THE GRAVEYARD BOOK

20 Aug

Neil Gaiman (1960 – ) is one of those authors who, just when you think you’ve compartmentalized him, shows up with a new face. He writes extraordinary Young Adult fantasy fiction, and flawless brilliance in the adult genre that will just blow you right out of the water. His words create such a vacuum that you totally forget you’re reading.

I read this book a while back, so yesterday as I was staring at my book shelves (I’m kinda creepy that way) I noticed it and decided to give it a review. I remember that it took me all of two nights to finish.

This is the story of Nobody (Bod), a toddler who is adopted by resident ghosts in a graveyard after his parents and sister are violently murdered. Something sinister is brewing in the back-story as the murderer, years later, reappears to finish what he started, and searches for the boy who got away.

Heart-breaking, haunting, dark and funny. I love the despondent beauty of graveyards, and this book is a magical tour of despondency.

 If you liked Coraline, you’ll love Nobody.

YA Fantasy Fiction; 320 pages – Harper Collins first edition 2008

The Graveyard Book is a winner of both the Newbery Metal and the Carnegie Metal
(illustrations by Dave McKean)

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