Books I Read: The Graveyard Book

Title: The Graveyard Book
Author: Neil Gaiman
Genre: YA Horror/Fantasy
Published: 2008
Content Rating: PG for scary situations

An orphan grows up in a graveyard, raised by ghosts, but is the man who killed his family still after him? (This, by the way, is what we call a high concept novel).

I love Neil Gaiman. Love, love, love, love. He's got this gift of turning the mundane into something magical, while simultaneously making the fantastic seem perfectly reasonable. So even when the climax felt slightly predictable -- essentially each element of the boy's life came into play to help him win -- it was so much fun I didn't care. (Besides which, the resolution mattered more to me than the climax. It's not like I ever thought Bod would lose.)

I'd recommend this to pretty much everyone. I'm even going to read it to my kids, but... probably not until they can handle scary better. I'm still having trouble telling the Passover story in a "this is scary but it's okay" kind of way.


fairyhedgehog said...

It is indeed a wonderful book.

vic caswell said...

dah! i SO want to read this book! lol about the kiddos and the Passover story! so true!

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

I read the first few pages and was scared (I was in the bookstore, so I put it back). I know, I'm a wimp. But I need to try again, just because Gaiman is so talented.

Thanks for the reminder!

Myrna Foster said...

I loved this one too, especially the villains.

Christina Lee said...

I agree, a book to be treasured!

The Writer said...

Love Neil Gaiman as well! Read the Sandman Series...just amazing.

Adam Heine said...

Oh man, Holly Ann, Sandman is the thing of his I want to read the most! But I can't justify the $140 Amazon is asking for all 10 volumes :-(

A.L. Sonnichsen said...

I loved this book, too! But yeah, even the cover scared my children.