I’m excited. I managed to get tickets to a speaking event with my all time favourite author. The one, the only, the infinitely estimable Neil Gaiman. It’s my birthday present to myself. I can’t wait!
I’m way more excited for this than knowing that both David Tennant and Matt Smith will be at the comic con this weekend. I’m a huge Doctor Who fan but even that pales in comparison to The Neil.
I’ve never drank deeply from the kool-aid offered by the cult of celebrity. I understand that they’re just people and while I respect their work and it’s contribution to my imagination, I just feels off to me to idolize them.
All that being said, I am definitely doing just that with Neil and I have with other authors. I remember meeting Guy Gavriel Kay just after he released Ysobel and was practically dumbstruck trying to articulate the profound effect his works had on me. I dont really have an explanation. I guess I’ll always be a bigger book nerd than tv nerd.
Multimedia adaptations of books have long been a thing. Some are successful. Some are not. Either because they only have a 2 hour window to visually depict a world that’s been described in detail in thousands of words or they deviate from the author’s vision or the fan’s expectations too much.
My favourite author, Neil Gaiman, has had a spate of recent adaptations of his works with a fair amount of success. Stardust was awesome. American Gods is a wildly fantastic show. Lucifer is decent. Neverwhere was great and even How to Talk to girls at parties was quirky and off-beat but cool just the same.
While rumours swirl constantly about Gaiman’s opus, a movie of Sandman, I can’t see it happening any time soon. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to see it visualized, but I can’t see it being done with the right tone or with enough justice to the source material for it to be truly successful.
Another one of Gaiman’s works that I always thought would be difficult to adapt to the screen, was his collaboration with the late, great, Terry Pratchett. Good Omens. However, I was wrong. They’re doing it as a mini-series over at Amazon Prime. Not only that, but it has David Tennant (the 10th Doctor for those of you playing along at home) and Michael Sheen as two of the main characters.
Right then. I’m in and I’m looking forward to this. Moreso now that they released a teaser/trailer at this year’s Comicon. It looks amazeballs…. but don’t take my word for it.
“The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again.”
Sound familiar to anyone?
Yeah, I thought so.
If you are at all like me and have read at least one of the twelve books in the series you’ve read that line at least once. What does that line signify? Well it pretty much signifies that yup, even after RJ’s passing the Wheel still turns. A Gathering Storm, the twelfth book in the series was just released a few days ago. Penned by Brandon Sanderson from RJ’s copious notes it looks to be another massive brick of a book. I’ve only got a couple of chapters in so far and as of yet I haven’t been able to detect any real difference in voice between BS and RJ’s writing, though I suspect as we near the end of the book and the parts that RJ wrote prior to his passing we’ll start to see more of BS and less of RJ. Right now though I don’t care. as long as I don’t have to walk the fucking road to Caemlyn again I’ll be fine. So far so good… I’ll keep you posted.
You ever get the feeling that time, that arbitrary, ephemeral concept just sort of exists to piss us the fuck off?
I mean honestly, if it weren’t for time I’d be happily ensconced in a book without a worry in the work. Or perhaps I’d be scribbling words on a page, forging headlong and onward in the novel in my head. Instead I sit here, Stumbling and typing this trying to wind down from another exhausting day when I could be happily sleeping next to the woman of my dreams…
Actually ya know what… fuck you lot. I’m going to bed. This post can wait.
(But in the interim…. The Trailer for “The Men Who Stare At Goats” is good. Watch it.)
If you’ve been paying attention at all to my blog you’ll have noticed that the little widget down at the bottom left that is supposed to show images for all the books I’ve read/am reading/etc. hasn’t changed much in the past … 6-8 months. I’m sad to say that I have not read a book for about 2 months. I feel somewhat dirty and shamefaced for admitting this. I just haven’t had the time.
The widget is more than a little out of date however and a pain in the arse to update so I’m just going to say…. Scott Lynch’s Gentlemen Bastards Saga is good. I highly recommend the first book, The Lies of Locke Lamora, and while the 2nd book, Red Seas Under Red Skies, wasn’t quite as good in my opinion, it still was a damn fine read.
I’ve got a couple of books on the go at the moment. By on the go or “reading”, I mean that I have opened the book and scanned more than the first couple of pages but not much more than that. I’ve got A Madness of Angels going but I haven’t drawn any conclusions about it yet. I’ve started Joe Abercrombie’s The Blade Itself but it really hasn’t appealed all that much to me. There’s just something about it that seems stilted or flat. I might give it another read at some point. I also started on Gail Z. Martin’s The Summoner just cause the cover looks cool (yeah I’m a cover whore) but again, I’m not far enough into it to make any comments.
I had other books that I was going to comment on but I just looked at the clock… WTF I swear I just got home from work 10 minutes ago, not 3 hrs ago. Gah. Anyways, This is my attempt to return to a semi-regular posting schedule. I shall post more later.
In other random news. The trailers for Legion and I Shall Sell The Dead look good. Watch them.