Wednesday, September 21, 2005

"It begins, as most things begin, with a song."

this includes Neil Gaiman's new book, Anansi Boys, which i thoroughly enjoyed during the several hours of downtime at the signing. (er, Mr. Gaiman didn't actually sing. except maybe metaphorically.) not that i'm complaining about the wait, i expected it, & it must be far more daunting for him. besides, i got to recieve a strange look when i told him i'd enjoyed the book, a blank sort of "you read it already?"
of course, i'm never as clever at that sort of thing, & by "that" i mean meeting people who i know (of, at least) who don't know me. i tend to get flushed & lose eye contact. ah well, i can only hope it's an appealing mannerism in some way.

my favorite character in the novel was Mrs. Higgler, i think, mostly because i've known several Mrs. Higgler-type-people, any one of whom i could easily suspect of trafficking with gods.

Mr. Gaiman during the reading.

Mr. Gaiman looking very writerly.

as far as signed editions go, this may be the last of that sort of quest for me, because while it's always nifty to hear words in the writer's own voice, with expressions, it's also mind-numbingly tedious to sit in those metal chairs/stand in line for four hours. it just sort of swallows the evening whole.
now if only i could find my signed copy of Three Dreams & a Nightmare, so i can remember about the gyspy with the cloves under her tongue, i'd be content.

although one thing about being there was that i did get a glimpse of the upcoming hardcover editions of Good Omens, & they're deliciously clever. (personality quiz: which one would you get, the white with the demon & his glass of wine, or the black with the angel & his book? i don't even have to think about that one.)

new hardcover edition(s) of Good Omens.

but all i had was a trade paperback with a strange, Angela-Carter-like cover illustration, which is now signed by both authors, along with an imperative to burn it & helpful instructions on where to apply the match.

thank ye gods for cleverness.

(postscript, later in the day: photos from the ferry voyage to & fro are up at the tourist.)

13 little fish:

Blogger mysfit swam up to say...

not sure i have to think about that one either

1:50 PM  
Blogger theleftsock swam up to say... check this out it will make your day.
and that still doesnt say which one youll get, i bet you both are saying youll get the black one, eh? fine i want the white one then. is there a shadwell copy? like sort of brown, or the other 4 horseman of apocalypse version? wheres my bookstore.

2:00 PM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

are you kidding, sock?
give me Crowley with wine, & give it to me now.

2:10 PM  
Blogger theleftsock swam up to say...

oh, i got them backward. i thought the black one was the crowley edition. my bad. or did i mean it the other way around.
did you look at my link? check it out please

3:39 PM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

i tried but it just sort of sits there trying to load, telling me i need a java-enabled browser, which i thought i had.

4:10 PM  
Blogger theleftsock swam up to say...

you have to do a manual download. and if you use firefox, it may not like you. i got it to work. go to to get the run time environment. if you cant get the download to work (tells you it is unable to find a file in a temp folder in settings. look for the manual download or the offline one, both will have the cab files bundled) after that it should be fine. good luck!

8:45 PM  
Blogger theleftsock swam up to say...

besides the shear (sp>?) weirdness of it is worth it.

8:54 PM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

i'll try playing with it when i have more sense for that sorta thing.

8:59 PM  
Blogger forgottenmachine swam up to say...

Jenn said it. Crowley. Wine. No competition.

2:09 AM  
Blogger forgottenmachine swam up to say...

Oh, and it is just me, or is the picture Neil is standing in front of not completely appropriate......

2:10 AM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

poor aziraphale. he's just not as sexy.

yes, i thought it was a little weird to frame a writer in the jaws of moby dick...maybe it's a metaphor?

12:34 PM  
Blogger banzai cat swam up to say...

Well, we are guests in a fishy blog so I think it appropriate that a favored writer is framed by one of fish history's most revered fish personage.

And I know how you feel about trying hard not to be too clever. At least you got to meet TWO great writers.

1:38 PM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

i did, & it was very very cool. i always love to meet artists who are able to make their living off their work. i'm jealous, i think, & possibly seeking the secret to their success...

12:41 PM  

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