I am utterly completely and totally besotted with Neil Gaiman as a narrator. His voice gives me the shiver sin the best way — I am listening to Norse Mythology off and on at the moment. And then I find out he’s offered to read a Cheese Factory Menu for donations to a UNHCR charity AND Dr Seuss’ Fox in Socks for the same.
That said, I most certainly do not have a Neil Gaiman book for review. Alas.
What I do have are these:
It’s the cover on this that made me stop and take a look at this — the skull especially. And then it’s set in Las Vegas and then, it’s about Nikki — whose dad is on death row for killing his best friend. All Nikki wants is out of Vegas, however, that kind of goes out the window when her dad gets released from prison. And drags her along as he investigates who set him up. I’m somewhat mystified as to why her father is so nameless in this. But Nikki intrigues me — why is is just her and her father? And, who would have set him up and what what is this seedy underbelly that he’s dragging her into??
Definitely one of the quirkiest titles I’ve seen in a long time — and that it pays homage to Agatha Christie is an added bonus, along with the fact that it’s showbiz satire! So nine comedians are convinced to come to the island retreat of a legendary Hollywood comedian, but the problem is the legend that invited them isn’t there. The only person there is the one killing them off. So yes please — and island and nine suspects? OR nine and counting down number of suspects!
This is one of the more original plots I’ve seen in a long time. Lily is a psychiatrist who happens to have a 200 year old patient, that claims he’s the inspiration for Frankenstein, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Dracula, which seems to be on time considering the monster movie universe that is just being set up. But Lily and her “dad” are still far more original, I think! What the hell is up with her dad, mum and herself???
This next one, I don’t know about. On the one hand it seems like an impossible scenario that kind of sounds like it might be frustrating but… but I want to be hopeful…
How do you solve a mystery when you’ve forgotten the most important clue? A woman, your girlfriend, who happens to have the very interesting talent of being able to erase a person’s memory. But she’s left our hero, Harvey, the memory of a woman in a blue dress — a dancing woman. So who is Sally? And how does Harvey find her? And what is the war that he can’t win?
And last, is the story of a tattoo machine that changes everything as we know it. Alternative 60s history anyone?
Adam invents a machine that changes the course of history — a tattoo machine that inks the skin of people with with revelations, the kind that changes who they are (like you know, helping John Lennon love the Beatles). Into Adam’s life comes Venter (and his family), who becomes his protege. He is the one who records what people feel and think after being inked with their revelations. And takes an oath for himself never to reveal what his machine inks on a person’s skin. But what does he do when the government comes asking about the mark on the arm of his best friend. Another unusual plot, and I feel like it’s going to be quiet read, but it’s probably going to leave a wreck by the end! What would your tattoo revelation be?? Wait, would you get a tattoo??