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EP010 Neil Gaiman “The Graveyard Book”

The horse paused beside the obelisk. In the east the sky was lightening gently, a pearlish, pre-dawn luminescence that made the people of the graveyard uncomfortable and made them think about returning to their comfortable homes. Even so, not a one of them moved. They were watching the Lady on the Grey, each of them half-excited, half-scared. The dead are not superstitious, not as a rule, but they watched her as a Roman Augur might have watched the sacred crows circle, seeking wisdom, seeking a clue.

And she spoke to them.

In a voice like the chiming of a hundred tiny silver bells she said only, “The dead should have charity.” And she smiled.

. . .

Mother Slaughter and Josiah Worthington, Bart., accompanied Mr. Owens to the crypt of the old chapel, and they told Mrs. Owens the news.

She seemed unsurprised by the miracle. “That’s right,” she said, “Some of them dun’t have a ha’porth of sense in their heads. But she does. Of course she does.”

Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book (HarperCollins, 2008), 30, 31.


Edition Reviewed

Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book


Links of Interest

Gaiman’s Website about himself and his writing

His Journal

EP009 LiesSpeakingTruth

Gaiman talks about Graveyard Book

Neil Gaiman, again on Graveyard Book

Bela Fleck and Ben Sollee performing Danse Macabre 

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H.G. Wells, War of the Worlds

EP009 Ruyard Kipling “The Jungle Book” and “The Second Jungle Book”

‘Ay, roar well,’ said Bagheera, under his whiskers; ‘for the time comes when this naked thing will make thee roar to another tune, or I know nothing of Man.’

‘It was well done,’ said Akela. ‘Men and their cubs are very wise. He may be a help in time.’

‘Truly, a help in time of need; for none can hope to lead the Pack for ever,’ said Bagheera.

Akela said nothing. He was thinking of the time that comes to every leader of every pack when his strength goes from him and he gets feebler and feebler, till at last he is killed by the wolves and a new leader comes up—to be killed in his turn.

‘Take him away,’ he said to Father Wolf, ‘and train him as befits one of the Free People.’

And that is how Mowgli was entered into the Seeonee Wolf-Pack at the price of a bull and on Baloo’s good word.


Edition Reviewed

Everyman Edition of The Jungle Book

The Second Jungle Book in Digital Form


Links of Interest

Wikipedia on the Book

Notes from Neil Gaiman


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Neil Gaiman, Graveyard Book