Cuddling up with Neil Gaiman
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.