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The View from the Cheap Seats
The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction | Neil Gaiman
An enthralling collection of nonfiction essays on a myriad of topicsfrom art and artists to dreams, myths, and memoriesobserved in #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaimans 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 bestselling fiction. Now, The View from the Cheap Seats brings together for the first time ever more than sixty pieces of his outstanding nonfiction. Analytical yet playful, erudite yet accessible, this cornucopia 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 the authors experiences at the 2010 Academy Awards in Hollywood.Insightful, incisive, witty, and wise, The View from the Cheap Seats explores the issues and subjects that matter most to Neil Gaimanoffering a glimpse into the head and heart of one of the most acclaimed, beloved, and influential artists of our time.
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madamereadsalot1
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I enjoyed this one. Some of these intros & pieces I had read/heard before, but a lot I hadn't. Mostly it beefed up my TBR even more, but a few times it made me tear up. Sometimes, the big feelings I get from Gaiman & his words make me question my sanity. I just like what he says & how he says it. For some reason, something in me rings like a bell struck when I consume his work. This was an intimate book that rang a lot.
@Soubhiville #authoramonth

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madamereadsalot1
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1. Tagged and also rereading The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

2. Ocean at the End of the Lane and The Song of Achilles to my sister last night.

3. What kind of artist? Pen/Pencil/Paint: James Jean, Gail Potocki, Caravaggio, Grant Morrison, Terry Moore, Ryan Ottley, etc.
Musical: Ani Difranco, The National, Cursive, Two Gallants, G-Dragon, Childish Gambino, etc.

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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BookwormAHN
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5th and last book for #MrBook1InAMillion
I enjoyed this. I love listening to Gaiman's voice and his views were enlightening 💙
#AuthoraMonth @Soubhiville
#BBRC #GrowUp non-fiction @LibrarianRyan
@Alisnazzy @Lynnsoprano @MrBook @Clwojick @Andrew65 @Rachel.Rencher @Lucas.Rencher @jb72 @TheReadingMermaid

MrBook Oh yeah! On 🔥, you‘ve been! 😎🙌🏻 1mo
UnidragonFrag 5?! That's great! And I totally agree about Gaiman 😍 1mo
LibrarianRyan Nice! 1mo
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Andrew65 5 books is fantastic. Well done and thanks for taking part. 👏👏👏🙌👍😊🥳😍 1mo
Andrew65 Such a great voice! 1mo
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Soubhiville Wow, this puts you in the lead for #AuthorAMonth by 2 books! 1mo
BookwormAHN @Soubhiville I love reading Gaiman 💙 1mo
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BarbaraJean
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I started this on audio this week, and I am SO enjoying having Neil Gaiman chatting to me about books as I drive to work!

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mariaku21
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Sitting on my TBR since late 2016, I finally got to this!⁠

I love that Neil read this as I was able to hear through his voice, the laughter and warmth during his funny moments, the wistfulness and sadness in others, a bit of anger in others as he reads through the various words and it feels as though in doing so, he hits upon different moments and thoughts and even reminisces a little himself.⁠

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jdiehr
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If I were to divide this book into 3 parts, I would say I loved the first third and the last third and slogged through the middle.

I love how Gaiman describes the importance of art and words and books and storytelling. I also thoroughly enjoyed the parts about his wife, Amanda Palmer.

But all of the speeches and introductions about people I know nothing about got long. However - I did Google a couple of then which would make Gaiman happy I think

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jdiehr
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A beautiful post-rain #audiowalk this morning

Cathythoughts Beautiful 4mo
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daniwithtea
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This was me as a kid, 100%. I read A Clockwork Orange and One Flew Over the Cuckoo‘s Nest when I was in elementary school because I found them in a box in the basement, along with a weird horror book about dancers being murdered.

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sidherinn

While I didn‘t love everything in this book, it was worth it just for the inclusion of his lecture on the power of libraries & imagination. Particularly appropriate now, when school districts & counties are voting to remove libraries from school. I just found out the district I live in was one (ONE!) vote away from removing libraries, not from high schools, not from middle schools, but elementary schools! It‘s a nightmare, only we are living it.

