October 31st, 2006


Gaiman Bits

Fragile Things by Gaiman has more of the spookiness and edge that I remembered, plus a whole lot of unresolved endings. Some of them were good that way, some just felt... left, I guess. Nothing more to say.

But the short form is very, very much a stronger point for him than the novel forms, from my point of view. I enjoy the novels, but they don't unsettle, rethink the way his short works do.

I also managed to get a copy of the Mirrormask book from the library and it's nice. *grin* I like the real cut in the one phrase at the beginning, and the resolution was very solid and good and settling. An Spider story with some of the same laughter and terror but not the "wrong" ending, not a Tiger story. I liked it. Hensonesque, perhaps, lost its edge perhaps, but I enjoyed it. :-) I'll likely enjoy the movie as much, and now feel like Jet could see it and not worry.

We saw Jet off to the bus this morning with his Pumpkin Head on, and he was happy enough with it. The other kids thought it was cool. For all that "pumpkin head!" is a mild put down by some, I don't think Jet has that in mind at all, and is enjoying the fact that most people think it's really cool and a little funny. :-) I like his world a lot.

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My shoulder is aching. I got my tetnus booster in it and I couldn't sleep well on it.

I had Okami dreams. Fire and swords with blood and demon pieces everywhere to the sound of taiko thunder and wooden flutes, with the occasional cool blessing of a green grove with cherry blossoms and sparkling lights on green clovers, mermaid pools whirling silver under constellations of animals in white. Everywhere was a battle and I ached but even amidst the violence and chaos it was a good feeling to heal the land when I could...

I think that one of the reasons why this game appeals to me so much is that it plays on one of my deepest theories for how life works, "The world sucks. You can fix the world, but you have to pay the price."

Jet's coming to work with John, and the work place is putting together candy stations for all the kids. Should be fun.