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Neil Gaiman's "The View From The Cheap Seats" (and all the books mentioned within)

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I did it— I finally finished this book, and my life is a little less bright now that I no longer have these mesmerizing snippets of a brilliant career to fill my evenings. 

The View From The Cheap Seats is the first collection of non-fiction from Neil Gaiman, spanning speeches, essays, journal articles, and introductions to some of the best books in sci-fi and fantasy over the past 30 years.

He writes passionately and eloquently on relationships, friendships, and writing, defends libraries, gives a rallying cry for literacy, fascinates us with fantasy and mythology, and lets us get a little bit closer to some of his favourite authors, filmmakers and musicians.

I confess that my favourite sections were the ones about books, authors, writing, fairy tales, and mythology— if you know me, that won't be surprising in the slightest.

This is a book that will spawn for you the new love of dozens of other books, from classics, to modern sci-fi, tomes of mythology, and beautiful children's tales. Gaiman breathes books of every kind, mentioning more than 170 books and articles by name in this book alone.

I thought this was really exciting, and to help myself keep track of some of the things I want to read, I've assembled a list of all of the books mentioned in The View From The Cheap Seats (as best as I could, anyhow). The articles and individual issues of comic books are not mentioned because, too many. The one I'm most excited to read? Probably And to My Nephew Albert I Leave the Island What I Won off Fatty Hagan in a Poker Game, because who couldn't love that title.

Books mentioned, fiction & nonfiction titles:

