There's a short story tucked into the Introduction - The Wedding Gift - that has to be one of the eeriest bits of fiction I've read. And I can not even tell you why. It reminded me of the first short story to creep me this hard - W. W. Jacobs' The Monkey's Paw.
It's probably for the best that Gaiman decided against giving it to the couple he wrote it for.
In case anyone else is doing the Library Thing group read and needs a copy.
It's the Author's Preferred Text edition from 2011.
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Hmmm... I think I should have gone for the straight read-thru version rather than this dramatized edition. A few of the key character's narrators are very mis-matched to my internal voices for them.
Shadow's reader is perfect, but Mr. Wednesday and Laura are so far off that it's distracting me from the plot. Going to stick it out until Anansi shows up, and bail if he's not right to my mental ear.
Good thing I'm not a visualizer when I read or I'd never be able to sit through a movie adaptation.
Why did I wait so long to read the Discworld books? They had been recced so hard and often by so many with great taste. So. Much. Funny.
Very much enjoying Death and HIS CAPSLOCK WAY OF SPEAKING. His Discworld incarnation is reminiscent of Good Omens' Death, but with a more put-upon attitude.
Now I just have to get my brain to stop reading those all-caps Facebook posts my one relation makes in my mental Death's voice.
I can not believe that it took me as long as it did Shadow the protagonist to trip to the true identity of the driver for the new pantheon.
It was RIGHT THERE in the name. Well done, Neil Gaiman.
"Awards recognizing distinction in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association (APA)."
"You wake up in Singapore. There’s a man in the bed next to you, but at least he’s dead, so you don’t have to worry about making small talk."
- The Toast (via The Digital Reader)