Today’s podcast is all about Neil Gaiman’s Newberry Award Winning The Graveyard Book, which is great because it means I get to share my Neil Gaiman story with all of you, and hopefully encourage anyone who’s on the fence about him to open the gate and enter the world of Gaimania.
In much of literature, love stories are about couples who have to overcome tremendous obstacles to be together – but sometimes the only obstacle to a happily ever after is the couple itself. Two characters who spend most of a story arguing until a sudden realization and declaration of love is, of course, a romantic comedy staple, and not unique to the silver screen. Some of our favorite fictional pairs spend their books completely oblivious to the relationship that’s right in front of them.
I’ve had it on my shelf for more than a year, but only cracked the spine on Neil Gaiman’s Newberry award-winning The Graveyard Book last night. In many ways it reminds me of more ‘classical’ children’s literature, the sort of books I was reading as a kid when I wasn’t reading The Baby-sitter’s Club. (I read a lot of the Baby-sitter’s Club. Too much, you might say.) The novel has a definite old-fashioned British sensibility, in addition to Gaiman’s unique style, and I was captivated by the familiarity of the storytelling. Not because it was a familiar tale (it’s about a living boy raised in a graveyard), but because it transports me to a different time. Despite being a modern book, I think this story could take place at any time.
I’ve got some events and deadlines coming up in the next couple of months, so it’s crunch time. First, at the start of October I’ll be headed to Seattle for Geek Girl Con with my friend Clare. I’m pretty excited about this, especially since I had a rather disappointing time at Comic-Con this year. It’s also my last big ticketed event until I get a new job.