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Title: The Graveyard Book

Author: Neil Gaiman

Published: 2007

Description: 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. (Taken from Goodreads)

Neil Gaiman is a phenomenal writer and storyteller and so as soon as I saw this book being bandied about Booktube I knew I wanted to read it. The intriguing premise just closed the deal.

The characters in this story are both intriguing and complex. I love that the characters were from different walks of life and time periods which made the graveyard cast so much more interesting to read about. I also enjoyed the time jumps in the book as it made passing over the mundane a simple task and allowed us to focus on his adventures.  And finally I liked that he made the graveyard a character in and of itself to be explored and enjoyed.

The main character, Bod, was such a strong individual that didn’t just take what he was told at face value and questioned everything. What I liked most about his character was that even though he didn’t always make the right decisions he always found the right way for him.

All in all I really enjoyed this book, the characters were great, the plot was interesting and the writing was amazing. Another ace in the hole for Mr.Gaiman.

Have you read any Neil Gaiman books?

Which is your favorite?

Do you think he deserves all the hype he gets?

Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading! 🙂


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