16 October, 2011

The Graveyard Book - Review

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Publication date: 01 October 2008 by HarperCollins 
ISBN 10/13: 0060530928 | 9780060530921

Category: Middle Grade Ghost Story, Fantasy Fiction
Keywords: Orphan, Ghosts, Suspense
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audiobook

From goodreads:

After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod's family...

Beloved master storyteller Neil Gaiman returns with a luminous new novel for the audience that embraced his New York Times bestselling modern classic Coraline. Magical, terrifying, and filled with breathtaking adventures, The Graveyard Book is sure to enthrall readers of all ages.

Kimberly's review:

After a tragic event and a narrow escape from a man named Jack, an 18-month-old baby finds himself adopted by the ghosts of the local graveyard. He grows up to be known as Bod, his full name "Nobody," and the novel follows young Bod from his rescue into his teenage years. As he grows more curious and fascinated with the outside world, his ghostly family watches his transformation, and experience what they haven't had in years- growing up.

A haunting and amazing adventure, Bod's got a strong voice and his adventures and growing pains are very real. His band of ghostly parents are vivid, both physically and character wise. Like other Gaiman writing, this book is suspenseful, spooky and creepy. I couldn't help reading late into the night, craving to know what was next for Bod. And for the man named Jack, who has come back to finish what he couldn't complete years ago. (The man named Jack still sends chills up my spine. Even in the middle of the day.)

For me, Gaiman's writing impacted me the most in this novel as well as Coraline. I don't know if I'm just partial to his Middle Grade/Young Adult writing more than his adult writing. Or if these stories transport me to a time long ago when I was a kid reading ghost stories under my bed with a flash light, scaring myself awake for many sleepless nights.

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  1. I loved this book! And Coraline: scariest book ever, no kidding. I agree, there's something about his writing for younger people that's both more engaging and more intense, like he boils down all his imagination and gives you nothing but the best bits. Have you seen his picture book, Wolves in The Walls? Illustrated by Dave McKean. Brilliant.

    I did really enjoy Good Omens, an adult novel I guess--his collaboration with Terry Pratchett. (how could it not be good!) (I also prefer Pratchett's MG/YA stuff over his adult books: the Tiffany Aching books are great.)

    Oh, and if we're squeeing about Neil Gaiman, I have to say that I loved the Doctor Who episode he wrote!

  2. I finally just read this book about a month ago. I had it on my shelf forever and forgot all about it. I liked it, but it wasn't as amazing as I thought it was going to be. I haven't read Coraline yet, but I do have it and I'm anxious to see the differences between the book and movie.

  3. I've been wanting to read this and can't believe I haven't yet :( I'm determined to get me a copy before Halloween so I can stay up reading :)