Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming | Books | The Guardian

My mom posted this the other day, and I thought it was important to share, so here it is:

Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming | Books | The Guardian.

Reading and using our imaginations opens our minds and inspires us to change the world around us.  Don’t forget to read.

~Torrence Nightingale

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2014 in review

Thank you all so much for your contributions to my blog! I look forward to what happens with this small blue thing in the future. 🙂

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A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,800 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 30 trips to carry that many people.

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Love,
Torrence

Without

This is a piece of a story. Like a snapshot, really.  Just a page of someone’s life.

It doesn’t have an introduction, and it doesn’t have a conclusion either.  Don’t ask me about them, because I don’t have them.

I spent a lot of time thinking about Spencer and Bess and how I could try to resolve their problems.  But nothing came of it.  Just this.  At first I was a little upset about it, but now I’ve come to terms with it.  Sometimes things aren’t meant to become anything more than what they are.

I’ve decided to call this little snapshot “Without.”  Enjoy!

Without

Spencer stared blankly at the television. Something terrible was happening on the news; buildings burned, smoke billowed, people ran… but was it really all that terrible? After all, this was the news every evening now. And compared with what it felt like to have your own door slammed in your face, an explosion was trivial. Nothing felt quite like being shut into your apartment, trapped behind glass and screen and words of iron, and watching that grey and black plaid trench coat walk away with those tangled burgundy curls.

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This book deserves a post:

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. Go read it.

Seriously, though.  This is a fantastic fantasy novel by a fantastic fantasy writer.  While from a very general perspective the story isn’t entirely new (ordinary guy saves strange girl and is pulled into much-less-than ordinary world where he goes through a lot of struggles physically, emotionally and mentally and comes out as a hero), the setting and the characters are completely original and fresh and exciting.  The way that Neil Gaiman describes everything is amazing; he has a gift with imagery.  His depiction of London Below, an alternate city below the British capitol, is vivid, dark and entirely captivating.  He uses metaphors that are very original but also make a lot of sense; they make you tilt your head and go, “huh, that’s exactly what it looks like!  Why didn’t I think of putting it that way before?”

Here's the genius himself!  Look at that smile; he knows he's awesome!

Here’s the genius himself! Look at that smile; he knows he’s awesome!

So, if you enjoy fantasy books and are ready for a twist on the typical fairy tale, this is the book for you.  The world Gaiman creates is dark and mysterious, but by the end of the book you wish it really existed… and you’re not entirely sure that it doesn’t.  His characters are creative and complicated, ranging from heroic to harmless and from comic to downright demonic.  And once you’re finished you’ll never think of doors the same way again!

Come back to this post after you've read the book.  Suddenly this picture looks totally different, amiright?

Come back to this post after you’ve read the book. Suddenly this picture looks totally different, amiright?

Your avid reader,

Torrence Nightingale

PS:  If you have interest in the fine arts, here’s an awesome speech Neil Gaiman gave at a graduation ceremony.  He talks about being a creative artist, and he says some very profound and also humorous things.  Check it out!