Neil Gaiman’s The View From The Cheap Seats: An Early Recommendation




I do not usually recommend books before I finish them, but I will make an exception now. I have begun reading The View From the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman, and I am taken with it. In this book, Gaiman discusses a variety of topics, including books, reading, and writing, and he does it with great perspective, wit, and insight.

Here are a couple of selected quotations from this book:


“We writers–and especially writers for children, but all writers–have an obligation to our readers: it’s the obligation to write true things, especially important when we are creating tales of people who do not exist in places that never were–to understand that truth is not in what happens but in what it tells us about who we are. Fiction is the lie that tells the truth, after all.” (13)

“Albert Einstein was asked once how we could make our children intelligent. His reply was both simple and wise. ‘If you want your children to be intelligent,’ he said, ‘read them fairy tales. It you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.'” (15)


As I said, I have barely begun this book, but I am thoroughly enjoying it, and I recommend it highly. Read his book to explore a great writer’s thoughts on writing, books, fantasy, and more.




24 thoughts on “Neil Gaiman’s The View From The Cheap Seats: An Early Recommendation

  1. sheer brilliance. Wow. I was instantly catapulted back to having had fairy tales read to me as a child. The fiction in them as well as other fictional works as time went on really did teach me insight.

    love this. definitely will bookmark this and go after this book. thanks for the wise recommendation.

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  2. The problem with the book (assuming you see one) is the rudneancy in content. It exists as this strange, repetitive thing that is charming, but remains… samey. It is not bad. It is just a strange collection.


  3. If something is redundant it means it is worth repeating, generally. As a teacher or as a CEO redundancy is a key tool. For example, “Tell them what you are you going to tell them, tell them, and then tell them what you told them. Then, summarize again.” This is a standard teaching tool. Even in the Bible (new and old testament) there is constant repetition of beliefs, over and over again. People hear and learn differently, so to reach them, repetition is paramount to learning. This I think is Neil Gaiman’s POV. K. D. 🙂


  4. I’ve been a Neil Gaiman fan for years. If this book is half as good as King’s On Writing, it’s well worth the time invested to read. I look forward to hearing your take on it, Charles.


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