The Word On: Neil Gaiman

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I'm typing this with the American Library Association webcast playing in the background. They haven't got to [announcing] the Newbery award [which has been won by Gaiman's 'The Graveyard Book'] ... I might have imagined all of this, or they may have to do a sudden recount or something. But I think it probably happened ... OK. They just said it. I can post this.

Neil Gaiman (

I'm on a bit of a Gaiman kick right now. It always seems to happen around the holidays, or anytime I'm doing a bit of reflecting. These days most of that reflecting is on a time, 10 years ago, when I was a teenage goth just moving away from my parents, alone in a big, dangerous, scary city ... 'The Sandman' ... held my hand through those days, and I'll always be grateful to Gaiman for writing it.

Sara Jaffe (

I have a bit of an indifferent relationship to Neil Gaiman's writing – he's great with high concepts; I find his characters and actual writing not always that interesting. This book is really in the vein of the Harry Potter books ... aimed at mostly young adults that's sort of a fantastical story about a boy who grows up in a graveyard and then does some uncommonly courageous stuff ... Fun book ... won't change your life or anything, but not bad.

John Lilly (