndStacks

Branwen Awwww! Hope he's doing okay now! 😽💟 2y
CouronneDhiver Poor baby. Everything ok now? 2y
WanderingBookaneer @CouronneDhiver & @Branwen : We are moving to the U.S. soon and he needed his shots. 2y
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Leftcoastzen Oh so sweet,going to the vet sucks. 2y
rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 2y
MicheleinPhilly Big news! Where are you moving? 2y
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Suet624
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It‘s a black and white kind of day. Listening to Gaiman‘s voice as I walk the rail trail, among the tall trees, the occasional cross country skier and the surprisingly quiet snowmobiler, is therapeutic.

Blueberry 2y
BookMaven407 💙 2y
Leftcoastzen Loved this book!His wide interests, his respect for other artists, and his humor,so much fun. 2y
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Lmstraubie I just relaxed a smidge reading your description. 😊 2y
Suet624 @Lmstraubie oh, I‘m so happy to hear that. 2y
Zelma Just gorgeous scenery! 2y
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Linsy
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Buy one, get one at my favorite used book store today. Oh, Pioneer Book, how I love you!
#usedbooks #bookstore #shelfie #marchinbooks

Drnkpnkprincess Oh gessh! dangerous!! #superjealous 2y
maich Perfection❤ 2y
kyraleseberg We're visiting this summer and I'm going to have to stop by here (and see you too!!!!!!) (edited) 2y
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Linsy @kyraleseberg I can‘t wait to see you again!!!!! Yes, we will definitely have to book shop together. There are lots of great places in Salt Lake as well. Oh, and so many great food places! So much to share. How long are you staying?? (edited) 2y
kyraleseberg @Linsy I'm so excited! We'll be there a week and it looks like it'll be July. I'll text you when I have all the details! I'm excited to see your sweet little family- and to meet baby James!!! 😍 2y
Linsy @kyraleseberg Yay!! I can‘t wait for you to meet him either! I‘ll make sure to keep July open. You‘re coming with Haven too, right? (edited) 2y
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BookladyOnTheMove
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This arrived! I can't wait for March 15th! @inwhichHeikereadsharder #2018NFBE

NCNY Yay! That's from me! Hope your like what's inside! 2y
BookladyOnTheMove Thank you! Thank you! @NCNY! I CAN'T WAIT TO OPEN IT. 2y
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wen4blu
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Heading out in the storm aftermath and taking Neil along for the ride.

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erzascarletbookgasm
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#emojimadness #📝
This book touches on the importance of bookshops, libraries, fairy tales, authors, comics..etc. “It‘s a collection of my nonfiction. It‘s not every speech, introduction or article I‘ve written, but it‘s all the speeches that seemed important, all the articles I was still proud of, all the introductions that seemed to be about something bigger than just telling people about the book or author they were going to read.” Gaiman.

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GrilledCheeseSamurai
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@TricksyTails your #giveaway for #RatBastardsNeedLoveToo came in today! Talk about a haul! 😍🤸‍♂️😍

I'm blown away! I've always wanted to read Clockwork Orange since I loved the movie so much & Gaiman is Gaiman & this is his only book I haven't read yet so heck ya! Two AWESOME Funko pops that were definitely on my wish list and a Game Of Thrones mug!

Thank you so much! Talk about a generous giveaway! ❤️

I'm speechless (which never happens). 😍

GrilledCheeseSamurai @TricksyTails Seriously. Speechless never happens to me. I don't even...I can't...words. Thank you so much. ❤️ 2y
TK421 That. Is. Awesome! 2y
LeahBergen Oooo! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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mabell Nice! 👍 2y
OrangeMooseReads Love the Alex funko! 2y
ErinSueMreads Such a fantastic gift! Good work @TricksyTails 2y
TricksyTails 👏☺️ Yayyyyyy!! I am so thrilled you‘re happy with it. So freaking stoked! Aww I‘m so happy! 😘♥️🤗 2y
TricksyTails @ErinSueG Thank you! I had way too much fun shopping for him. 2y
Zelma What fun gifts! Love the mug. 😍 2y
GrilledCheeseSamurai @Zelma Tyrion is my fav! 🤘 2y
GrilledCheeseSamurai @OrangeMooseReads Me tooooooo! 😍😍 2y
rohit-sawant How awesome! 2y
DGRachel That mug is awesome!! 2y
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