Superfluous Matter
Books - The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman is great. He writes short stories, graphic novels, regular novels, screenplays for movie and TV (he won a Hugo for an episode of Doctor Who) and he tweets like crazy.

His latest novel continues his legacy of awesome. It seems to have the trappings of a fairy tale, but not like any I've read before. It's also quite short, in a good way. It's succinct. It gets right to the business of inspiring unusual thoughts and musings in your mind. It sticks with you days after reading. And the prose are just lovely. At one point a main character is described as looking like "pale silk and candle flames" immediately following the narrator's description of dark matter as "the material of the universe that makes up everything that must be there but we cannot find."

I'm super excited to have the opportunity to attend an event at the San Francisco JCC entitled The Enchanting Neil Gaiman in March where he will have a live conversation with another amazing author, Michael Chabon. I'm definitely going to get one of my volumes of the Sandman series signed if I can.

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