Topping Books was way too small to accommodate the sort of crowd Neil Gaiman draws, so the event was moved to The Forum
concert hall. It was packed out. Me and my friend arrived early so we managed to sit near the front and had a great view of the stage.
Neil Gaiman's book launch was, as you'd expect, brilliant. He's so charming and understatedly funny. He started out with a reading from The Ocean at the End of the Lane
, which sounds equally charming and, again, as well-written as you would expect. I have my copy of the book and I can't wait to start reading, possibly later today, if I can get all my work done.
Neil talked about how the book came about, saying that he originally started it as a short story for his wife who was away in Australia at the time, kind of a love letter because he missed her. But it soon became a novellette, and then grew into a novella, and when he was done and did a word count, he realised it was actually a novel. That's quite a love letter!
One of the most interesting parts of the evening was the audience Q&A. Neil explained at the start what a good question was (short, to the point) and what a bad question could do (make an audience angry). That got some laughs. Someone asked about the Good Omens
TV show, and Neil said that there was nothing about Good Omens
that he could talk about on stage. The wink was so heavily implied that everyone started clapping and cheering. *squee*
I took a few photos, which I'll ( pop under this here eljay cut )
Staff were giving out flyers about up-coming events and I noticed Margaret Atwood is going to be in Bath in August. So it looks like I'll be going back there soon for more author goodness.
♫ 5-HT (Loadstar Remix)
, by The Good Natured.