The Friday 56: #6

Each week, Freda’s Voice holds The Friday 56, a booking meme. Essentially, you just grab a book, turn to page 56, post a sentence or a few sentences, and then join the link-up.

This week, I’ve been reading Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series in my free-time. I’m in the middle of the sixth volume, Fables and Reflections.

From page 56…

The Americans will be as pleased to see him dead as ourselves. Paine is useful as a rabble-rouser, but rabble-rousers are needed before revolutions, not after.

Will you kill all the poets then, St. Just? Will you kill all the dreamers?

When they have served their purpose, yes.




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  1. (sorry for the shortcut re: link-up!) “What was the contact that had been made? Some will o’ the wisp effect of a cold layer? A pillenwerfer bubble released by a U-Boat?”–The Good Shepherd, C.S. Forester

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    1. The Sandman series is a collection of fantasy comics that ran for 100-ish issue. Really amazing work. All sorts of characters and stories leaping about.


    1. I loved Neverwhere. It’s perhaps second only to American Gods as far as my favorite of Gaiman’s novels.

      Speaking of, I need to read them both again, and soon!


    1. I love this link-up! I saw it on someone I follow’s posts, and I decided to participate weekly. Easy, and really fun.

      Good Omens is one of my favorite books ever, I think. I’m terribly sad about Terry Prachett. :/

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    1. That’s the best graphic novel series I’ve ever read. Somebody (maybe Norman Mailer?) called it “a comic strip for intellectuals.” At least one of the stories won the World Fantasy Award. Published DC/Vertigo.

      Gaiman is one of the best active authors in the English-speaking world, to my way of thinking. I recommend his novels and short stories. All of them.

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    2. It’s a fantastic graphic novel series–there are 10 short collections that make up the series, and I think there are some outliers, a few short stories and such. I picked it up because I’d been hearing colleagues and friends talk about it for years but had been doing so much required reading that I didn’t have time to catch up on them.

      I’ve also picked up several of his other books lately that I hadn’t had a chance to read. He writes a *lot*, and in a range of genres–short stories to comics to novels–and I’ve really enjoyed every bit of his work I’ve picked up.

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        1. Hast thou encountered Hob Gadling yet? I cannot remember where he first appears. And yes, Dream Country is very good, if it is the one I am remembering.

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