Sunday, October 29, 2017

Review: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Title: The Graveyard Book
Author: Neil Gaiman
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: September 30, 2008
Format: E-Book

Page Count: 312


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.

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod's family...

Beloved master storyteller Neil Gaiman returns with a luminous new novel for the audience that embraced his New York Times bestselling modern classic Coraline. Magical, terrifying, and filled with breathtaking adventures, The Graveyard Book is sure to enthrall readers of all ages.
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“Face your life, its pain, its pleasure, leave no path untaken.  

For the love of all that is good, can someone please explain to me how this hasn't been adapted into a Tim Burton movie yet? I'm astounded. Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book is the perfect hodgepodge of morbid murders, creepy settings, and characters bursting with life. Or death. Whatever, you know what I'm trying to say.

As the synopsis states, little Nobody Owens has been raised by a motley assortment of ghosts and other supernatural creatures. He calls an old cemetery home, and he spends his time learning all things spooky and unnatural. He sleeps during the day, and once the sun has set, he studies by the moonlight with his ghostly companions.

As strange as it sounds, I had so much fun with Bod as he traipsed around the graveyard. I gobbled up every gruesome spirit's tale and every macabre little detail. I could easily visualize every scene, and the entire novel embodies such a delightful mood. Yes, delightful might seem like an odd word to use, but I truly felt giddy about this expertly executed story.

The novel undoubtedly stands out from others of its kind. I mean, how often can you say that 99 percent of the characters in a novel are deceased? Heaps of praise to Gaiman for crafting a world in which the dead seem so very alive. The originality simply can't be overlooked. I had never picked up one of Gaiman's novels before, but after devouring this nightmarishly delicious tale, I'm eager to get my hands on more of his work.

While reading The Graveyard Book, I was overcome by the same emotions I felt when I read A Monster Calls and The Book Thief. It's like you can feel it in your bones (no pun intended) when you stumble across a book that's pure magic. I don't usually delve into the world of children's literature, but I think The Graveyard Book is a novel that can span across any and every age group.

So, in short, this book is the bomb. It's enchanting, mysterious, and downright clever in a way that most novels aren't. I've already decided to order a copy for my younger brothers, and don't be surprised if you find me thrusting it into the hands of any reader I meet.