Sunday, May 23, 2010

Neverwhere (Neil Gaiman) + Sublimation Angels (Jason Sanford)

currently reading .. a novel, a novella, and a graphic novel.

the novel is "Neverwhere" by Neil Gaiman. it's set in London, or rather: in a mirror version of it named 'London Below'. that's where Richard finds himself after falling for a girl named Door. think Alice in Wonderland, the darker version, with tube map included for orientation, and an angel who knew Atlantis, who faced what happened to it, and says: "But there could be a way that we can learn."

from London below, i moved to outer space, with the novella "Sublimation Angels" by Jason Sanford. it's a science fiction story, set far away from this earth, on a frozen planet visited by an expedition team that followed the signs of aliens, in the hope of learning about the cosmos.
there also is a features on the novella in Daily s-Press, with a link to the pdf-file: sublimation angels; and here is one of my favourite scenes: the main character tries to gather the clues and questions about their current situation, which isn't exactly allowed in this place, and then shares his questions with a chosen one.
"You truly are my twin", he [the chosen one] whispered. "I've pondered the same questions. But you forgot the most important one."
"Which is?"
"What are you going to do about it?"
Everyone else in the expedition loved it when the chosen one was cryptic and sage-like. Me, I hit him and fell asleep angrily.

reading about London Below also made me revisit another story from Neil Gaiman: "Die Traumjäger" - "The Dream Hunters" - a sublime sage-like tale, set in ancient China.

my next destination in reading?
Toni Morrison, "A Mercy", set in Colonial Virginia in 1692 :)

1 comment:

Michael said...

Belated Happy Birthday to Blue Print Review!