By which, I mean that I am starting to read a new book.
Which is this:
Yes, if you’re going to read much short, fantastical-ish fiction, then you can’t really ignore Gaiman for long. I’ve recently finished a collection he edited, and have previously enjoyed Smoke and Mirrors and Fragile Things so, when I needed to bump up the value of my Christmas shopping Amazon basket, to avoid paying for delivery, I added this in for myself.
I like Neil Gaiman for a couple of reasons but mainly because I feel like he’s still ‘having a go’ at being a writer. His writing isn’t overwhelming, in the way some writers make you feel less of a person, because they command the English language so well.
Neil Gaiman sometimes writes mawkishly, sometimes clunkily and sometimes so overly Gothily, that you see right through it. I love this. When I read something he’s written which is powerful and lovely (like this) or just really bloody clever, then I remember that he’s still a working writer and doesn’t always knock it out of the park, and that’s encouraging for anyone to keep at it.