Sunday, October 12, 2008

The Graveyard Book

I have just finished reading Gaiman's latest novel "The Graveyard Book", it it about a boy, Nobody Owens, who was raised in a graveyard by ghosts, ghosts who lived, or "stayed" rather, for centuries. Nobody, "Bod" for short, end up at the graveyard when he was a baby, he unconsciously escaped his death when he climbed and crawled his way out of their house - away from the man who murdered his family. The graveyard folks protected him from his killer by confining him in the graveyard, they gave him the "freedom of the graveyard" which made him do things a normal living boy couldn't, like fading, slipping through walls, dream walking and haunting. Bod uses his abilities to give his ghost friend a name stone, teach the bullies a lesson, and of course, revenge.

"This is an utterly captivating tale that is cleverly told through an entertaining cast of ghostly characters. There is plenty of darkness, but the novel's ultimate message is strong and life affirming." Booklist (Starred Review)

"The Graveyard Book is everything everyone loves about Neil Gaiman, only multiplied many times over, a novel that showcases his effortless feel for narrative, his flawless instincts for suspense, and above all, his dark, almost silky sense of humor." Joe Hill, author of Heart-Shaped Box

"The Graveyard Book is endlessly inventive, masterfully told and, like Bod himself, too clever to fit into only one place. This is a book for everyone. You will love it to death." Holly Black, co-creator of The Spiderwick Chronicles

"Awesome!" John Benjamin, author of F.L.I.P.

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