Saturday, 17 January 2009

My Thoughts: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman


Neil Gaiman writes another corker. The Graveyard Book manages to draw you back to the childhood sensation of discovering a new world hidden in the depths of a few hundred pages.
The book is about Nobody Owens (Bod), escaping from murder at the age of one, Bod fines sanctuary in a Graveyard. The Ghosts and The Honour guard provide him with a family and a safe place to grow up, away from those who need to come to finish him off. As Bod grows older his obedience frays and he begins to explore the town around his graveyard placing himself in danger. The danger follows his scent, leading to a climactic ending.

Neil Gaiman managed to create a wonderful sense of place in this novel, the creepy graveyard transforming to become a place of warmth, love and security. The book is classified in our library as Young Adult, but this is a book which deserves to faind many many readers.

Challenges:
The Dream King 2/6
A-Z (Title)
The YA book Challenge 2/12
999 (New Fiction) 5/81
NaJuReMoNoMo 5/5

Reviews:
Bart
Stuff Dreams are Made On
Things Mean A Lot

7 comments:

Carrie said...

I'm reading this aloud to my kids right now, and we're all loving it!

bethany said...

I have heard really good things about this book.Thanks for the review!

Oh, and I figured out my problem over at the new OT challenge blog, I posted some information on the mini-challenge you want to host this summer, here is the link to it:
http://orbisterrarumchallenge.blogspot.com/2009/01/orbis-terrarum-short-story-mini.html

Nymeth said...

I'm so glad you loved it too :D

Scrap girl said...

I really look forward to reading this. I am presently reading 'American Gods' by Neil Gaiman, which I think I got out on your recommendation. Great review!

yellojkt said...

I didn't quite get to this book this month. I really want to read it. And congrats on winning at NaJuReMoNoMo.

Simone said...
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Simone said...

I heard the author on NPR and purchased the book the next day. I cried so much when I finished the book..maybe I'm just to sentimental...anyway this was a lovely novel well worth reading

23 April 2009 15:32