Neil Gaiman Day @TowneBookCenter

Ok It’s not REALLY Neil Gaiman Day but I can pretend non? We are, however, reading the lovely The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Himself.

The Ocen at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

I have a love/hate relationship with Gaiman. I love that he’s so ding dang creative, but GAWD his books are CREEPY. I mean. Coraline?

Other Mother creeps me the heck out.

Coraliine by Neil Gaiman

Of course Himself is famous for creepy adult books too like American Gods.


I prolly won’t read it but I wish I could. I’m a chicken and I don’t like to be scared or creeped out.

Did you know that Himself writes for teeny weeny littles?

Chu's Day at the Beach by Neil Gaiman and Adam Rex


Chu’s Day at the Beach! Not scary at all. And of course, there’s Fortunately, The Milk which prompted a great Twitter meme where you’d mix the title with another book like Fortunately, The Mockingjay (ok that’s a bad one but you get the idea).

Also? I had the fun opportunity to see Himself at The Tower Theater in May. Here’s a pic of my bookseller friend Jen and me:



Hi Jennifer (waving)!!!! She is STUPID for Neil Gaiman. Wanna see a pic of Himself?


Eight rows back and that’s the best my iPhone could do.


So, tell me, what’s your fave Neil Gaiman book?








THE ART OF NEIL GAIMAN by Hayley Campbell

When you hear the name Neil Gaiman, what do you think of:

  • Coraline
  • Good Omens
  • Chu’s Day
  • Fortunately the Milk
  • Ocean at the End of the Lane

or the countless other titles that the prolific writer has penned? In the bookstore I work in, when you hear the name Neil Gaiman, you will prolly hear a shrill OH MY GAHWWWWW followed by a whole lot of other unintelligible squibbles.  We’re kinda keen on Neil. That’s what so great about books and Neil, specifically. When you find one you like, you are instantly connected to any of a number of people from all walks of life who also like Neil Gamain’s work! It’s like making instant BFFs.

When birthdays and holidays come around, I want you to consider gifting The Art of Neil Gaiman to them.


You know what? Scratch that. The Art of Neil Gaiman is a book for everyone! Neil Gaiman fans will swoon over it.


Who doesn’t love Coraline and “Other Mother” (I’ll admit it creeps me the heck out)?

Music lovers will love Neil cuz he used to be in a band with the Beetles or someone else English. I forget their name.


Not THEM. He wasn’t IN Duran Duran.

Was he?

So, music isn’t your schtick? Do you have a Goth friend?


Maybe they’ll like the Death Gallery.

No matter what you’re into, The Art of Neil Gaiman has got something for you. The best thing about the book, however, aside from the cheeky one liners and wild hair is that you get the impression that Neil is a real human being who cares about his friends. And maybe, just maybe, that comes through in his books and why we all feel connected to him and to each other.

Was that last line too deep?

I thought so.

Can you believe Neil Gaiman has learned to say “poop”?

hahaha better.



My Real Children by Jo Walton

Sometimes you read a book that makes you think. And sometimes you just can’t put the book down.  Isn’t it fabulous when you finally get to meet the author and he/she is as smart and great as you’d hoped they’d be? That’s the case with Jo Walton’s

My Real Children


Intrigued? Here’s a bit about it:

It’s 2015, and Patricia Cowan is very old. “Confused today,” read the notes clipped to the end of her bed. She forgets things she should know—what year it is, major events in the lives of her children. But she remembers things that don’t seem possible. She remembers marrying Mark and having four children. And she remembers not marrying Mark and raising three children with Bee instead. She remembers the bomb that killed President Kennedy in 1963, and she remembers Kennedy in 1964, declining to run again after the nuclear exchange that took out Miami and Kiev.

Her childhood, her years at Oxford during the Second World War—those were solid things. But after that, did she marry Mark or not? Did her friends all call her Trish, or Pat? Had she been a housewife who escaped a terrible marriage after her children were grown, or a successful travel writer with homes in Britain and Italy? And the moon outside her window: does it host a benign research station, or a command post bristling with nuclear missiles?

I love love this book. Thanks to a  meeting with Brandon Sanderson, I’ve discovered the joy of Science Fiction and Fantasy books! To be sure, YA includes both genres, so jumping to adult Sci Fi was not difficult.  If I can enter an alternate reality from a YA book, why not an adult?

And so I did.  I love how smart the heroine, Patricia is. She thinks about thinking.  I love that. This would be a great book for bookclubs or older teens, too.  Curious? Follow this link and read the first few chapters and see if you aren’t hooked too!

Wonder what the author looks like?



The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Unconventional Librarian Ocean at the End of the LaneThere is something to be said for buying into the hype when something new comes out.  This time is one of them. Heretofore, I’ve respected Neil Gaiman’s work, although the only work of his I really liked was Chu’s Day, a picture book.  Coraline made my skin crawl. I passed out free copies of Good Omens on World Book Night.

Seeing as NG was the most uttered word at BEA13 I thought for sure I would’ve had a chance to run him over and charm him with my, um, charms.  Our paths did not cross nor did I snag the coveted new book.

As luck would have it, I came across newly released Ocean at the End of the Lane at work and my co worker loved it.

And finally I can say, so. do. I.

it’s a little bit creepy.

but who doesn’t love 7 year olds?

What are some of YOUR fave Neil Gaiman’s books?