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A Dark and Mysterious Adventure: Coraline

25 May

Calling all book readers, if you like reading dark fantasy books, then you will like this book a lot. Come join the fun, and read the ebook or listen to the audiobook from Hoopla for free! The story is about Coraline Jones. A young girl who gets to enjoy life in another world, where she has an “other mother” and an “other father.” She is unsatisfied with her new home life after she moves with her “real parents.” Eventually, all Coraline really wants to do, is explore life in the “other world.” Then, Coraline finds out that everything is not what it seems.

Join Coraline Jones on her dark and mysterious adventure to the “other world.” In a battle of wits, will Coraline Jones escape her “other mother” and save her “real parents?” Read Coraline and find out! Full of wonder and suspense, any reader will surely enjoy this other worldly story.  You can read more about Coraline and some of Gaiman’s other works in previous blog posts.

For adults who enjoy the work of Neil Gaiman consider joining us for our online discussion of his short stories which happen every Friday at 2 PM.  Click here to learn more about this Friday’s Discussion.

Written by:
Michelle Valle
Circulation Assistant

Writing Inspiration: Your Favorite Classic

22 May

Trigger Warning
Fan fiction is a popular activity online with whole communities of writers sharing works based on their favorite stories and films.  I have been running a weekly short story discussion through Discord where we discuss stories from Neil Gaiman’s terrific Trigger Warning collection (we have some really great discussions so you should join us if you are available on Friday afternoons) and some of our favorites are stories that have been inspired by other works such as “The Case of Death and Honey” featuring Sherlock Holmes or “Nothing O’Clock” set in the world of Dr Who, which we are discussing today at 2 O’Clock.

For Today’s Writing Prompt think of your favorite classic story (no longer in copyright means you don’t have to worry about intellectual property issues that pop up if you want to publish your piece).  What could have happened if the story had been set in a different time period or was told from a different character’s perspective?  An example of this would be Wicked, told from the perspective of the “Wicked” Witch from The Wizard of Oz.  Maybe you didn’t like the end of a story and you want to give it a “better” one.  Maybe a romance should have happened that did not.  Perhaps as your story unfolds it will lead to something more original and you will find your own characters or world lurking in the works of your favorite author’s.

This is a fun prompt for poets too.  I’ve written several poems inspired by other poets including one inspired by “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird” by Wallace Stevens.

Gaiman says in the opening to Trigger Warning, “Writers live in houses other people built…[those who] built Speculative Fiction, always leaving the building unfinished so the people who came by after they were gone could put on another room, or another story.”

If you love Gaiman’s work as much as I do, check out our next post on Monday about Coraline.

Written by:
Aimee Harris
Head of Information and Digital Services


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