On Sunday I met Neil Gaiman. Not quite “hanging” with him, but I did get up early-ish to get in line for a signature from him. I thought I was early, but some peeps had actually been there since 7 in the morning. And to be honest with you, I wish I had been there earlier (even though I was among the 20 first in line, arriving several hours before the signing started). The thing is, even though it was raining and all that, I had a great time. Met some cool people, and the time seemed to fly.
When Mr Gaiman arrived at Outland, we were in for a real treat: He started the session by reading to us from his book Fortunately the Milk! I read this book at the start of the year, and it was a fun read, but hearing Mr Gaiman read out loud from it himself, was really something special. He has such an excellent voice for readings!
I got one of my copies of Neverwhere signed, as well as the Norwegian translation of Fortunately the Milk! As for the latter one, I am thinking of giving it to someone as a gift. I haven’t quite decided yet. Anyhow, even though I forgot to tell Mr Gaiman my name for the Neverwhere signature, I got a fun signature. You can see the photo below. Neverwhere has been my favourite book for 15-20 years, and I used to have a really nice paperback copy of it. Unfortunately, I lent it to someone, and never got it back. The copy I got signed is a hardback copy, and actually a first edition published by Avon Books in 1997.
I have posted a photo of my signed book, as well as a photo of Mr Gaiman signing books at the end of this blog post. But before that, I have a video clip of Neil Gaiman, reading from Fortunately the Milk! at Outland, Oslo (Norway), 25 May 2014. Recorded by yours truly, and with the permission of Neil Gaiman.