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PostSubject: Neil Gaiman   Mon Feb 21, 2011 7:26 am

Are there any fans of Neil Gaiman here? He's my favourite author of the modern era. I read "American Gods" in 2004, and was blown away. I rarely read comics or graphic novels, but I was familiar with his work before because Chie (My wife, girlfriend at the time.) was obsessed with his graphic novel series "The Sandman." After American Gods convinced me to explore the rest of his work, I jumped into the Sandman and absolutely loved them too. I've liked pretty much everything he has written, with the exception of a couple of the screenplays he's written (He wrote the screenplays for the Zemeckis Beowulf and MirrorMask. I liked MirrorMask, but even Gaiman admitted that the story aspect of the film was just written as a framing device for McKean's artwork and was the least interesting aspect of the film.). Love the rest of it though, especially "American Gods," "The Sandman" (My favourite entry in the series is The Doll's House) and his short story collections, "Smoke and Mirrors" and "Fragile Things."
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PostSubject: Re: Neil Gaiman   Mon Feb 21, 2011 7:30 am

His novel "Good Omens" with Terry Pratchett was genius.
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PostSubject: Re: Neil Gaiman   Mon Feb 21, 2011 8:22 am

Frank Rizzo wrote:
His novel "Good Omens" with Terry Pratchett was genius.

Reading that right now, actually. I love the way he portrays the Horsemen, especially Famine.
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PostSubject: Re: Neil Gaiman   Mon Feb 21, 2011 9:02 am

UnknownKadath wrote:
Frank Rizzo wrote:
His novel "Good Omens" with Terry Pratchett was genius.

Reading that right now, actually. I love the way he portrays the Horsemen, especially Famine.

Ditto.
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PostSubject: Re: Neil Gaiman   Mon Feb 21, 2011 8:06 pm

a fan here to! Good Omens is very good. I hope they do another collaboration, Pratchetts light and Gainmans dark side make up a good middle somehting-something.
I have American Gods as an audiobook but havent had the time to finish it... I've been stuck in the middle for a long time hehe other stuff just keeps getting in the way Razz
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PostSubject: Re: Neil Gaiman   Mon Feb 21, 2011 8:26 pm

obin_gam wrote:
a fan here to! Good Omens is very good. I hope they do another collaboration, Pratchetts light and Gainmans dark side make up a good middle somehting-something.
I have American Gods as an audiobook but havent had the time to finish it... I've been stuck in the middle for a long time hehe other stuff just keeps getting in the way Razz

Pratchett has said in a few interviews that he and Neil had planned to do another collab, but their schedules have apparently conflicted over the years.
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PostSubject: Re: Neil Gaiman   Wed Mar 09, 2011 1:13 am

I dig Sandman most out of all of Neil's work, and revisit it often. I read American Gods and Neverwhere. Gods was good, but I liked Neverwhere better. I need to get his work with Terry Pratchett (on several recommendations) and try out Pratchett's stuff in general. These days Gaiman seems to be pretty comfortable as a childrens' author. I think The Graveyard Book was only his second kids novel and it already won a Newberry Medal. But actually, I honestly hope he comes back to comics sometime.

When he first started doing work for Marvel, there was a rumor making the rounds early on that he was signed to possibly finish the run on Miracleman that he'd never had the chance to finish years earlier, following up Alan Moore's phenomenal turn with the character in the 80s, and pending Marvel winning some litigation concerning the rights to the character and the old stories. There was a ton of legal bullshit that followed, but I think Marvel may have come out on top. In any event, I hope something new comes of it soon.

And apparently, he's writing an episode of Doctor Who for the upcoming season. So there's that.
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PostSubject: Re: Neil Gaiman   Mon May 16, 2011 4:15 am

If you liked Neverwhere, it was originally a miniseries for BBC2 in the mid-90s. It's cheaply made, but the acting in it was solid, and it was shot in Londons underground tunnels, sewers and abandoned tube stations. It had a lot of surreal and kind of awesome spots, and Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar's portrayal is particularly amazing. The opening credit sequence was pretty creepy to watch as well.
I used to have them on VHS, but it's never been released on DVD. Which I'm kind of annoyed about; yes, it was shot-on-shitteo and it had a few strange choices in editing (Each episode starts with a recap from one of the characters, but the video keeps skipping, freezing or slowing down. Imagine if Se7en's opening credits was done on a deck-to-deck editor) but it was a decent series.
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PostSubject: Re: Neil Gaiman   Mon May 16, 2011 7:01 am

http://www.amazon.com/Neil-Gaimans-Neverwhere-Gary-Bakewell/dp/B0000A14WF/ref=sr_1_1?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1305507670&sr=1-1

Neverwhere was indeed released on DVD.
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PostSubject: Re: Neil Gaiman   Fri May 20, 2011 3:43 am

Oh sweet! That's on the wish list....
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PostSubject: Re: Neil Gaiman   Sat May 21, 2011 9:33 am

i've never actually read his work. but since you guys. love 'Neil G." have you seen last weeks episode of "Doctor Who" ?

i believe he wrote it. & it's one of the BEST episode they've EVER DID! cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Neil Gaiman   Sun Jun 05, 2011 3:12 pm

I have volume 1 of The Sandman. I'm loving it so far.
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PostSubject: Re: Neil Gaiman   Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:10 am

I'm a big fan. Neverwhere is one of my all time favorite books. I've seen the miniseries but I read it first and the book is my first love. His short story collections are great and I love the variety of his work. American Gods and Stardust are hugely different works, for example. As a note, if you decide to check out Stardust, try to find the original format, a beautifully illustrated fairytale comic book.

Speaking of Stardust, I do like to move, but it's a very different beast from the book and has very different point to make. Where the hell did that ending come from?

As for Good Omens. Hilarious. I always loved the little detail where they describe Crowley as "an angel who not so much fell as sauntered vaguely downward". Really that collaboration just puts me in mind of Douglas Adams at his best. (Speaking of Adams more people should read Dirk Gently).
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