Monday, March 27, 2017

Review: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Rating: 4.5 stars
Goodreads Rating4.11 stars
Source: Library
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Summary"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."

ReviewGaiman is so innovative and interesting. There's something refined about his writing that turns his (admittedly bizarre) ideas into something elegant and memorable. I love how he combines the macabre with just the right amount of humor and heart. I thought this particular story was a little slow between the 25%-50% range, but I could not put it down for the entire last half.  A little dark, but not too scary.  Fantastic mystery, lots of endearing characters, and a wonderfully imaginative world. I doubt I'll forget this one.

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Bottom Line: Probably my favorite of Gaiman's work.  It's an elegantly written book about a really bizarre story that is touching without trying to be.  Recommended!


  1. I really want to read this. I actually want to read anything by Neil Gaiman. I've only ever read his picture book, "The Day I Swapped my Dad for two Goldfish." I liked it and I wonder if I'd like his novels too.

    1. I really like his style: both refined and completely bizarre. I think he's definitely worth a shot and hope you do read it sometime!

  2. Caiman is a hit or miss with me but I did love this one. Glad you liked it too.

    1. Me too- I really disliked View From the Cheap Seats. But I agree, this one was awesome.

  3. I love this one from Gaiman. Bod is so endearing.


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