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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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