Friday, September 24, 2010

Neil Gaiman - The Graveyard Book synopsis: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.

  • Reading level: Ages 9-12
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st ed edition (September 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060530928
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060530921

The Graveyard Book was like a darker combination of Harry Potter and the Jungle Book. A coming of age story where a small boy Nobody Owens finds himself orphaned and being raised by a graveyard full of ghosts and 1 possible vampire (this is never really made clear) while being hunted by an assassin with a keen sense of smell. I was not a big fan of the way the book was written, meaning each chapter was in itself a short story that followed the same general timeline. Also, I wished he would have spent more time with the ghosts themselves, I would have liked to have learned more about each of them. Overall though, I loved the story and can't wait to dive into another of Gaiman's books

1 comment:

Red Tash said...

I could not put this down, and read parts of it aloud to my husband. Did you catch the reference to classic horror movies--the holy trinity of zombie, werewolf, and vampire? Only in this version, they come to save the day. Pure brilliance.

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