Feature Fun Friday - The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Current Theme Song (aka what's playing on my ipod right now): White Shadows by Coldplay.

I'm so excited that it is finally October. Not only did I watch my first annual screening of Nightmare Before Christmas (which I am now allowed to watch through December. My poor poor family), but I have been positively giddy for the Feature Fun Fridays to begin. Yes, giddy. I've found some seriously cool stuff. And we begin with perhaps the coolest of them all.

Neil Gaiman. The writing god it seems sometimes. He's everywhere and oh so eloquent. And who can't help but love that accent? :)

I've heard nothing but praises sung up and down for The Graveyard Book, but I've avoided it because I was late to jump on the wagon and I'd be labled a "follower." But no more! Time to kick that pride in the hiney cause this trailer caught me hook, line, and sinker.

It is simple, it is elegant, and it is everything you could want in a book trailer. Gaiman himself narrates it and his voice is like a melody and harmony at once. Just hearing him narrate, you can see what a brilliant writer he is, and that all his praise is probably well deserved. I'm buying this book. Now. Today. This is the perfect Halloween read.

The second is an interview with WIRED about The Graveyard Book and some very cool insights surrounding it. He talks about the video tour he did, reading a chapter in each city he visited (all are online and they are just as incredible as the trailer. He is an author who knows how to read). And any of you who haven't visited his blog, you are missing out on something incredible. He is funny and sweet and I couldn't stop reading. His post just yesterday about how he won a PIE from his editor for making it a year on the bestseller list - fantastic. I was smiling the whole time. I'm in love. I have a new literary crush. Have a phenomenal weekend everyone! Go wrap yourself in an adventure of your own. :)


PJ Hoover said...

Whoa! Serious, awesome trailers! i've read it and loved it.

Shannon Messenger said...

I'm still not sure if I can forgive Neil Gaiman for beating Shannon Hale at the Eisner's this year (seriously, doesn't he have enough of those already?). But I must admit, those do look pretty cool...

Heather Zundel said...

PJ - Okay, with your recommendation, I'm totally there.

Shannon - I forgot she went up against Mr. Gaiman for that. Which just goes to show you how cool she is if she can take on him and his many-award-awesomeness. :)