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Hi there, I’m Sven. I’m a dad, husband, musician with a thing for blogging and taking pictures. Here you find all those Articles that I sweated over writing, and shorter notes you find in the Microblog. You can learn a bit more about me and the question what’s going on right /Now is answered here. If you must you can drop me a message. 

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The Thing with the missed Blog-Anniversary

Since I renewed my WordPress.com subscription yesterday, I got reminded that I missed my Blog-Anniversary. Shame on me.

A screenshot from 2009

The beginnings of this blog are a bit in a grey zone as I remember starting blogging more or less consistently in middle of November of 2007 on the photoblog platform Pixyblog (I still remember how I set up the blog in my stupidly small teaching room with a flaky internet connection) and then eventually moved over to WordPress where I hosted for the longest, yet ever so often tried a hotch-potch of other platforms.

As said, the beginnings are a bit blurry and most of my oldest posts are lost. I did manage to recover some and my oldest at the moment dates back to August 2008.

So, for the time being this blog is either 11 or twelve years of age. Maybe one day I’ll be able to recover my oldest posts.

The Ocean(s) at the End of the Lane(s)

Much to my surprise my expected, and already delayed delivery of the illustrated edition of Neil Gaiman’s “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” somehow managed to pass through the postal-strike and arrived yesterday! Mystified about size and weight of the package I realized after opening that I have received not one but two books!

I can’t really fathom how I managed to pre-order the book twice (I actually did, had to check), yet here we are.

What is funny about this is, that one appears to be the US edition and the other the UK edition of the book, which are slightly different in size and built.

While my copy of the newly released illustrated edition of Neil Gaiman’s “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” is still in the mail, and, I’m afraid, will continue to be so for a while thanks to the postal strike, I am though happy to see that the launch-event from London (?) can be watched here. Looking forward to watch it.

Another Update on my Reading List

My two latest arrivals

Even though time is limited I try to read on a daily basis and additionally routinely forget to update the blog accordingly. But here are my latest finished books.

As I of recently “discovered” the joy of graphic novels there are few of those, with a few more that I already have waiting to be read in my shelve.

Graphic Novels

  • Neil Gaiman: The Problem of Susan
  • Neil Gaiman: American Gods Vol.2 – My Ainsel
  • Neil Gaiman: The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains

Novels and Stories

  • Arthur Machen: The Great God Pan and other Weird Stories
  • C.S. Lewis: The Magicians Nephew

Currently I’m reading a story or two in “The New Annotated H.P.Lovecraft” when I have some time also am looking into other short stories such as John Crowley’s where I read one great story in the collection which was available in the Kindle sample and now eagerly await the arrival of the used-book which I ordered the other day.

I like reading short stories at the moment, since I can read a story or two and then continue with something else next.

Reading “The Problem of Susan” reminded me that I was still unfamiliar with the C.S. Lewis “Narnia Chronicles”, and since I had the feeling that I might need a short break from gothic horror stories for a little while I started to read “The Narnia Chronicles” and enjoyed the first volume, “The Magicians Nephew” in audiobook format with the great reading of Kenneth Branagh. By now, it goes without saying that I will order also the physical books.

Over the last few months I have increasingly grew tired of reading actual books, or even worse graphic novels, on electronic devices such as Kindle or any app available on any device. Graphic novels really never appealed to me much, until the moment I hold my first physical copy in my hands a few months ago. It is like holding a piece of art in the hand.

I have a few more books coming in soon, but the current postal strike might delay their arrival, but there’s no shortage of things to read anyway.