I’d like to recommend a book I read this summer. “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” by Neil Gaiman is a fantastic story that captures both the extreme adventures of childhood 40 years ago, but also the deep vulnerability of childhood 40 years ago. It was so intense in evoking memories of how a child is at the mercy of their parent, and how this often creates an extreme sense of survival and thus pushes a child into even more extreme resourcefulness and into great, unforgettable adventures. I recommend this book especially to readers over the age of 35; it will plunge you into memories of your childhood again, complete with adults that have to be withstood, monsters that have to be survived, and the angels that help you along.
Does anybody have the PDF of sever by Lauren DeStefano.??
I used to have the book but someone stole it and I would really like to read it…
I can even possibly send you a PDF of some books that I have
Don’t do this thing.
Don’t EVER do this thing. EVER.
hannahkollef said: Hi Mr. Gaiman (Mr. Neil Gaiman? Mr. Neil? There needs to be an etiquette book for addressing your favorite author online). I'm a self-published author on Amazon, and I got an email from them regarding the conflict with Hachette this morning, trying to persuade us to write in support of Amazon. Thought it might interest you to see what the enemy is saying. I put it on my tumblr if you'd like to take a look--its the most recent post. Hope it helps! -HK
I don’t see an enemy. I see two huge multinational corporations having a fight over contracts and terms, and authors staring up at them from ground level. It’s like Godzilla battling Gamera, and we’re looking up from the sidewalks of New York rather worried that a skyscraper might topple on us. I liked Chuck Wendig’s summary and commentary at http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2014/08/09/in-which-amazon-calls-you-to-defend-the-realm/.
I’m a Hachette Author in the UK. My wife’s a Hachette Author now, and she has a big book coming out in November, which you cannot pre-order through Amazon. Which sucks. I don’t regard Amazon as the enemy, any more than I regarded Barnes and Noble as the enemy when they had a dispute with DC Comics and stopped selling the hundred top DC Comics Graphic Novels in their stores (which included 17 books by me, including all Sandman).
But this seems like a good time to remind people about other places to buy books. Like you could preorder THE ART OF ASKING from Powells at http://www.powells.com/biblio/18-9781455581085-42.
Or you could use http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780062255662 to find the Indie Bookshop nearest you to get your copy of THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE, if you haven’t yet read it.
Makes sense to me. Heck, I’m trying to work up the courage to traditionally publish, and any of these publishers wanting my book would make me faint in delight. I just hope Amazon and Hachette clear things up soon. I like both companies.
In DESPERATION, Zach is named after Zach Sobiech, who was dying of cancer when I wrote it, and who wrote the song “Clouds” while he was dying.
In the scene with the zombies in the cave, when the zombie king says “No kill I,” it is a Star Trek reference to the episode “Devil in the Dark,” where the Horta says the same thing to Kirk.
In the scene where Luke rescues Zach, he uses the words “Let me help” and explains that every Sanctuary rescuer used those words. Their leader James Frederickson had said the words “let me help” were the most important words they could use, and in his opinion, the three best words in the English language. He recommended them even over “I love you.” This is a direct reference to the Star Trek episode “City on the Edge of Forever” in which the character Kirk says, “ ‘Let me help.’ A hundred years or so from now, I believe, a famous novelist will write a classic using that theme. He’ll recommend those three words even over ‘I love you.’ ”