Thursday, March 19, 2009

Tuesday's book signing went well. We could have asked for nicer weather, as a brief snowstorm quieted down the store's through-traffic. It didn't really start getting busy again until it was time to leave.

However, I got to spend time with people I enjoy and talk to a few new people about the book. All in all, I say success. Thanks again to Chapters for hosting and to my friends, family, and co-workers—especially the manager—for being so incredibly supportive.

Second order of business, Neil Gaiman was on the Colbert Report Monday night. (I'm way behind on watching the Report and The Daily Show because we DVR them for later.) Bravo, Neil! I don't know if Stephen Colbert was afraid of Mr. Gaimen or what the deal was, but it was a rare interview where Colbert did not emerge the champion.

My mother remarked that Neil Gaiman is very intelligent. She feels contemporary and cool, because she's read The Graveyward Book. Hopefully, however, she'll read Neverwhere while I'm away. I guess it's time to bring home Fragile Things and my battered copy of Stardust.

Neverwhere isn't the only Gaiman thing I could lend her—I've also got Smoke and Mirrors, Good Omens and The Sandman here. I happen to think, though, that Neverwhere is the logical step up from The Graveyard Book as they're both about finding new worlds within our own. Plus, Lady Door is just awesome.

So what's your favorite Neil Gaiman work? Where would you direct someone to go after reading The Graveyard Book?


John Evans said...

"did not emerge the champion"? Why do interviews have to be competitions? O_o

Chandra Rooney said...

The Colbert Report interviews often play like "Stephen Colbert needs to be right." It's part of the show's gimmick.

Sarah K said...

I have not read 'The Graveyard Book', but intend to someday. I have heard nothing but great things about it.

I haven't really read as much Gaiman as I would like. I still have American Gods hanging around, unfinished [and we know why], and Interworld which I've yet to start. I haven't even heard of Fragile Things.

Chandra Rooney said...

Fragile Things is the second short story collection. Came out in...2006?

Rachel said...

Smoke and Mirrors is good. One of the older ones. There's a CD of him reading his short stories. That's cool.

I wish I could have been there to support you. But I hope you have a chance to have a signing or reading in LA sometime. Maybe with your next book?

Good Omens is a lot of fun, though. And Terry Pratchett's the Color of Magic is supposed to be out on tv soon.

Leigh said...

Wish I could have been there to get my book signed, Chandra! I hope you had fun and will post some pics of the event? Or at least the snowstorm...?