blo Teens Read and Write: The Graveyard Book

Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Graveyard Book


The Graveyard Book
by Neil Gaiman
pub: 9/2008
320 pages

"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."


My mom found this in the library and wow, it opens with a bang. The first lines are:

"There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife. The knife had done almost everything it was brought to that house to do, and both the blade and the handle were wet."

How can you say no to a beginning like that? I snapped it up pronto.

After its epic fast-paced beginning, things slow as we watch baby Bod grow up. Fear not. The book keeps a steady pace as growing up and being rasied by things that go bump in the night is not without its challenges.

The chapters end up being short adventures Bod has over the years - perfectly summing up what abilities and knowledge he has gained. I was a little worried these little side adventures were going to be a waste of time but everything ties in at the end. I like how the things that seem meaningless to at the time help tremendously in the future (the building blocks of life sort of thing).

Wonderfully written, I'd recommend this book with the caveat that the ending is a tear-jerker... so arm yourself with tissues.

10 comments:

Krista said...

I loved this book, too! It was so much fun to read! Great review!

Faye said...

I haven't heard of this book but it looks really good. I'll check it out :D

...MY NAME IS ELENI AND I AM A BOOKAHOLIC... said...

I wanna read this book, nice review I'm sold!

Jenny said...

Sounds intriguing!

Jessica (BookLover) said...

This is one of the many books I have on my ever-growing wishlist. I'm glad you enjoyed it. I think I'll grab this one the next time I'm shopping books.

Blodeuedd said...

Good book, that I sure wish I had read instead of listening to audio (even though I totally adored Gaimans voice) :)

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I didn't like Stardust and I've avoided his books since, but this sounds great. Thanks for changing my mind about him, Alyssa!

Juju from Tales of Whimsy said...

Great review! :)

Sarbear said...

Oh my gosh, I just gotta tell you that I LOVED Supernatural yesterday, where Dean took Castiel to the strip club... that scene was hilarious! : )

Alyssa Kirk @ Teens Read and Write said...

Krista - I know! He's a great writer.

Faye - it was a fun book. So many good ones but read it if you've got the time.

Eleni - glad you liked it. Hope you enjoy the book!

Jenny - lots of fun paranormal stuff.

Jessica - like there isn't enough on our plates! Hope you get a chance to read it.

Blodeuedd - did he make the beginning sound as creepy as it read?

Sophie - reading preferences are all so subjective. This is the first of his that I have read. Hope it works for you!

Juju - thanks!

Sarbear - Ugh! I haven't seen it yet but now I'm dying to even more. I LOVE Castiel and in a strip club? Awesome! I'm away for the weekend and won't be able to watch it until Monday. Can't wait!

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