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cariashley
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I‘ve always been mixed on Gaiman, and while this started off strong it really dragged in the middle for me. The endless intros to other writers who were obscure to me could have been interesting but it was too much. I could have done with about half the length. I‘m just not into the particular brand of sci fi and comics that Gaiman loves, though I appreciate his passion.

monalyisha Bummer! I‘m wondering which Gaiman books you‘ve read? I‘ve surprised myself by not digging a few of his titles, but some of his others are literally some of my absolute favorite books. 5mo
cariashley @monalyisha I just checked and actually have given just as many 4 star as 3 star ratings to his books! He‘s never been 5 stars for me though. I really liked American Gods and The Graveyard Book, liked The Ocean..., and thought Stardust, Trigger Warning and Neverwhere were ok. Which are your faves? 5mo
monalyisha @cariashley That sounds like a totally fair shot! I count both “American Gods” & “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” among my favorite books. I didn‘t really dig “Neverwhere” & that‘s always a fan fave. 🤷‍♀️ 5mo
cariashley @monalyisha we‘re pretty similar then! You should read Graveyard Book, it‘s great on audio! 5mo
Zelma I liked this one but more as a book to dip in and out of. I didn‘t read the whole thing either. (edited) 5mo
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cariashley
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View from my #audiorun today! Really hot and sweaty but I still did 3 miles at around 9:12 per mile, which is really good for me. 🏃‍♀️ I‘ve had this audiobook forever but was never inclined to start it until now, and I‘m not sure why. It‘s an absolute delight!

Hoopiefoot That‘s such a pretty view for a run! 5mo
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KathyWheeler
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Even though I have this book in print, I checked the audiobook out from the library because I haven‘t read it yet, and I felt like listening to Neil Gaiman‘s voice. Goodnight, y‘all.

JaclynW Listening to Neil Gaiman's voice is always a wonderful idea! 😍 6mo
KathyWheeler @JaclynW True. 😊 6mo
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CatGV
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I believe that even though his fiction style doesn't appeal to me, he has a few things to teach me about writing. There were few essays about the writing world. Though, I enjoyed it greatly! His nonfiction is excellent! It's honest, straightforward, vulnerable and funny. It's charming in his own way. It was fun to see what made up this author and he got us close to several celebrities in different fields. It was like a “behind-the-scenes“ view.

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pilardib
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Happy Easter! I hope your reading plans for tbe weekend weren't ruined like mine were. At least I did get to eat lots of chocolate!!! 😄

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JuliaTheBookNerd
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Totally just realized I am a day ahead 😬🤷🏻‍♀️ #MyBad #LoveYourLibrarian 📚 #SpringIntoReading 🐇🌸📖

#BookNerd 💙📚🤓

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 8mo
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KathyWheeler
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Still my favorite National Library Week quote.

vumblereads 🧡 8mo
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pilardib
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I love when writers/musicians talk about the people and books that inspired them even though it's rarely something I'd read 😋

LaLecture I like that too! Sometimes it makes me want to read the books mentioned :). 8mo
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Bookwormjillk
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It‘s been such a crazy day I didn‘t get to post about my #litsywalk from this morning. I needed a break from JANE Austen so I switched to Neil Gaiman.

britt_brooke I loved this on audio! I‘m not a huge fan of his fiction, but I loved these nonfiction pieces. 9mo
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madamereadsalot1
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pilardib
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"You're also finding out something as you read that will be vitally important for making your way in this world: the world doesn't have to be like this. Things can be different".

I'm reading one chapter a day. Gaiman's words and thoughts will resonate with anyone who has a passion for books.

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AutumnRLS
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Continuing to de-clutter the library (former mudroom/dog space). There will be shelves on either side of the fireplace once my husband finishes the built-ins. (He's currently in the shop gluing and sanding!!!) Also, the love seat is temporary until I can afford the chair /fold-out single bed I want to put in here.

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Spencer_Labbe
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WOW! I've been so busy with editing and editors and planning some upcoming signings I haven't been able to post at all! But I've been able to find some time to read!

This book/audiobook is amazing! Any writers out there who can't afford his masterclass should definitely check out this audiobook! There is so much good advice boiled into his speeches, and so much inspiration! It's a must read!

AutumnRLS I'm about 1/4 of the way through and have been reading a couple essays in between other books. I find this gives me time to think about each one individually so they don't all run together. Just love him! 10mo
Spencer_Labbe @AutumnRLS It's long but so worth it! He is a wealth of knowledge and experience! 10mo
Suet624 Loved this book. (edited) 10mo
Spencer_Labbe @Suet624 Me too! It reminded me why I wanted to write in the first place, and why I love reading! So much knowledge in that man‘s brain. 10mo
Suet624 @Spencer_Labbe Exactly! 10mo
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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This collection of personal essays, thoughtful speeches, literary introductions, & much more is so satisfying. Gaiman‘s personality really shows through, especially on audio. He has an utterly contagious passion for art. Admittedly, I‘m not a huge fan of his novels (except Norse Mythology 💚). It‘s largely a genre thing with me. I‘ve realized I‘m a Gaiman fan even if I don‘t love all of his work, though I do vow to try again some time.

