after reading stardust, i knew it was only a matter of time before i picked up another of neil gaiman's books. for a while i've had a feeling that it was going to be coraline, and then yesterday, that feeling became a reality.

i am just shy of halfway through the book, and i almost hate to say it, because i really am enjoying it, but so far my favorite part wasn't even written by mr. gaiman himself!

there is a special kind of-- i'm not even sure what you'd call it-- when one favorite author quotes another. like the feeling i had the first time i was in paris and i learned that my favorite poet, ranier maria rilke, was the secretary for auguste rodin, my favorite scupltor. as if in some parallel universe dedicated solely to my happiness, all of my favorite people who ever lived are sitting around a collection of tables at starbucks waiting for me and talking about paris.

i'm talking about the quote that opens the book. by someone i've already admitted that i think we could have been friends were he still alive. i've even quoted this particular quote here before.

no more suspense, this is the quote the book opens with:

fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten. {g.k. chesterton}

i really need to find that parallel universe...


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