A dirty, smelly wizard from the 11th century accidentally time travels to the 1970’s…

… and funny situations¬† ensue.

I first heard of Catweazle this week and I love the concept of this old series (40 years). A wizard from the 11th century accidentally winds up in the 1970’s and struggles to find a way back to his own time, all the while trying to get by in a world of electricity, cars and other modernities that seem like the workings of evil forces to him. (For instance, he confuses the loud hiss of a boiling tea pot with the snarlings of a demon and ducks under a table to perform some kind of protective spell. With silly results.)

Seems silly enough to be worth watching.

Neil Gaiman is working hard…

… writing the first episode of the HBO production of American Gods, as he mentions in this blog post. This is one of those things I can’t wait to see. I wonder who will be cast in the role as Shadow, or as Wednesday, as Laura, as Mr. Nancy. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

I’ve read American Gods twice (once in Swedish and once in English) and I think it’s a great novel. A powerful story, interesting characters, great feeling. I love stories where the only thing that separates what’s real and what’s surreal is a thin sheath of glass, where anything can happen provided the characters are up to it. I’ll be posting a review within the next few days.