  1. Carrie, Stephen King (pg. 8)
  2. A Wrinkle in Time, Madeline L'Engle (pg. 20)
  3. The Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling (pg. 23)
  4. The Silver Locusts, Ray Bradbury (pg. 27)
  5. The Martian Chronicles, Ray Bradbury (pg. 27)
  6. The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis (pg. 27)
  7. The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis (pg. 27)
  8. Diamonds Are Forever, Ian Fleming (pg. 27)
  9. The Day of the Triffids, John Wyndham (pg. 27)
  10. I, Robot, Isaac Asimov (pg. 27)
  11. And To My Nephew Albert I Leave The Island What I Won Off Fatty Hagan In A Poker Game, David Forrest (pg. 27)
  12. Pan Books of Horror Stories (pg. 27)
  13. Echo Round His Bones, Tom Disch (pg. 28)
  14. A Rose for Ecclesiastes, Roger Zelazny (pg. 29)
  15. Dhalgren, Samuel R. Delany (pg. 30)
  16. Nova, Samuel R. Delany (pg. 30)
  17. Roadmarks, Roger Zelazny (pg. 30)
  18. Dangerous Visions, Harlan Ellison (pg. 31)
  19. Shelf Life: Fantastic Stories Celebrating Book Stores, ed. Greg Ketter  (pg. 32)
  20. The Tolkien Reader, J.R.R. Tolkien (pg. 35)
  21. The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien (pg. 35)
  22. Original Plays, W.S. Gilbert (pg. 35)
  23. The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien (pg. 36)
  24. The Return of the Shadow, J.R.R. Tolkien (pg. 36)
  25. The Complete Father Brown Stories, G.K. Chesterton (pg. 37)
  26. Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell (pg. 46)
  27. Tales of the Norsemen/Myths of the Norsemen, Roger Lancelyn Green (pg. 54)
  28. Gulliver's Travels, Jonathan Swift (pg. 68)
  29. Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll (pg. 68)
  30. Outrageous Tales from the Old Testament, Knockabout Comics, ed. Tony Bennett (pg. 75)
  31. The Faces of Fantasy, Patti Perret (pg. 94)
  32. Archer's Goon, Dianna Wynne Jones (pg. 97)
  33. Dogsbody, Dianna Wynne Jones (pg. 97)
  34. Fire and Hemlock, Dianna Wynne Jones (pg. 97)
  35. The Chrestomanci SeriesDianna Wynne Jones (pg. 97)
  36. Reflections, Dianna Wynne Jones (pg. 99)
  37. The Colour of Magic, Terry Pratchett (pg. 100)
  38. William, Richmal Crompton (pg. 102)
  39. The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, Terry Pratchett (pg. 103)
  40. Nightwatch, Terry Pratchett (pg. 103)
  41. Monstrous Regiment, Terry Pratchett (pg. 103)
  42. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, series, Douglas Adams (pg. 114)
  43. Hitchhiker: A Biography of Douglas Adams, M. J. Simpson (116)
  44. Shatterday, Harlan Ellison (pg. 119)
  45. Bug Jack Barron, Norman Spinrad (pg. 121)
  46. A Cure for Cancer, Michael Moorcock (pg. 121)
  47. Deathbird Stories, Harlan Ellison (pg. 122)
  48. Angry Candy, Harlan Ellison (pg. 123)
  49. Stalking the Nightmare, Harlan Ellison (pg. 123)
  50. The Beast That Shouted Love at the Heart of the World, Harlan Ellison (pg. 124)
  51. Danse Macabre, Stephen King (pg. 129)
  52. JoylandStephen King (pg. 131)
  53. 'Salem's LotStephen King (pg. 131)
  54. 11/22/63Stephen King (pg. 131)
  55. Different SeasonsStephen King (pg. 131)
  56. The Shawshank Redemption, Stephen King (pg. 131)
  57. MiseryStephen King (pg. 131)
  58. Bag of BonesStephen King (pg. 131)
  59. The Wind Through the KeyholeStephen King (pg. 131)
  60. Doctor SleepStephen King (pg. 131)
  61. The ShiningStephen King (pg. 131)
  62. The Green MileStephen King (pg. 131)
  63. Rock Star: Adventures of a Meteorite Man, Geoff Notkin (pg. 143)
  64. The Original Dr. Shade and Other Stories, Kim Newman (pg. 149)
  65. Gumshoe, Josiah Thompson (pg. 150)
  66. Conjure Wife, Fritz Leiber (pg. 166)
  67. The Big TimeFritz Leiber (pg. 167)
  68. Selected Stories, Fritz Leiber (pg. 168)
  69. Hothouse, Brian Aldiss (pg. 170)
  70. The Brightfount Diaries, Brian Aldiss (pg. 170)
  71. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert Heinlein (pg. 171)
  72. Horatio Stubbs Saga, Brian Aldiss (pg. 171)
  73. Helliconia, Brian Aldiss (pg. 171)
  74. Non-Stop, Brian Aldiss (pg. 171)
  75. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury (pg. 180)
  76. Dandelion Wine, Ray Bradbury (pg. 182)
  77. The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, ed. Clute & Nicholls (pg. 183)
  78. The Stars my Destination, Alfred Bester (pg. 184)
  79. The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas (pg. 184)
  80. The Demolished Man, Alfred Bester (pg. 185)
  81. The Rat Race, Alfred Bester (pg. 185)
  82. The Einstein Intersection, Samuel R. Delany (pg. 187)
  83. 1984, George Orwell (pg. 187)
  84. Revolt in 2100, Robert Heinlein (pg. 187)
  85. Neuromancer, William Gibson (pg. 187)
  86. Trouble on Triton, Samuel R. Delany (pg. 188)
