This is just too adorable not to share. <3
Death in particular is made of cute
and I love what Destruction is doing to Destiny's book. XD Their expressions are priceless. <3
On a vaguely related note: I have the entirety of the Sandman
comics (except for The Little Endless Storybook
, The Dream Hunters
and all the The Dreaming Presents
miniseries and the two Death comics), the Lucifer
comics and the Hellblazer
comics (up until issue #260, I believe) in my computer. :D
But when it comes to actual
books, real comics and graphic novels I can touch and put on my top shelf, I only have... The Comical Tragedy or Tragical Comedy of Mr Punch
by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean, Neil Gaiman's Mr Hero The Newmatic Man #9
(a slim little comic issue still pristine in the plastic sleeve it came in), Marvel 1602
by Neil Gaiman, The Books of Magic
by Neil Gaiman, The Books of Magic Volume 1: Bindings
by John Rey Nieber, Lucifer: Inferno
(Vol 5) by Mike Carey, Lucifer: Evensong
(Vol 11) by Mike Carey, The Sandman: Season of Mists
(Vol 4) by Neil Gaiman, The Sandman: Fables & Reflections
(Vol 6) by Neil Gaiman, John Constantine, Hellblazer: The Gift
(Vol 24) by Mike Carey and John Constantine, Hellblazer: India
(Vol 32) by Peter Milligan.
I still feel that e-books are not, somehow, as real
as actual paper books that I can touch and stroke and smell and slip bookmarks into and slide into place on my shelf. And pretty
books have a charm all their own. Yes, one shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but what if you know
a book is really nice and a limited edition with a gorgeous cover comes out?
Anyway, I once bought an NIV Bible just because it had a pretty denim cover. XD (and it was more expensive than my Zondervan KJV Bible despite being a quarter of the size)
yes yes I know, Aziraphale was an angel, but he also worshipped books, shush :P
So yes, despite the fact that I already have the Sandman
comics in CBR format, I plan to one day own all four real Absolute Sandman
volumes, plus the lovely bookends
. I'm also hoping to get all the Lucifer
volumes. And of course I'd love to own all the Hellblazer
volumes, but I think I may need a new bookcase at this rate. XD Especially if I want to own all the Discworld
books too - I have the entire set as e-books, but less than fifteen actual DW books. A bookcase made of sapient pearwood would be awesome. 8D
Sigh. I don't want money for its own sake. To me money = books. XD Reminds me of an incident in one of the malls of Dubai, when we were all walking back to the carpark after yet another day spent shopping. My uncle had just surprised me with a huge, gorgeous book, The Treasures of Ancient Egypt
by Jaromir Malek. I had seen it in the bookshop earlier but the price tag had scared me off, and I was over the moon with joy when a short while later he handed a bag to me saying it was my Christmas present and I pulled that very book out.
So we were walking towards the escalators leading to the carpark when we passed Tiffany and Co, and my uncle pointed to it and commented, "You know, most girls would want gifts from there instead."
Me: *still hugging the book to my chest* Well, I'm not most girls. Anyway, you should be happy, books are cheaper than diamonds.
Uncle: *laughs* Yes, well. Whenever I go to the US my female friends always jokingly ask for something from Tiffany and Co.
Me: That's silly. I mean, noone's going to look at my neck and see what brand my necklace is.
Uncle: That's an interesting point of view. And true.
I'm supposed to not be attached to materialistic things, as a Hindu, but I am far
too attached to my books and I want more. XD It's lucky there isn't a Commandment saying Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's books
... come to think of it, I have a dreadful fondness for tartan - like most Good Omens
fangirls, at least - and call people 'dear'... I'm doomed. And astonishingly happy about it.