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Adventures in the Dream Trade by Neil Gaiman
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Dec 14, 11

bookshelves: text, non-fiction
Read in April, 2008

(Original review: http://hill-kleerup.org/blog/2008/04/...)

This is an odd little volume — odd in ways not the way you’d normally think of as a Gaiman book being odd — but quite enjoyable and eminently suited to small blocks of reading time.

Overall: Good
Writing: Good
Re-Readability: Good
Info: Faboo

This book is a collection of odds and ends. The first half or so is a collection of book introductions and afterwords and magazine articles written by Gaiman — all of which are entertaining, and all of which contain some interesting tidbit or twelve of info. Made me add a lot of books to my wish list.

That’s followed by some poetry and song lyrics, then the contents of Gaiman’s blog back when it was first started (2/9 – 9/27/2001) as a “here’s what life’s like waiting for American Gods to get published, and what sorts of things writers get/have to do besides just write.” It’s a fascinating look at book tours, signings, cover selections, galley proofs, differences between US and UK publishing, etc., and is worth the price of admission for anyone getting into the writing biz.

That’s followed by three ultra-short stories, and a small collection of “About the Author” blurbs, some (all?) of them written by Gaiman himself.

In short, it’s nothing like most of Gaiman’s works, but it remains a very personal work. And, as I said, one that’s very easy to put down and pick up again when one must/can.
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