Sunday, February 10, 2008

This is a public service announcement, with guitars.

Though I've never really been a fan of his writing, I've had a soft spot for Neil Gaiman ever since he linked to some work of mine elsewhere. Shucks. However, there's something about this entry at his blog that strikes me as a little bit redundant. He's celebrating its seventh birthday, and to mark the occasion, he's making one of his novels available free to read online for a whole month! Gosh! And he wants his fans to vote for which one it'll be, the one that should act as the best example of his prose work to someone curious, who hasn't tried any before. Hurrah!

Sorry to break the spell here, folks, but there is another forum where anyone curious can try all of Gaiman's prose for free, anytime, in the handy little reading machines called books. And believe me, they're still the best system we've came up with for delivering this prose stuff. It's the public library system. Give it a try sometime, kids. It's books, for free, all the time! And hey, we've got The Sandman, too!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I had the vague idea from somewhere that Gaiman was quite pro library but - why not email him and mention it? If you get a library talk out of him you'll be laughing (happily)...
Anyone asks, it was my idea...
Agreed though that it is frustrating to think of people spending time staring at monitors to read a 'book' when they could just go to their local library and geta hold of a book... it's a bit like the previews on newsarama vs the real deal. Maybe I am still stuck in tactile 20th century mose though?
cheers
Adam
PS - I still want guitar pics btw!

Trevor said...

Hey Mark,

I am breaking away from my AACR2 cataloging homework to give you well-deserved props on the public library PSA. It's where I have read all of the Ex Machina TPBs as well as about half of the Fables TPBs. Libraries are so rad that even cataloging assignments can't destroy my fondness for them.

On a brief sidenote, I like imagining a library with large walls, no ladders, and bespectacled librarians (with elbow-patches on their blazers) crawling up the walls and hanging upside-down from the ceiling to shelve and retrieve books for customers..."libreckos" perhaps?

Mark said...

Adam: I doubt I could get The Powers That Be to spring for Mr Gaiman's flight, but if he's up for it, I'm game. Uh, maybe that didn't sound right.

And until we have fancy virtual paper like the stuff they read on the bus in MAJORITY REPORT, then books are still the best medium for readers, nothing C20th about it.

And which guitar was that again? I've ran the Sparkly Dan-oh and the recently retired CS-336 so far. Did I promise more? The Gold Top Love Rocket?

Trevor: Given the universal desire of librarians to clutter their workplaces with just as much stuff as they possibly can: I'd say it's inevitable.

Trav28 said...

ha! I'm sending this one to the missus being the uber librarian that she is and will appreciate the right level of sarcasm displayed :)