  87. The Motion of Light in Water, Samuel R. Delany (pg. 189)
  88. Heavenly Breakfast, Samuel R. Delany (pg. 189)
  89. Eye of the Tiger, Paul McCauley (pg. 221)
  90. The Dark Knight Returns, Frank Miller (pg. 222)
  91. Watchmen, Dave Gibbons & Alan Moore (pg. 222)
  92. Maus, Art Spiegelman (pg. 222)
  93. The Spirit, Will Eisner (pg. 222)
  94. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Alan Moore (pg. 223)
  95. V For Vendetta, Alan Moore (pg. 225)
  96. Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, Charles Mackay (pg. 229)
  97. From Hell, Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell (pg. 248)
  98. Jaws, Peter Benchley (pg. 249)
  99. The Bacchae, Eurypides (pg. 254)
  100. Deadface, Eddie Campbell (pg. 253)
  101. Alec, Eddie Campbell (pg. 253)
  102. Superfolks, Robert Mayer (pg. 258)
  103. The Kryptonite Kid, Joseph Torchia (pg. 258)
  104. Catch-22, Joseph Heller (pg. 259)
  105. Moby Dick, Herman Melville (pg. 259)
  106. Of World's Beyond, Lloyd Arthur Eshbach (pg. 261)
  107. Astro City: Confession, Kurt Busiek (pg. 262)
  108. The Monk, Matthew Lewis (pg. 265)
  109. Swamp Thing, Alan Moore (pg. 265)
  110. Batman: Cover to Cover (pg. 266)
  111. Bone, Jeff Smith (pg. 267)
  112. The Demon, Jack Kirby (pg. 276)
  113. Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth, Jack Kirby (pg. 276)
  114. The Losers, Jack Kirby (pg. 276)
  115. Kirby: King of Comics, Mark Eisner (pg. 277)
  116. Brother Power the Geek, Joe Simon (pg. 279)
  117. Prez, Joe Simon (pg. 279)
  118. Boy Commandos, Joe Simon & Jack Kirby (pg. 280)
  119. The Simon and Kirby Superheroes (pg. 281)
  120. A Contract With GodWill Eisner (pg. 286)
  121. Comics and Sequential Art, Will Eisner (pg. 287)
  122. Jimmy Korrigan, Chris Ware (pg. 289)
  123. Will Eisner's New York: Life in the Big City, Will Eisner (pg. 293)
  124. Love and Rockets, Hernandez Brothers (pg. 295)
  125. Doom PatrolArnold Drake (pg. 303)
  126. Little Nemo, Winsor McCay (pg. 303)
  127. Krazy Kat, George Herriman (pg. 303)
  128. Cerebus, Dave Sim (pg. 305)
  129. Something Positive, R. K. Milholland (pg. 306)
  130. Reinventing Comics, Scott McCloud (pg. 310)
  131. The Best American Comics, 2010 (pg. 313)
  132. Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe, Edgar Allen Poe (pg. 318)
  133. Tales of Mystery and Imagination, Alan Parsons (pg. 321)
  134. Selected Poems and Tales, ill. Mark Summers (pg. 321)
  135. Dracula, Bram Stoker (pg. 322)
  136. The Dracula Tape, Fred Saberhagen (pg. 323)
  137. Anno Dracula, Kim Newman (pg. 324)
  138. Varney the Vampire, James Malcolm Rymer (pg. 324)
  139. Carmilla, Sheridan le Fanu (pg. 324)
  140. The New Annotated Dracula, Leslie S. Klinger (p. 326)
  141. Rudyard Kipling's Tales of Horror and Fantasy, ed. Stephen Jones (pg. 328)
  142. The Island of Doctor Moreau, H.G. Wells (pg. 330)
  143. The Time Machine, H.G. Wells (pg. 330)
  144. The Science-Fiction Short Stories of H.G. Wells (pg. 330)
  145. The Country of the Blind and Other Stories, H.G. Wells (pg. 332)
  146. Information Doesn't Want to be Free: Laws for the Internet Age, Corey Doctorow (pg. 343)
  147. The Man Who Was Thursday: A NightmareG.K. Chesterton (pg. 345)
  148. 100 Great Detectives, Maxim Jakubowski (pg. 346)
  149. The Outsider and Others, August Derleth (pg. 349)
  150. Shadows Over Innsmouth, ed. Steve Jones (pg. 352)
  151. The Dream Cycle of H.P. Lovecraft: Dreams of Terror and Death, H.P. Lovecraft (pg. 352)
  152. The 13 Clocks, James Thurber (pg. 353)
  153. The Mabinogion (pg. 357)
  154. Táin (pg. 357)
  155. Not for all the Gold in Ireland, John James (pg. 357)
  156. Men Went to Cattraeth, John James (pg. 357)
  157. Votan and Other Novles, John James (pg. 360)
  158. Codex Seraphinianus, Luigi Serafini (pg. 361)
  159. Viriconium Cycle, M. John Harrison (pg. 361)
  160. Voice of the Fire, Alan Moore (pg. 377)
  161. Riddley Walker, Russel Hoban (pg. 378)
  162. Art and Artifice, Jim Steinmeyer (pg. 380)
  163. The Moth: This is a True Story (pg. 383)
  164. Evelyn Evelyn: A Tragic Tale in Two Tomes, Amanda Palmer and Jason Webley (pg. 418)
  165. The King of Elfland's Daughter, Lord Dunsany (pg. 433)
  166. Lud-in-the-Mist, Hope Mirrless (pg. 436)
  167. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, Suzanna Clarke (pg. 438)
  168. The Fairy Feller's Master Stroke, Mark Chadbourn (pg. 448)
  169. Beloved Demons, C. Anthony Martignetti (pg. 490)
  170. A Slip of the Keyboard, Terry Pratchett (pg. 502)

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Have you read this masterpiece? What are you most looking forward to reading next mentioned here, for those of you that have?