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The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction - Neil Gaiman
The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction
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An enthralling collection of nonfiction pieces on myriad topics - from art and artists to dreams, myths, and memories to comics, films, and literature - observed in award-winning number-one New York Times best-selling Neil Gaiman's probing, amusing, and distinctive style. An inquisitive... show more
An enthralling collection of nonfiction pieces on myriad topics - from art and artists to dreams, myths, and memories to comics, films, and literature - observed in award-winning number-one New York Times best-selling Neil Gaiman's probing, amusing, and distinctive style.

An inquisitive observer, thoughtful commentator, and assiduous craftsman, Neil Gaiman has long been celebrated for the sharp intellect and startling imagination that informs his fiction. Now The View from the Cheap Seats brings together, for the first time ever, more than 60 works of his outstanding nonfiction on topics and people close to his heart.

As Neil explains, "This book is not 'the complete nonfiction of Neil Gaiman'. It is, instead, a motley bunch of speeches and articles, introductions and essays. Some of them are serious, and some of them are frivolous, and some of them are earnest, and some of them I wrote to try to make people listen."

In prose that's analytical yet playful, erudite yet accessible, Neil explores a broad range of interests and topics, including (but not limited to) authors past and present; music; storytelling; comics; bookshops; travel; fairy tales; America; inspiration; libraries; ghosts; and the title piece, at turns touching and self-deprecating, which recounts his experiences at the 2010 Academy Awards in Hollywood.

Neil ponders the truth of fiction and the power of stories (and why we tell them) and offers his own profiles of and insights into writers who have influenced him, including C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Ray Bradbury, Diana Wynne Jones, Stephen King, Rudyard Kipling, James Thurber, and his dear friend, Terry Pratchett. He offers unlikely perspectives on subjects as diverse as The Bride of Frankenstein, Doctor Who, Batman, Tori Amos, Lou Reed, They Might Be Giants, and Amanda Palmer. And he includes a moving essay on the plight of Syrian refugees in a United Nations camp in Jordan.

Illuminating and incisive, witty and wise, The View from the Cheap Seats explores some of the issues, subjects, and people that matter most to Neil Gaiman - and offers a unique glimpse into the mind of one of the most beloved and influential writers of our time.
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Format: audiobook
ASIN: B01DMUK64O
Publisher: Harper Audio
Edition language: English
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100 Pages A Day...Stephanie's Book Reviews
100 Pages A Day...Stephanie's Book Reviews rated it
4.5 The View From the Cheap Seats
The View From the Cheap Seats is a compilation of Neil Gaiman's best non-fiction. Some of these are essays, some are introductions, some are speeches and all of them are thoughtful. In this book, Neil Gaiman shares things he believes, things about the people he is fortunate enough to know, movies,...
Kaethe
Kaethe rated it
5.0 The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction - Neil Gaiman
Some of these I had read elsewhere previously, on Gaiman's blog or what have you. But even the bits that weren’t new to me were delightful to see again. Gaiman is an excellent storyteller, perhaps even more so when he’s not writing fiction. Library copy
Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents
Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents rated it
4.0 The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction
This is a great thinking piece. The author touches on several subjects and gives his opinion on many things. Some is inspiring, some funny, some informational and so on. This book is a collection of articles, book forewords, speeches, etc. he has done with a few comments about them. I learned a ...
XOX
XOX rated it
5.0 A brilliant writer who like to share the secret magic of books
I got the US edition. Hardcover: 544 pages Publisher: William Morrow & Company; 01 edition (22 Jun. 2016) Language: English ISBN-10: 0062262262 ISBN-13: 978-0062262264 As I could not find it here, I would just add my review. Well... This book is great. It is funny, real, humorous and good...
Char's Horror Corner
Char's Horror Corner rated it
3.0 The View From the Cheap Seats, written and read by Neil Gaiman
This audio, read by Neil himself, was interesting-depending upon the subject being discussed. For myself, I loved the essays and speeches about Terry Pratchett, (that one was my favorite and it even made me tear up), comics, Fritz Leiber, myths and music, (especially the Lou Reed piece). I was n...
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