Sunday, November 30, 2008

Good Morning

James Jacques Joseph Tissot (1836-1902)Le Journal [The Newspaper]Etching and drypoint, 1883

Good Morning

Sometimes I decied to do things a bit differently. Yesterday, I went to my local library. I think that I often walk there because it is just about a mile away, so two miles there and back is just right for a short walk.

I had my jolt of coffee this morning. I am wide awake now. I haven't read the newspaper yet. It is going to be a long slow day. I am going back to work after vacation. I hope everything will be alright.

I put Watermind by M.M. Buckner on hold. It looks to be an interesting hard science fiction novel.

My muse is wandering today. I have started reading Prince of Stories The Many Worlds of Neil Gaiman. There are many many pictures throughout the book, a lot of them are in full color. The introduction is by Terry Pratchett. I think I will enjoy this. Prince of Stories is not just criticism of Neil Gaiman, it also contains some of his early journalism articles, interviews, and short stories by him. This should make it very interesting for people who like to read Neil Gaiman's works.

I learned that Dave McKean is the first comic book artist that Neil Gaiman worked with. Dave McKean's artwork can be seen here. It is more than a little bit interesting. It has a slightly mythic otherness to it.

For some reason I could never get myself to read Wicked by Gregory Maguire. I just could not imagine a novel about the children's book The Wizard of Oz being that great. However, I am going to try one of his early novels, Mirror Mirror, a combination of Lucrezia Borgia and Snow White. It sounds quite interesting.

Yale University Press Books Unbound program has a nice selection of ebooks for free to use on the internet. This includes both computer titles and poetry books. I read one of them as a hardcover, The Future of the Internet and How To Stop It. This is a nice selection to stimulate your mind.


Anonymous said...

Wickeds is really rather good, and I've been meaning to read some of Gregory Maguire's other books for a while. Maybe once I'm down to less than one shelf on unread books...

McKean's artwork is beautiful, a feast for the eyes and a brilliant match for Gaiman's writing.

Book Calendar said...

I am looking forward to reading Mirror, Mirror.

I am fan of Gaiman's comics and writing. Not so much his movies, but his writing.

Anonymous said...

I have yet to see Beowulf or MirrorMask. I think I fear they won't live up to his novels or comics. I did enjoy Stardust (the movie), but not as much as the illustrated book.