The Day the Saucers Came – Geoff & Amber’s Wedding Poem

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Jul 012014
 

For those who want to listen again to the “Love Poem” that Geoff & Amber had at their wedding:

The Day the Saucers Came

by Neil Gaiman

That Day, the saucers landed. Hundreds of them, golden,
Silent, coming down from the sky like great snowflakes,
And the people of Earth stood and
stared as they descended,
Waiting, dry-mouthed, to find out what waited inside for us
And none of us knowing if we would be here tomorrow
But you didn’t notice it because

That day, the day the saucers came, by some coincidence,
Was the day that the graves gave up their dead
And the zombies pushed up through soft earth
or erupted, shambling and dull-eyed, unstoppable,
Came towards us, the living, and we screamed and ran,
But you did not notice this because

On the saucer day, which was zombie day, it was
Ragnarok also, and the television screens showed us
A ship built of dead-men’s nails, a serpent, a wolf,
All bigger than the mind could hold,
and the cameraman could
Not get far enough away, and then the Gods came out
But you did not see them coming because

On the saucer-zombie-battling-gods
day the floodgates broke
And each of us was engulfed by genies and sprites
Offering us wishes and wonders and eternities
And charm and cleverness and true
brave hearts and pots of gold
While giants feefofummed across
the land and killer bees,
But you had no idea of any of this because

That day, the saucer day, the zombie day
The Ragnarok and fairies day,
the day the great winds came
And snows and the cities turned to crystal, the day
All plants died, plastics dissolved, the day the
Computers turned, the screens telling
us we would obey, the day
Angels, drunk and muddled, stumbled from the bars,
And all the bells of London were sounded, the day
Animals spoke to us in Assyrian, the Yeti day,
The fluttering capes and arrival of
the Time Machine day,
You didn’t notice any of this because
you were sitting in your room, not doing anything
not even reading, not really, just
looking at your telephone,
wondering if I was going to call.

Jan 252014
 

Neverwhere.
Neil Gaiman.
amazon.com
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Going back and reading more Neil Gaiman. Soon I may be reading the Sandman series…

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  • Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

  • Book Info

    Neverwhere
    by Neil Gaiman
    Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
    Published: 09/02/2003
    ISBN-10: 0060557818
    ISBN-13: 978-0060557812
    Started: 01/02/2014
    Finished: 02/04/2014
    Source: Library
    Format: ebook

    Publisher Synopsis

    Under the streets of London there’s a place most people could never even dream of. A city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, knights in armour and pale girls in black velvet. This is the city of the people who have fallen between the cracks.

    Richard Mayhew, a young businessman, is going to find out more than enough about this other London. A single act of kindness catapults him out of his workday existence and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and utterly bizarre. And a strange destiny awaits him down here, beneath his native city: Neverwhere.


    Author Info
    I make things up and write them down. Which takes us from comics (like SANDMAN) to novels (like ANANSI BOYS and AMERICAN GODS) to short stories (some are collected in SMOKE AND MIRRORS) and to occasionally movies (like Dave McKean's MIRRORMASK or the NEVERWHERE TV series, or my own short film A SHORT FILM ABOUT JOHN BOLTON). In my spare time I read and sleep and eat and try to keep the blog at www.neilgaiman.com more or less up to date.
    Twitter: @neilhimself


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    Jan 182014
     

    Party games had been prepared by my mother but, because nobody was there, not even my sister, none of the party games were played, and I unwrapped the newspaper around the pass-the-parcel gift myself, revealing a blue plastic Batman figure. I was sad that nobody had come to my party, but happy that I had a Batman figure, and there was a birthday present waiting to be read, a boxed set of Narnia books, which I took upstairs. I lay on the bed and lost myself in the stories.

    I liked that. Books were safer than other people anyway.

    • Page: 9 – “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” by Neil Gaiman

    As an introvert myself I understand. My books are my long-term friends. My shelves full of books bring me comfort and warm memories of good times between their covers.

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  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman
  • Books are Safer than People


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    Jun 292013
     

    Neil Gaiman came to the Crystal Ballroom in Portland to promote “The Ocean at the End of the Lane”, his latest book. He spoke, read a chapter of the book, and then spent close to 4 hours signing books. What an enjoyable experience!

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  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman
  • Books are Safer than People

  • Book Info

    The Ocean at the End of the Lane
    by Neil Gaiman
    Publisher: William Morrow
    ISBN-10: 0062255657
    ISBN-13: 978-0062255655
    Started: 06/29/2013
    Finished: 07/17/2013
    Source: Author Book Signing
    Reason: Gaiman's newest book. Traveled to Portland with my son to see the author at the Crystal Ballroom.
    Format: Hardcover

    Publisher Synopsis

    A brilliantly imaginative and poignant fairy tale from the modern master of wonder and terror, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is Neil Gaiman’s first new novel for adults since his #1 New York Times bestseller Anansi Boys.

    This bewitching and harrowing tale of mystery and survival, and memory and magic, makes the impossible all too real


    Author Info
    I make things up and write them down. Which takes us from comics (like SANDMAN) to novels (like ANANSI BOYS and AMERICAN GODS) to short stories (some are collected in SMOKE AND MIRRORS) and to occasionally movies (like Dave McKean's MIRRORMASK or the NEVERWHERE TV series, or my own short film A SHORT FILM ABOUT JOHN BOLTON).

    Jun 022013
     

    American Gods.
    Neil Gaiman.

    He was not the first whose return she had initiated; and she knew that, soon enough, the million-year stare would fade, and the memories and the dreams that he had brought back from the tree would be elided by the world of things you could touch.

    Page: 385

    Word: elide
    transitive verb
    Definition:
    1a : to suppress or alter (as a vowel or syllable) by elision
    1b : to strike out (as a written word)
    2a : to leave out of consideration : omit
    2b : curtail, abridge
    Pronunciation: \i-ˈlīd\
    Examples:
    – some unnecessary verbiage will need to be elided, but otherwise the article is publishable
    – the product presentation was not elided—it’s always only 15 minutes long
    Origin: Latin elidere to strike out, from e- + laedere to injure by striking
    First Known Use: 1796
    I do remember seeing this word once and a while. Seems like it should be spelled eleeeeded but the many ‘e‘s have been elided and replaced with a single ‘i‘.


    Source: Merriam-Wwbster.com
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