Cuddling up with Neil Gaiman

NeverwhereThe last few days of my Mexican sojourn I was sick sick sick. The worst throat/cold/chest thing I’ve had since the 80s. I was–gasp!–too sick to read.

So imagine my delight (or at least a slight feeling of not-dying) when someone posted a link to a radio-play version by the BBC of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere. From the i09 site: “Neil Gaiman has assembled a dream cast together to create a radio play of his wonderful urban fantasy Neverwhere. This talent comes straight out of the heavens and includes Benedict Cumberbatch, James McAvoy, Anthony Stewart Head, David Harewood, Christopher Lee, and Natalie Dormer. It’s just perfect.”

That kept up my will to live for a couple of days, then I found that all of The Graveyard Book was available as well.

I own and had read both books before, but I loved hearing them again. To me, the Graveyard Book is one of the best examples of:

a) beautiful, lyrical, literary writing used to tell a “commercial fiction” story (take that, literary snobs),

b) the successful intertwining of humor and horror to tell a compelling, character-driven tale,

c) tight, tight writing. While it seems to be just the story of a boy growing up–then this happened, then this, then this–every single thing actually has a purpose and it all twists ’round on itself as the book winds up the action.

With many hours of Neil’s soothing (and sexy) voice, I might just find the will to live.



About Gina X. Grant

Gina X. Grant writes ingenious plotlines with twists, turns and sometimes magic. She is represented by Rosemary Stimola, the agent who also represents the Hunger Games series. Gina’s RELUCTANT REAPER trilogy is available from Simon and Schuster’s Pocket Star imprint. She lives in Toronto, Canada, just blocks from the house she grew up in. She’s married to a friendly curmudgeon from a mining town in Northern Ontario. They have one rescued hound, Storm, named for Gina’s other pen name. Storm Grant—the writer, not the hound dog—writes engaging action adventure with two heroes. Since 2007, she has published with a variety of e-publishers and more recently, self-publishes. Gina’s and Storm’s books are available at all your favorite etailers, such as Amazon, Kobo and iTunes. Visit or to find out more.

Posted on March 26, 2013, in real life, update, Writing and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Geez, you had to go on vacation to get sick, when you could have done it perfectly well at home? You need to plan these things better! 😛

    Isn’t the Neverwhere adaptation wonderful? Can’t wait for the next episode! 🙂

    Oh, and – feel better! *cautious hugs*

  2. That’s fantastic, one of my favourite books. Checking out… 🙂

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