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Just Sayin...

Neil Gaiman has just won another award for The Graveyard Book. What next? The Booker? The Pulitzer Prize? The Nobel? I mean, he's a lovely man, and TGB was a nice book, but, come on, honestly, all you readers out there, there ARE other books and other authors...

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anghara
Nov. 18th, 2009 07:21 pm (UTC)
Books are starting to look depressingly like the Oscars, when it comes to awards. ONE book gets an award and that means somehow that everyone else has to stop thinking and give their awards to the same book. Saves time. It' s like when an Oscar winning movie cleans up EVERYTHING on the night - as though if it gets the nod for one thing then it has to gather in all the minor awards too.

Like I said. Saves time.
intertext
Nov. 18th, 2009 08:20 pm (UTC)
That's true. But I can't help thinking that NG has really done an amazing job of branding himself. And he's been on EVERY talkshow and featured in EVERY magazine. You'd start to think he was the only sf/fantasy author working today if you didn't know better.
majrgenrl8
Nov. 19th, 2009 04:18 am (UTC)
I love Neil. I wrote my thesis on Neil. The Graveyard Book does not deserve lots of awards. He's written far better books.
intertext
Nov. 19th, 2009 04:42 am (UTC)
yes. I agree about that, too. What is your favourite?
majrgenrl8
Nov. 19th, 2009 04:48 am (UTC)
Argh! Uh...probably Stardust, then 1602. I had much more tosay about Sandman and American Gods but I love those tow the most.
intertext
Nov. 19th, 2009 04:52 am (UTC)
I really liked Neverwhere. And the Sandmans. And his short stories!
lady_schrapnell
Nov. 19th, 2009 09:41 am (UTC)
...come on, honestly, all you readers out there, there ARE other books and other authors..

Preaching to the choir in this case, as I wasn't taken enough with TGB to bother bringing it back from steepholm's so I could finish it! Makes me a bit cranky too, its getting quite so many awards.

Have you read this, btw? James Kennedy is barking, in a good sort of way, and I found the Neil Gaiman bit hilarious.
(Anonymous)
Nov. 19th, 2009 05:49 pm (UTC)
Actually, I won the Newbery.
Thanks, Lady Schrapnell, for the keen observation that I am barking.

But I'm afraid I must correct all of you. For I, James Kennedy, won the Newbery from Neil Gaiman fair and square. I tackled him at the ALA conference and wrestled it away from him; then I bested Mr. Gaiman in a series of mental and physical trials, thus proving the legitimacy of my claim.

Video and photographic proof here:

http://jameskennedy.com/2009/07/13/i-win-the-newbery/

Thank you. Please modify your lives accordingly.
intertext
Nov. 19th, 2009 07:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Actually, I won the Newbery.
Hahaha thank you for dropping by! And I've always suspected that Neil Gaiman's work was bee-written. I'm sure that analysis of line lengths and number of syllables will demonstrate that mystical numbers of significance to bees are embedded in the texts and that it will spell out a message of hope and solidarity to all bees in the world (transmitted via the audio versions of Gaiman's books).
(Anonymous)
Nov. 19th, 2009 10:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Actually, I won the Newbery.
Finally, someone who understands me.
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