Tagged with neil gaiman

My Summer Reading List

I have an ambitious reading list for this summer. Just like my dedication of two hours to write a day (or ten hours per week), I’m challenging myself to read for ninety minutes a day on Monday thru Wednesday plus Friday, or six hour a week. I tend to read 40 pages in an hour, … Continue reading

Books I gave, books I got

Merry Christmas, dear reader. Books I received as gifts: Best American Short Stories 2008 guest edited by Salman Rushdie The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien Books I gave as Christmas gifts: Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison American Gods by Neil Gaiman The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks 1957 by Pradt & … Continue reading

Your Friday Recommendation #32

Of the eleven people who will be at my pad for Christmas dinner, six are getting at least one book from me. Most of the remaining five have received a book or two from me at one point or another, and there are at least four other people I picked up a book to give … Continue reading

Your Friday Recommendation #25

Due to a hectic schedule this week, I’m only one-third of the way through Neil Gaiman’s latest, The Graveyard Book, yet I feel pretty confident recommending it. A toddler who comes to be named Nobody Owens wanders out of his home and into a graveyard on the night his family is slain by a mysterious … Continue reading

The Graveyard Book has arrived

Neil Gaiman writes some of my favorite stories, and his latest novel, The Graveyard Book, hits shelves and virtual shelves today. Advanced buzz on this one is good, so do yourself a favor and pick up a copy. Ooh, and look at this fancy counter his publisher has made for me to imbed into my … Continue reading

Your Friday Recommendation #10

In celebration of his blog’s seventh anniversary, Neil Gaiman has put up one of my favorite novels, American Gods, for free on the internet for the rest of the month. American Gods is one of those sprawling, epic tales that combines characterization, tone, and theme to bring everything together. A young man who goes by … Continue reading

Your Friday Recommendation #1

The first recommendation I have for you is the first story which made me sit up and take notice of good writing in a genre where I rarely took notice of the actual writing. I was a big superhero-based comic book fan for my middle school years, my favorite issues populated by gritty guys and … Continue reading

Discovering niche reading/writing websites: LibraryThing.

With so many websites out there celebrating reading and writing, two difficulties develop for two distinct groups. For users, it’s time-consuming, daunting, and nigh-impossible to find websites with the content they want / need / enjoy. For site owners, it’s just as difficult to help potential users sift through the sludge pile and discover their … Continue reading

“You words are dead to me,” I [something besides ‘said’].

I apparently don’t agree with the North Carolina school systems. Deciding to give stumbleupon a try, I searched for “writing” and found a link to the Iredell-Stateseville school system website’s list of other words for “said.” The list includes words like “acknowledged,” “lectured,” “reassured,” “emphasized,” and “grinned.” Grinned? “Grinned” isn’t a synonym for “said,” it’s … Continue reading