A few years ago I joined the Twitter for one very simple reason. I wanted Neil Gaiman's tweets to go right to my phone.
Not too long after that I quit the Twitter because Neil Gaiman spent a lot of time talking about his True Love, of whom I am incredibly jealous. (And also in love with. *sigh* Amanda F-ing Palmer.)

<side note, did you know that we ALL still have a chance with the Gaiman/Palmer household? They are in a very solid but Open relationship, guys. They have told us this on the internet>

This was meant to prove to you that I may have quite an obsession with Neil Gaiman. Although in retrospect the Twitter thing probably didn't say that as loudly as that side note right there.....

Anywhoo....

Here are some amazing facts about Neil Gaiman that prove that he is a stellar human being, along with some pictures of Neil Gaiman so that you can look at his super awesome face.

true love and fall leaves. awwwww

 

- Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer collectively wrote a very nice letter to their fellow authors, asking them to pretty please support small local booksellers. Want to read it? It's here.

that sure is a face.

- Mr. Gaiman's latest endeavor is a children's book called "The Sleeper and the Spindle", which pretty clearly is about Sleeping Beauty. (If you couldn't figure that out, ....we can help you.) This particular version of the story features Sleeping Beauty being awoken from her sleep by a kiss from Queen Snow White! You know how we were all really excited when we finally got to the end of Frozen and True love saved the day?? Yeah. It's like that. Gosh I'm so warm and fuzzy right now.

He wants you to read books. He doesn't care which books, just read them!

-When Mr Gaiman was asked to speak by The Reading Agency, he gave a very long speech about the importance of story, books, fiction and libraries. You can read it here. But just in case you don't want to read it all, here is my favorite quote:

"I don't think there is such a thing as a bad book for children. Every now and again it becomes fashionable among some adults to point at a subset of children's books, a genre, perhaps, or an author, and to declare them bad books, books that children should be stopped from reading........ It's tosh. It's snobbery and it's foolishness. There are no bad authors for children, that children like and want to read and seek out, because every child is different. They can find the stories they need to, and they bring themselves to stories. A hackneyed, worn-out idea isn't hackneyed and worn out to them. This is the first time the child has encountered it. Do not discourage children from reading because you feel they are reading the wrong thing." YAY BOOKS!

Seriously. Look at his hair.

 

 

-Neil Gaiman has ridiculously out of control hair. So he wrote a children's' book about it. Crazy Hair. It's so great. In fact all of his kids books are great. It's possible that this particular 27 year-old owns all of them .

 

 

 

 

Ahhhh, right. So the whole point of this is that it's Neil Gaiman's Birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GOOD SIR!
If you also love Neil Gaiman and want to do something lovely for his birthday, I can tell you just what he'd like you to do. Read. A. Book. Any book. Preferably that you picked up from the library of from that little dusty bookshop down the street. (heyyyyy look at that! We're a little bookshop sometimes! Although we are NOT dusty. We clean the heck out of this place.) Yeah. That's all he wants for his birthday. And you wouldn't want to disappoint him, would you? His hair might eat you.

He's written two Dr. Who episodes, you know. They were both AMAZING.

 

So, what do you think?