Two Gaiman shorts: Gods and Tulips; and Love, Fishie

Two more of the collection of short Neil Gaiman books which I picked up years ago in a Humble Bundle. Though in fact one of them is mainly by his daughter.

Second para of third lecture in Gods and Tulips:

And while events unfortunately proved me right, I really didn't think that I'd get away with repeating that speech today.

A collection of three speeches given by Gaiman in the early 1990s, expressing his concern that the then boom in the comics industry (to which of course he had contributed via Sandman) would ultimately prove bad for the genre. I guess the jury is still out. You can get it here.

Third poem in Love, Fishie, plus tree:

There once was a bat who was trapped in a hat,
all on an Xmas Eve.
He pushed and he squirmed,
and he found a cute worm.
The bat said to him,
"Is your name Kim?"
The worm said, "Good guess!
It certainly is, yes!"
Along came the cat,
who sat on the hat
that the bat and the worm were in!
The cat came right over and he said,
"Oh my, somebody in that cat bed,
what are you doing, oh my little friends?
Would you like to come out of there and never end?"
Just then there was a bump and a rumble and what do you know?
Someone was on the roof saying, "Ho, Ho, Ho!"
The bat cried, "Oooooh, there's Santa Claus!"
(The cat said, "Hmm, I bet I have sharper claws than him!")
And they danced and had cookies with the guy who had Claus (named Santa).

This is mostly a collection of poems by Gaiman's daughter Maddy, then aged eight, with some proud parental commentary. They're about as good as you would expect from an eight-year-old in a literary household. It is not easy to get.

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