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Radio shows in which I answer quiz questions, sing, and tell the story of how I wrote OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE for Amanda are like buses. You wait for such a long time, and then two come along at once.

I love that two shows, recorded many weeks apart, went out at the same time. Quite literally. And many Public Radio stations put them out back to back. So it must have see... Read more of this blog post »
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"Two days ago I (thrillingly) got to see Neil Gaiman talk about his new book, billed by many in the run up to its publication as his best. This couldn't be entirely true, I thought. After all, he's written some real blinders in the past...Having ju..." Read more of this review »
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“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”
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“I've been making a list of the things they don't teach you at school. They don't teach you how to love somebody. They don't teach you how to be famous. They don't teach you how to be rich or how to be poor. They don't teach you how to walk away from someone you don't love any longer. They don't teach you how to know what's going on in someone else's mind. They don't teach you what to say to someone who's dying. They don't teach you anything worth knowing.”
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Snorkle Thanks for adding me as a friend.

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Pearl Thanks for adding me as your friend too.

message 3: by Sarah

Sarah Cheers for adding me, now I feel bad for not giving all your books five stars...! If I gave all of them five stars then I guess I couldn't point out the ones I loved the most!


Alex DeLarge Thank you for Hob Gadling.

message 5: by Nilam

Nilam Suri Hi Mr. Gaiman..

Your books are fabulous!!!

Any plan to come and visit Indonesia for book signing?*wishing to the fullest* ;D


Shrimp Hi Neil. Thanks for all the wonderful stories.

message 7: by Bob

Bob Cairns Thank you Neil for all the stories over the years, I'm so glad my mum told me to turn on BBC because 'one of those shows you like is starting tonight' and I saw Neverwhere.

Rachel McKinney Hello! Thank you so much for participating with all of us readers and dreamers and magic bean buyers.

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sarah Thanks for adding me back, Neil Gaiman!

message 10: by Valerie

Valerie McNamee Earl Thank you so much for adding me!
Hope you come to the Old Pueblo one of these days! We will be looking for you.
Love your stories so very much, and also your poem in The Green Man.

Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!* Oh wow. Hi! OMG this is so cool! XD I luv your book Coraline; it is one of the best books i have ever read, and that is saying a lot because i read a LOT! I'm Brigid. I'm fifteen. I read a ton and i'm also a writer. i've written two books (neither are published, but i'm trying...) wow, if u would even just GLANCE at the writing on my profile that would mean so much to me... even if u just read one sentence and then left a comment that was like 'this sucks!' i wouldn't even care... just so i could be like 'OMG! Neil Gaiman read my story!' XD okay, i know i'm just being annoying now so i'll go away...

message 12: by Vivian (last edited Jul 02, 2008 08:13AM)

Vivian Hello Mr. Gaiman,

Thanks for adding me. I just wanted to tell you that I’m having a blast reading your children’s books to my 7-year-old son; he really loves them. He even wants me to read aloud one of your short stories at his "Monster Sleepover Party."

Take care,

message 13: by Michael (last edited Aug 17, 2008 12:24AM)

Michael Bialys Thanks for the Add!

Loved Stardust!!!

message 14: by B.

B. You rock, Neil. I read Coraline to a classroom of K-3 kids and scared the hell outa them, much to their delight and their parents' horror. Glad to have you as a neighbor, in a manner of speaking. You are an amazing writer... I also loved Mirrormask.

message 15: by Blessimex (last edited Jul 15, 2008 12:12AM)

Blessimex Thanks for the add Neil. I've always been amazed at the imagination and creativity shown in your works. I hope to read more stuff from you in the future.

message 16: by Elaine

Elaine Thanks for adding me. :)

message 17: by Jessartisan (last edited Feb 25, 2009 03:40AM)

Jessartisan Hi, Neil. Thanks for adding me. I'm very much looking forward to The Graveyard Book. Thank you for all the great stories, past and future. ~ Jess from NY

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Megan Thanks for adding me back :D

message 19: by Jess

Jess Hello there and pleased to meetcha; I admire your work very much indeed. The Sue Hubbell collection looks interesting-- might have to check that out next. Good wishes. :)

message 20: by Ally (last edited Jul 18, 2008 09:42AM)

Ally Hi Neil! Thanks for the add! I really Love your writing! I'm in the middle of re-reading American Gods, so I can Finally read Anansi Boys, which I've been looking forward to for a while! Keep those creative juices flowing (and don't pull a Jordan)!

message 21: by Severa (last edited Feb 25, 2009 03:40AM)

Severa Hello Neil! I finished The Graveyard Book today! I loved it! I won a free advance reader's edition of it from a contest online.

message 22: by Miranda

Miranda Beck Thank you for the add. I just started reading Neverwhere again, it disappeared, perhaps to Baltimore below for a while.

message 23: by Jill (last edited Feb 25, 2009 03:40AM)

Jill Thanks for the add. Looking forward to The Graveyard Book .

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Kenji Hello Neil! Thanks for adding me.

Maybe you don't remember me, but last year September when you visited to Tokyo for signing, I was there.

Anyway, I'm waiting for Japanese edition AMERICAN GODS. I'm looking forward to reading it.

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Jersf Thanks for adding me! I have a friend who told me she rings up your groceries every month. She says you're very nice and that she enjoys talking to you.

I finally finished the entire Sandman series a month or two ago and have to say that it's the best thing I've ever read. The first five or six TPB volumes were just very good, but starting with the seventh it just started getting ridiculously better and better. I'd think it couldn't get any better and then it did. The tenth volume was a bit of a drop off, but that's just because of its place in the story arc.
My least favorite was probably volume six because it read like "Sandman's adventures in history" and got a little boring. The stories in it probably work better in the actual issue order so they're between other issues and not all at once. But I did love the last story in volume six and didn't mind reading it where it was. That and Ramadan are my favorite two in that volume.

