September 11, 2002

Neil Gaiman on writing

Books have sexes; or to be more precise, books have genders - I always find it interesting to hear how books start and how the process of writing goes for different people. And since I’m in the middle of reading American Gods I thought this was a timely link.

The book is very good, compulsively readable (I love that phrase: "a real page-turner"), and reminds me in its sprawl of some of Clive Barker's work. But Barker's prose always felt very clinical to me. I can't put my finger on why or give examples (it's been 10+ years since I've read a book of his), but there it is. Gaiman's book isn't like that, it has a vibrancy and messiness I find attractive.

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