Tuesday, January 03, 2006

January the 3rd

One month after the DreamHaven signing, I find myself feeling suddenly rather guilty -- it's the photographs of people lined up round the block in the snow.... Those of you who have wondered what Greg Ketter's marvellous purple store looks like, or what the people who do the work there look like, should take a gander at

Barnes and Noble has the Anansi Boys hardback as part of its After Holiday Sale, at 50% off, online and in its shops, for the next few weeks.

Will Eisner died a year ago today, and I have to type up the introduction to the Eisner New York stories book today. Sigh.

I saw your entry about the re-issue of "Good Omens" with two different covers. Please *please* tell me that they won't have different title pages as well! I'm a cataloger by profession, and you have no idea how difficult these cute marketing ploys make cataloging a book. At the very least, libraries that get both versions will have to make some kind of a note regarding the order of authors' names on the cover. And libraries that only get one and don't realize there is another version are going to be confused. I suppose I shouldn't be whining - after all, one could look at this sort of thing as job security - but anything that increases the difficulty of clearly identifying a work adds to information chaos and helps readers not at all.Thanks.Joan, a cataloger at The Dallas Public Library

I believe they'll have the same interiors; only the cover will change.

G'day Neil, I read your interview at the back of Anansi Boys and found myself agog at the fact that you said that you never have had a nickname. What universe did you come from? I mean, (and I sincerely mean no offense), but, your last name is Gaiman, translated as Gay-man!! Hint, hint. Assuming that this was your birthname, then I can't believe that you weren't hit with every scrap of homosexual innuendo and the connotations(?) that go with it. I'm from Australia and we always found excuses one way or the other to throw a nickname at someone, always in fun of course. I don't think that we're really any different than anybody else, so, what gives?
Anyway, I'm nearly ready to read your new book, and am looking forward to it.
Kindest Regards
David Nelson

I suppose I was fortunate in having most of my schooldays before the mid-Seventies, then, or just in not having been to school in Australia...

In the Crowley and Aziraphale's New Year's Resolutions, I'm a bit confused by Aziraphale's Resolution #4. He says, "I will try to be nicer to the customers. They want to buy books; I want to sell them." I thought in the novel Aziraphale DIDN'T want to sell his books, that that was one of the gags -- that he had this bookstore because he loved books, and he didn't want to part with any of them. Am I misremembering, or has Aziraphale softened in recent years?

Elizabeth S.

Not at all. He's had Resolution #4 on his New Year's Resolutions list since the early 1870s. It's a Resolution, and is thus always completely and perfectly forgotten by January the 3rd.