Lately I've been doing some research for my Alternate Parenting Series on BigWorlNetwork.com so I haven't a time to read much fiction. It doesn't take long for it to pile up. Every time I work at the library I come home with a couple of books, but life gets in the way and I often return them unread. It's a blooming shame I know. Not so with Neil Gaiman. He gets a priority one spot on my book shelf. Not just because his writing is so dark and captivating, but it's also light and easy to breeze through in a couple of days. Dark and Light? You may think I'm bashing heads with my descriptions, but I'm fully aware of the opposition. It is another of my favorite Gaiman qualities - inner conflict.
The lone survivor of the mass murder of his family, Nobody is saved and raised by ghosts. He lives out his entire childhood in a graveyard. The vast chasm between good and evil provides plenty of bonding moments with Nobody and a nasty, loathing hatred for his enemies. Over all, it was a breath of fresh air amid my pile of homework.