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Garrett Cook Thanks for the add! I love Sandman and American Gods, and read the first volume of your Eternals run the other day. Incredibly cool, heavy stuff.

Carolina Hi Neil! Thanks for adding me.
I really like your work, but I would like to mention FRAGILE THINGS.
Everything in this book is special; "October in the chair" is perfect but I must confess that it is "Other People" the best short story that I've ever read in my life.
I'm looking forward to see Coralina in 3D too.
Please, keep doing this fantastic work for us :)

message 28: by M—

M— Thanks very much for the add! It's great to find you on Goodreads, and I'm very excited to see what books you might recommmend reading.

message 29: by Bradley

Bradley Thank you for allowing me the honour of being your friend. =)

message 31: by Noor

Noor Hello Neil,

Thank you for accepting my friend invitation!

I'm still fairly new to your writing, having only read 'Anansi Boys' and 'American Gods', but your wonderfully unique style has already turned me into a fan. :D Can't wait to read your other novels, as well as the Sandman comics.


Gothkitty Thank you for accepting my friend invitation. I love just about everything you write--but my favorite has always been "American Gods".

message 33: by Trina

Trina Hi Neil, thanks for the add a while back. I just started re-reading the Sandman comics for the third or fourth time, after getting them all back from a friend I loaned them to. So it seemed like a good time to say thank you for telling us all these wonderful stories, your writing is genius. And I love getting to see what my favorite author is currently reading (that would be you). Take care, sweet dreams.

message 34: by Kuba

Kuba Hey Neil!
I absolutely loved Neverwhere and Coraline! Also, your collection of short stories, Smoke and Mirrors, was a great read, lots of thoughtful tidbits in there.
Thanks for adding me!

message 35: by Ceci

Ceci Thanks so much for the add, Neil!! I love your works and my favorites are Coraline, Stardust, The Wolves in the Walls and Fragile Things. I'm really looking forward to the Graveyard Book and The Blueberry Girl.

Btw, your quotes are the very best anywhere, such magic and truth about them. Happy writing and reading, Neil! :)

message 36: by Jlynn

Jlynn Your books were some of the first I read when I started branching out from my traditional upbringing. Thanks for being a fantastic writer (and also for the introduction to Terry Pratchett via Good Omens. I am eternally grateful for that one.)

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Giacomo Thanks for the add!
"Death: the high cost of living" is one of the best things I've ever read. If you could have a penny for every minute of happiness given to people, you'd be richer than Bill Gates.

message 38: by Sean

Sean Thanks for the add Neil! Ever speak to Sam Keith anymore? You two should get together and do another project. :D

message 39: by César

César Thanks for adding me!

American Gods and Sandman are in my all time favourites (I'm finishing Kindly Ones)

message 40: by Lisa

Lisa Hendrix I write.

Someday, I hope to write as well as you--in my own voice of course, but with the same kind of strength and poetry and healthy irreverence.

Thanks for being an inspiration.

message 41: by Neil

Neil NOt sure if this is the right place to put this, but I just accidentally deleted two people I meant to accept as friends -- so if you've sent me a friend application and haven't heard anything back, please send it again...

Neil (in Turpan today)

message 42: by Tony

Tony Thank you for the friendship.
I've been a fan since the first issue of Sandman hit the comic shelf.
Now my son is reading "Interworld," so you have another fan.

message 43: by Jody (last edited Sep 05, 2008 12:27PM)

Jody Scott-Olson I was reading your quotes and got stuck on 2 tags at the bottom of the "Have you ever been in love..." quote. The two tags said, hate love but font was so small I couldn't see any punctuation... just muddle through.

Tag: hate love

message 44: by Julie

Julie Thanks for adding me as a friend, Neil. Even though i first heard about Sandman during the 1990s, i only started reading it in March this year (2008). (professional procrastinator). I have missed out on SO MUCH. Wow, can't wait to read more. Thankyou for writing such an interesting and delicious character!

I then went crazy finding books and stuff by "Neil Gaiman" and I really love "Mirrormask". Is that available as a text somewhere, or just on dvd. It's bloody fantastic. I now have "the wolves in the walls" "Preludes and Nocturnes" "The Witch's Headstone" in Dann & Dozois' Dark Alchemy, "Stardust" and "Coraline." Don't know where to start first. Happy as a pig in (slops)!

:) Julie

message 45: by Angela

Angela de Guerre Thank you for friending me back.

Reading books recommended by a fav author has to be a great way of finding new books to love :)

Somesuchlike Thank you so much for friending me back!

message 47: by Neil

Neil I've just read the comments.. thank you all, so much.

And you know about the free Neverwhere for 30 days, don't you?

for details.

hiilovemarkhoppus Hi Neil...

I just wanted to say you're a great author, and Stardust is my favorite book ever.
Do you ever think you're going to make the first book "wall"? I read some of it in the back of Stardust, and I was hooked!

Thanks for the add!


message 49: by Nancy

Nancy Thank you for adding me as a friend, and I just wanted to say that my favorite book of yours is Anansi Boys. I loved it. Looking forward to your future stories.


message 50: by anntok (last edited Feb 25, 2009 03:40AM)

anntok Hi Neil! Thanks for the add btw, I'm wondering, would you know when the Graveyard Book will be released in the Philippines? Also, will you be here for the
The 3rd Philippine Graphic Fiction Awards ? Thanks!

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