Sep
01
2018
1

Book of the Week: Norse Mythology.

Although it’s more like that Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology (What’s it about?  Just what it says on the label, folks) is this week’s Book that I keep reminding myself to actually read so I’m using this as a reminder of the Week.  There’s no earthly reason why I haven’t read it yet.  Shoot, my wife probably has it on her Kindle, at that.  I guess it just fell through the cracks.

Welp, easily fixed.

Aug
05
2018
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In the Mail: A Study in Emerald (graphic novel).

This is, of course, the graphic novel version of Neil’s Gaiman’s classic cosmic horror story A Study in Emerald, and I could not resist picking it up.  Both Gaiman’s original story and this graphic novel manages to keep the conceit and the zinger running until the very end; I shan’t give spoilers, but it’s all very well done if you’re at all checked out on Sherlock Holmes.  By all means, acquire this if you like graphic novels.

Mar
15
2017
1

The reassuring ‘American Gods’ series trailer.

‘Reassuring’ in that I kept recognizing characters and scenes on sight, which tells me that the original novel was not an afterthought to the people who made the American Gods series. Certainly Neil Gaiman seems to be happy enough.  It’s a real shame that I’ll need to wait for the DVD for this one:

Mar
08
2017
1

‘Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Secret House’ [breathe] ‘of the Night of Dread Desire.’

I picked up Neil Gaiman’s Forbidden Brides of theFaceless Slaves in the Secret House of the Night of Dread Desire this evening as part of Date Night, which this week instead became Wife Needed To Go Be All Phd-y For Once For An Old Mentor’s Sake So Her Husband Volunteered To Drive To The University With Her So She’d Have Somebody To Talk To During The Ride Night.  Since I don’t actually speak Engineering or Robotics, I of course meandered over to the university’s college town, which is apparently now these days completely populated with fifteen year olds.  Fortunately, the comic book store was still there.

Alas, the Amazon reviews for it are not promising.  Still, it was either this or Curse of Strahd, and Curse of Strahd was fifty bucks (it’s thirty on Amazon, though*). Sometimes you just have to make the call.

Moe Lane

*I have a birthday coming up at the end of the month, and my mother and father-in-law both understand that I love me some gift certificates, so hopefully it’ll still be thirty bucks in three weeks.

Sep
14
2015
9

WHY WAS I NOT TOLD THAT NEIL GAIMAN’S ‘LUCIFER’ WAS COMING TO FOX?

I mean… this is… I don’t have cable, people. You cannot assume that somebody else has already told me things. Sometimes they do. And sometimes they don’t. This was a ‘they don’t’ situation. (more…)

Aug
16
2012
1

So my wife is flipping through The Wolves in the Walls…

The Wolves in the Walls being, of course, what Neil Gaiman writes when he sets out to write a children’s novel.  In between bouts of laughter, she says This “If the wolves come out of the walls, it’s all over.” thing must be a British saying, or something, and I reply From what I know about Neil Gaiman, it could very well be that he made it up, comfortable in the knowledge that his British readers will assume that it’s an American thing and that his American readers will assume that it’s a British thing.

Which is fine, even if true (I remain deliberately agnostic on the subject): these sayings have to come from somewhere, and Neil Gaiman’s a better source for them than most.

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Jul
12
2012
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New Neil Gaiman Sandman in 2013.

Well.

Damn.

Twenty-five years after one of the most celebrated graphic novels of all-time hit shelves, award winning and critically acclaimed author and screenwriter, Neil Gaiman, announces his return to THE SANDMAN. Gaiman made the surprise announcement, via video, at DC Entertainment’s Vertigo panel at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.  Karen Berger, Executive Editor of Vertigo, then revealed that Gaiman is paired with artist, JH Williams III (BATWOMAN) for the series, who appeared on stage to an already stunned and elated crowd. THE SANDMAN mini-series will be published by Vertigo in 2013.

I look forward to purchasing it.

Via @kevinbinversie.

Sep
12
2011
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Book of the Week: Cthulhu 101.

Simply put: if you need a book to get you up to speed on the various aspects (and available materials) of the Cthulhu Mythos, Cthulhu 101 is the book for you.  There’s stuff in here that I didn’t know, and that will inform my buying/watching/reading habits for the next month or so as I get up to speed.  Plus, it’s funny enough that I don’t dare read it while my gut heals from the gallbladder surgery.  Ken Hite outdid himself with this one, in other words.

And so we say goodbye to Murder Mysteries.  But not forgotten.

Aug
23
2011
2

Book of the Week: Murder Mysteries.

This  is perhaps a little… cheeky of me; but I’m in that kind of mood, honestly.  You see, I got told by a since-passed-the-sell-date-commenter that my little grit-in-the-Left’s-self-regard that was this post about Jane Yolen supposedly got the attention of Neil Gaiman himself*; so I think that it’s a perfect time to note that Murder Mysteries was a great graphic novel adaptation of Gaiman’s short story, which is of course one of the best stories about angels ever written. Then again, you know: Neil Gaiman.

And thus the circle closes.

In other words, Temporary Duty is signing off.

*Although I haven’t really confirmed that; you see, it’s apparently all on Facebook, and the only time I check that site these days is to find out whether they’ve fixed the lag for Dragon Age Legends.  Annnnnnnd…. no, they have not.  You’d think that they would; particularly since the problem seems mostly confined to Firefox users.

Aug
23
2009
2

Book of the week: Unseen Academials (Discworld)

And so, we go from Neil Gaiman’s Coraline to Terry Pratchett’s Unseen Academicals. No, it’s not out yet. But it will be, in about a month – which should be enough lead time for me to be able to splurge on the hardcover.

Hey, it’s Pratchett.

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