The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard BookNobody Owens is a completely normal boy…

Except for the fact that he lives in a gaveyard, being raised by ghost and a mysterious guardian who is neither dead or alive. “The Graveyard Book” follows Bod’s story from discovering the Indigo Man under the hill, a gateway that leads to an abandoned city, and the mences known simply as the Sleer; however, if Bod ever leaves the graveyard his life will be in danger, for the man Jack is still hunting for Bod in order to finish what he started.

The Graveyard book is the first book by Neil Gaiman that I have read, and I can definately say that it has made me want to pick up more of his books. Gaiman, shows a mastery at narrative, adding in plenty of suspense and humor into every sentence, so lets get started.

The World

So like with Terry Pratchett’s “The Color of Magic”, I felt it important to talk about the world that Gaiman create in this book, and that is essentially what the graveyard that Bod calls home is. It is it’s own unquie little world, with it’s own set of rules, and is inhabbited by a number of spectures. It is a hauntingly beautiful world that Gaiman creates as the center focus of the novel, and he does a fantasic job in painting the picture.

The Plot

One of the first things I noticed about “The Graveyard Book” is that it reads almost like a television series, or a comic where every chapter is it’s own little story leading up to a conclusion. The reader gets to follow Bod on all of his adventures both inside and outside the graveyard, that will have the readers desperate for more. The plot was woven masterfully, and all of the threads where tied together is a nice little bow with no loose ends, but that doesn’t change that fact that it leaves me begging for more!

The Characters

The cast of characters in “The Graveyard Book” who both hilarious, and interiging with a wide veriety of personalities.From the silent and mysterious guardian Silus to the goofy and loveable Mr and Mrs. Owens.

five-starsOver all it is plainly obvious as to why Neil Gaiman’s “The Graveyard Book” Won the Newbery Award for children’s literature, and it is definately a must read for everyone young and old.


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