Jun 1, 2007

Memorable Book Quotes #4 and Some Ramblings

There are only two worlds - your world, which is the real world, and the other worlds, the fantasy. Worlds like this are worlds of the human imagination; their reality, or lack of reality, is not important. What is important is that they are there. These worlds provide an alternative. Provide an escape. Provide a threat. Provide a dream, and power; provide refuge, and pain. They give your world meaning. They do not exist, and thus they are all that matters. Do you understand?
Neil Gaiman - Books of Magic

This, along with the Sandman quote on my sidebar, is one of my all-time favourite Neil Gaiman passages.


And now the ramblings - Finals are approaching dangerously, and I've been SO busy lately. I have to study all the time, and so my pleasure-reading time has been cut to 45 minutes after lunch. I've been reading Jack Zipe's anthology of Victorian Fairy Tales, and I'm loving it so far, but progress has been slow. The Norwegian Folktales are on hold for the time being. I have Pamela Dean's Tam Lim waiting for me, and I wanted to start To Kill a Mockingbird today, but unfortunately it won't be possible.

So many wonderful books I want to get started with, and so little time to read! There are only 20 days left until Midsummer, and I there's still A Midsummer Night's Dream to read. And I also wanted to squeeze in a re-read of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere, and also maybe his Dream Hunters or/and The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale. I think I'm going to order the last two anyway, because even if I don't complete them before the end of the Once Upon a Time challenge, they will be delightful summer reads anyway.


  1. Oh no! Only 20 days left! That's scary. I don't even know if I'll finish A Game of Thrones by then. What an intimidating book! But it's great so far. I highly recommend The Dream Hunters. It's a quick read and a gorgeous book. You'll love it.

    Love the Gaiman quote. Very fitting for this challenge. I haven't read Books of Magic yet, but it's sitting on my bookshelf. It'll be read shortly :)

    Good luck on the finals!!

  2. That's a great quote! I'm sorry you're slowed down by finals, but won't it be nice to have them over and be able to read, read, read?! Good luck on the finals!

  3. Chris: It's thanks to your review that I am determined to get Dream Hunters at last.

    I think you'll really like Books of Magic. That passage I posted is said by Titania, Queen of Faerie. It's a really cool story.

    And thank you!

    Robin: It surely will! I can't wait for the Summer. And thank you!

  4. Wow, I really do love the Neil Gaiman quote. Sadly I haven't read any of his books but yesterday I managed to pick up one, "Coraline", at a church sale.

    Good luck with the exams!!!

  5. Lotus, I think "Coraline" is the PERFECT introduction to his work! I'd love to know what you think of it when you read it.

    And thank you :)

  6. Wish you all the best on those finals!!!

    I am not wishing the time away, but I'm looking forward to the end of the challenge to give the other prizes away!!!


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