Monday, May 24, 2010

Neil Gaiman Mythologian

You know what life needs more of? Giants, dragons, gods, magic, alternate worlds, rainbow bridges, clever traps, illusions, and narrow escapes. I only stopped that list because otherwise that list would go on for the rest of this post.

Life needs these things not because of what they are, but because of what they represent. Neil Gaiman gets that and he doesn't merely write stories with giants in them he writes stories that tell you what giants mean and in so doing what life means. He is a mythologian.

I recently read Odd And The Frost Giants in about an hour and am now reading it aloud to Avery. It is so astonishingly pure. It is a reading experience akin to eating a handful of snow on a mountaintop far from any city or road. You think to yourself 'that is what snow tastes like'. This book is what stories taste like.

If you need more giants in your life - and you do - go pick this up at your nearest library and instantly improve any afternoon.

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