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Friday, October 24, 2014

Gifting the Whole World

Yesterday seemed like a good day to hang out at the local bookstore; have a cappuccino; and peruse the possibilities of books for gifts during the upcoming holiday season – something I highly recommend (both the hanging out part AND the books as gifts part).

I’ve always liked British author Neil Gaiman's quote on giving books as gifts.   He noted, “Books make great gifts because they have whole worlds inside of them. And it's much cheaper to buy somebody a book than it is to buy them the whole world.”

Gaiman wrote both The Sandman series and the multi-award-winning The Graveyard Book, which is another great example of a really interesting idea being brought to life (so to speak) through a writer's imagination.  The protagonist is a young boy who lives in a graveyard where he’s being raised by the occupants (yep, those occupants).

Storytelling is limited only by the depth of a writer’s imagination.  So, fire up the old computer and Happy Writing!

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1 comment:

  1. Last weekend we had a chance to hang out at a bookstore I think you'd like in Columbus, Ohio. It's called the Book Loft, and is located in the German Village part of town, where incidentally you can get a mean reuben sandwich. Anyway, this store is a rambling assembly, a maze really, of no less than 32 rooms, all interconnected winding upstairs and down, with each devoted to its own subject matter specialty! It's a little slice of book browser's heaven!