Sunday, February 26, 2017

How to Talk to Girls at Parties by Neil Gaiman

Enn and Vic are headed to a party but Enn not excited about it.  Vic always does well with girls while Enn doesn't even know what to say to them and has barely kissed anyone.  As soon as they get to the party Vic immediately hits it off with the prettiest girl there, leaving Enn with the advice to just talk to the girls.  He tries with a girl sitting alone but doesn't understand much of what she says about being a tourist here.  The next two girls are also confusing and when Vic stumbles down the stairs with his girl looking like she's on fire, it seems like these women might be more alien than expected.

I have friends who love everything Gaiman writes and I usually enjoy his pithy quotes that show up regularly in my various feeds but I guess I am not in a Gaiman-esque mindset when it comes to his books.  I did not enjoy, nor understand, what all is happening here.  I get the "girls are like an alien species" thing but I'm assuming there's more to it than that, especially with the woman who recites her poem to Enn. I'm curious to see the reception it gets from my students but it is not my cup of tea.

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