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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.
Review: When I first started this book I was unsure about how I would like it. I don’t normally like books set in Britain so I did struggle with some of the slang and some of the dialect. The book follows Bod as he grows up in a graveyard. His parents were murdered when he was a baby and from then on he was raised by the ghosts of the graveyard. I was bored and wasn’t very interested during the first half of the book. The second half of the book was however very good. It had good suspense scenes and the story picked up pace. I read this book in about a day in a half because the first half of the book was so slow. The concept was very intriguing and I haven’t ever read anything like it. Neil Gaimen is the author of Coraline too if you read that I would suggest reading this book. I recently found out that there is a graphic novel of the book that I will be picking up soon. I really want to see how the illustrator perceives the world around the graveyard. I also just love when they make graphic novels for books I like because it gives me a chance to see how other people visualize the world and characters. I would recommend this book to people who like darker reads and to people who are fans of the book Coraline.I would give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars.
About the Author: I make things up and write them down. Which takes us from comics (like SANDMAN) to novels (like ANANSI BOYS and AMERICAN GODS) to short stories (some are collected in SMOKE AND MIRRORS) and to occasionally movies (like Dave McKean’s MIRRORMASK or the NEVERWHERE TV series, or my own short film A SHORT FILM ABOUT JOHN BOLTON).
In my spare time I read and sleep and eat and try to keep the blog at www.neilgaiman.com more or less up to date.