Elma I need to get this one for my husband. He's obsessed with Neil Gaiman and short stories right now. 11mo
britt_brooke @Elma This would be perfect then! I borrowed the audio from NPL via Libby. 11mo
RainyDayReading I‘m not a huge fan of his novels either, something about the writing style doesn‘t click with me. But I love his Sandman graphic novels! 11mo
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britt_brooke @RainyDayReading I‘m not a fan of the style either. And this is nit picky, but I can‘t stand his character names (Shadow, Door, Fat Charlie, etc). I‘m planning to try Sandman, so that‘s good to know - thanks! 11mo
sk888888 Not a big Gaiman fan, I keep trying... but I really loved this book. 11mo
ShelleyBooksie Norse Mythology is awesome is audiobook and is free on his website 11mo
Leftcoastzen This was so fun to read, love his quirky style . 11mo
Lesliereads I‘ve only read American Gods which I was not a fan of; maybe I‘ll try his essays. 11mo
britt_brooke @Lesliereads I wasn‘t a fan of American Gods, Neverwhere, or Anansi Boys. I tried. 😆 I do, however, recommend Norse Mythology if that topic interests you at all. It was really enjoyable. These essays are great, too. 💚 11mo
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britt_brooke
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▶️🎧

I‘m not generally a fan of Gaiman‘s fiction (with the exception of Norse Mythology 💚), but I‘m enjoying this nonfiction collection immensely!

Daisey I haven‘t read much of his fiction, but I tend to agree with you. 11mo
britt_brooke @Daisey I can‘t stand his character names which I know is really nit picky. Urban fantasy is just not my thing, either. 11mo
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AutumnRLS
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Books I bought myself for Christmas!

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Victoriahoperose
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I love Neil Gaiman. This was a really great nonfiction collection on his writing and other writers and bits of his life. Very enjoyable on audio as well!

BarbaraTheBibliophage I listened to this and loved it. Got the hardback at a library book sale too! 12mo
Victoriahoperose @BarbaraTheBibliophage that‘s awesome! He‘s got a great voice to listen to. I definitely enjoyed it! 12mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Yeah, he could read me the phone book and I‘d be happy! 12mo
Victoriahoperose @BarbaraTheBibliophage agreed 😂😂😂😂 12mo
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KarenUK
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@Cinfhen @Billypar #NoFemmeber
“Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it.Make your mistakes, next year and #forever.”
― Neil Gaiman

Loved this book of essays on audio.... Neil has the best voice! And he‘s so passionate about all things bookish and cultural, it was such a fun listen 🎧💕

Cinfhen Sooooo good, Karen!! Love it 💕 13mo
Nute yes! Yes! YES!🧡 13mo
Billypar Such good advice! Love the drawing also 😃 13mo
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Ericalambbrown
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I really enjoyed this book. I read some, listened some. The audiobook is fantastic - Mr Gaiman is a beautiful narrator. I added some new-to-me authors to my list to check out. His interpretation of his interview with Lou Reed is a glorious little treat I didn‘t expect and is so worth a listen to if you are a fan of either. If you love Gaiman as much as I do, boys and girls, I doubt you‘ll be disappointed.

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Ericalambbrown
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Ooooooffffff. “. . . private prisons - a huge growth industry in America.” 😢 This passage comes from a talk Mr Gaiman gave on the importance of libraries and literacy to society. Fantastic collection of essays so far.

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The.Intentional.Reader
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Great thoughts by a master of the craft

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Rudis
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#readingresolutions #celebrityauthor This might be a stretch, but I feel like Gaiman has become a celebrity through his work, so it fits.

ShelleyBooksie Ive been wanting to read this! I look forward to your review. 1y
Rudis @ShelleyBooksie I actually read it a few years ago, and I loved it! 1y
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TK-421
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“...the best advice I'd been given...came from Stephen King...at the height of the success of Sandman....he saw a madness, the long signing lines, all that, and his advice was this:

"This is really great. You should enjoy it."

And I didn't. Best advice I got that I ignored. Instead...I worried about the next deadline, the next idea, the next story. And I didn't stop and look around...I wish I'd enjoyed it more. It's been an amazing ride. ?

TK-421 But there were parts of the ride I missed, because I was too worried about things going wrong, about what came next, to enjoy the bit I was on. That was the hardest lesson for me, I think: to let go and enjoy the ride, because the ride takes you to some remarkable and unexpected places.” #Relax #QuotsyAug18 #QuotsyCatchup 1y
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Seshat

"And this [believing in the Oxfordian conspiracy re Shakespeare] is chiefly a source of puzzlement to me because the British aristocracy, while it has produced more than its share of hunters, eccentrics, farmers, warriors, diplomats, con men, heroes, robbers, politicians and monsters, has never been noted in any century or era for the production of great writers."