Gaiman and Stephenson: speculations on reading and on speculative fiction

With Neil Gaiman’s latest book (“The Ocean at the End of the Lane”) being released this past week, the internet and sci-fi/fantasy communities have gone crazy. His book signing tours are selling out left and right and the critics are singing his praises. Book Riot even declared June 18th to be “Neil Gaiman Day,” and provided a page of links including a reading guide and a fabulous list of quotes. My three favorite quotes from this list?:

“[D]on’t ever apologize to an author for buying something in paperback, or taking it out from a library (that’s what they’re there for. Use your library). Don’t apologize to this author for buying books second hand, or getting them from bookcrossing or borrowing a friend’s copy. What’s important to me is that people read the books and enjoy them, and that, at some point in there, the book was bought by someone. And that people who like things, tell other people. The most important thing is that people read… ”

A wonderful reminder from a prolific author. Most successful writers don’t seem to care about how you got the book. They care that you bothered to read it. They care that you share your experience. They care that they touched your life in some way.

“The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.”

I have this on my wall above my desk to remind me that, although school is my priority, it is necessary to approach it my own way and to make it fun. If I’m not creating something during my studies, I’m not expanding my learning beyond what was presented on a plate. It’d be like eating a whole meal and not bothering to digest it.

“A book is a dream that you hold in your hands.”

Both my shelf and mind are filled with dreams — ones of my own, ones others have dreamed up for me, and ones that others have dreamed up for themselves that I am lucky enough to share.  Reading and learning are steps to making those dreams come true.

 

Continue reading to discover this week’s literary adventures.

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You’ve gotta love that “new book” smell

Welcome to my blog! The Groggy Frog is a place where I hope to post my thoughts on the books I’m reading and the books I hope to read, as well as other literary gems from around the internet. It is also the place where I plan to discuss everything cafè related. As a former barista, the coffee shop culture fascinates me. Someday I would like to open my own literary-themed coffee shop, so in many ways this blog will be a scrapbook of my background research and my sources for information.

I hope you will find this site to your liking and I also hope that we will eventually be able to build a strong community around it. Please feel free to post links to related sites in the comments — I can’t be everywhere online at once and often miss some cool things. Also feel free to post your feedback and opinions in the comments section. I want this to be a place for open discussion. If you’re trolling (making a fuss or being mean just because you can), your comments will be deleted. If, on the other hand, you honestly disagree, your comments will be left visible so that we can continue the discussion.

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