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The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction (original 2016; edição 2016)

por Neil Gaiman (Autor)

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"An enthralling collection of nonfiction essays on a myriad of topics--from art and artists to dreams, myths, and memories--observed in #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman's 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 author's 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 Gaiman--offering a glimpse into the head and heart of one of the most acclaimed, beloved, and influential artists of our time"--… (mais)
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Título:The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction
Autores:Neil Gaiman (Autor)
Informação:William Morrow (2016), Edition: 1st, 544 pages
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The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction por Neil Gaiman (2016)

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If a "currently listening to" box was available I would have checked that.

Just an hour or two in and loving it. Narrated by Mr. Gaiman himself. Makes you wish he was a friend. He's funny, kind, and brilliant. ( )
  ChrisMcCaffrey | Apr 6, 2021 |
As much as I enjoyed reading the essays, articles, speeches, and ephemera in this book, I found it a touch trite. Anyone who has been a fan of Gaiman will have read the majority of the familiar pieces (for god’s sake, Make Good Art has its own book!) through his blog or through links on the internet, and I found that the less familiar pieces were that way for a reason. The majority of the later are introductions to other writer’s books, commentary on music, and the like which I found rather uninteresting because I had no connection with the topics that he was discussing. Sure, it’s an opportunity to discover authors, music, and subjects that Gaiman personally enjoys, but most of these aren’t really a secret if one reads his blog anyways so I ended up skipping much of this material. That being said, if one self-selects away from these sections of the book there’s plenty of interesting material that if slightly better selected would have garnered this review a slightly more positive spin. Gaiman’s discussions of libraries, the value of reading, and on the tropes of various genres (mythic/fantasy literature and comics being the forerunners) are classic pieces, and I only wish that he (and his editors) had chosen to dedicate this collection along those specific lines rather than presenting a selection of varying materials. But there’s always time for that as Gaiman continues to write, make speeches, and blog about all things under the sun (and the moon) - more than enough for another selected collection, I’m sure! ( )
  JaimieRiella | Feb 25, 2021 |
Oops! This is not what I thought it was. Marking it one star because I started and don’t want to finish and that’s how I normally rate books. Maybe if I was a huge Gaiman fan, I would love it. ( )
  pmichaud | Dec 21, 2020 |
An intellectual, witty, and provocative collection of introductions, speeches, and op-eds. The last section is particularly wrenching--especially the essay on his son's namesake and his tribute to Terry Pratchett. ( )
  DrFuriosa | Dec 4, 2020 |
I admit, that I came late to Neil Gaiman's adult work. I was a children's librarian so of course I read his books for that audience. Now, I've starting to get into his adult work, and this is a nice introduction to his fiction, his voice, and his wit. His past as a journalist serves him well here as the pieces display his curiosity and passion for books, for stories and for life. ( )
  Colleen5096 | Oct 29, 2020 |
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"An enthralling collection of nonfiction essays on a myriad of topics--from art and artists to dreams, myths, and memories--observed in #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman's 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 author's 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 Gaiman--offering a glimpse into the head and heart of one of the most acclaimed, beloved, and influential artists of our time"--

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