An inquisitive observer, thoughtful commentator, and assiduous craftsman, Neil Gaiman has long been celebrated for the sharp intellect and startling imagination that informs his fiction. Now The View from the Cheap Seats brings together, for the first time ever, more than 60 works of his outstanding nonfiction on topics and people close to his heart.
As Neil explains, "This book is not 'the complete nonfiction of Neil Gaiman'. It is, instead, a motley bunch of speeches and articles, introductions and essays. Some of them are serious, and some of them are frivolous, and some of them are earnest, and some of them I wrote to try to make people listen."
In prose that's analytical yet playful, erudite yet accessible, Neil explores a broad range of interests and topics, including (but not limited to) authors past and present; music; storytelling; comics; bookshops; travel; fairy tales; America; inspiration; libraries; ghosts; and the title piece, at turns touching and self-deprecating, which recounts his experiences at the 2010 Academy Awards in Hollywood.
Neil ponders the truth of fiction and the power of stories (and why we tell them) and offers his own profiles of and insights into writers who have influenced him, including C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Ray Bradbury, Diana Wynne Jones, Stephen King, Rudyard Kipling, James Thurber, and his dear friend, Terry Pratchett. He offers unlikely perspectives on subjects as diverse as The Bride of Frankenstein, Doctor Who, Batman, Tori Amos, Lou Reed, They Might Be Giants, and Amanda Palmer. And he includes a moving essay on the plight of Syrian refugees in a United Nations camp in Jordan.
Illuminating and incisive, witty and wise, The View from the Cheap Seats explores some of the issues, subjects, and people that matter most to Neil Gaiman - and offers a unique glimpse into the mind of one of the most beloved and influential writers of our time.
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By Jessica on 20-06-16
The very best View is from the Cheap Seats
This is the most surprising and touching book I've ever read.
I am a huge fan of Neil Gaiman's. Every book I read of his, I've liked more than the previous. I've loved his stories, how he pulls magic from seams you didn't even realize were there. I've loved his complex characters who spiral down their own emotional and thoughtful rabbit holes: Fat Charlie discovering his own strength. Bod growing up. The Ocean at the end of the Lane's protagonist making us question what's really happened or hasn't.
If there were ever a doubt that these (and all of his other) characters were real, this book will rid you of it. His fiction characters are as real as Lou Reed, Amanda Palmer, Tori Amos and Terry Pratchett.
This book is a gift. I want to read it again and again and again. I want to hug Neil Gaiman and thank him for, well, believing in the magic that is this world. I want him to know how touched I am. I want everyone who's thinking of listening to this audible recording to do so as soon as possible, but to also be cautious in their timing because there will be times you'll have to pull off the freeway because you're crying too hard to safely drive.
Listen to this book. Whoever you are, listen to it. Learn from it. And go make the world a better place like Neil Gaiman has.
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By cutty on 25-06-16
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Not a binge read, probably better to pick it up and read a little then come back to it again later. But, it's fantastic. I literally did laugh and cry.
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