I've always been fond of slightly dark fantasy adventures about children, whether written by Lewis Carroll, Edward Gorey, Roald Dahl, or J.K. Rowling. Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book is certainly of that same vein and is worthy to sit upon the bookshelf among those authors mentioned above. The novel is a Gothic coming of age story, modeled on Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, and tells the story of a young boy, Nobody Owens, whose family was murdered when he was a baby and as a result he grew up in a cemetery, raised by ghosts and his godfather, a vampire. The book is beautifully melancholic and contains wonderfully quirky characters and an equally sinister group of villains. Certainly, the book is reminiscent of other young adult fantasy novels (the Harry Potter series being the obvious comparison), but Gaiman is an eccentric and more than intelligent enough to avoid any cliches or to allow his characters to become two-dimensional. Here is a novel that is at once delightfully somber, but that contains all of the wonderful, awkward, and memorable moments of growing up as an outsider.
Perfectly-paced storytelling from Neil Gaiman and stark illustrations from Dave McKean combine to make this a fantastic, enjoyable quick read. I have always found that McKean's art evokes imagery from Gaiman's tales incredibly well, with their sharp, almost woodcut-seeming black lines, and this is certainly the case in The Graveyard Book, as in Coraline. Though the story opens with serious action, it takes a bit of reading before one becomes truly absorbed by the … more
Once again, with imaginative and narrative skill, Neil Gaiman has created a children's book unlike any other. At once gothic and phantasmagoric, it is still, at heart, a children's story with perhaps a literary nod to C.S. Lewis and H.P. Lovecraft. At the beginning of the story a murder happens which leaves the lone survivor-a male toddler-moving out into the open towards a cemetery which is inhabited by a band of spirits from all generations. Once in the graveyard, the spirit … more
First I want to say how wonderful it was to listen to Neil Gaiman narrate this audio. I love his wry humor and wit, and this book doesn't disappoint. 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 … more
The concept of this story is refreshingly unique considering the current trend of writing about monsters and death. The life of the protagonist as he grows up in the graveyard, makes for an interesting story, but the other characters are what make this book a must read. The book also takes the reader into other worlds as we travel along learning life lessons with Nobody Owens. This book is not just for kids, its a great read for all ages.
Pros: Interesting idea. Cons: Weak storyline. The Bottom Line: If this were a meal, it would be missing a lot of meat and potatoes. Sometimes I wonder if I must be missing something when it comes to some of the books I read. I enjoyed Hyperion while everyone around me went nuts trying to read it. American Gods grated endlessly on my nerves while others raved about it. I guess in the end it just depends upon … more
This is a an engaging, interesting story. I was always together with Bod. The ending in a way disappointed me, but it also made me feel food since it was unexpected and that's what you expect from great writers.
The adventures of Nobody "Bod" Owens while having the run of the graveyard... this was such a simplistic and enjoyable read. It felt like a very long short story - only because it was written in a way that each chapter was a story of it's own--even though it dealt with the same characters. There was a thread that ran through them all, but it was mostly in the background. Yet the end tied it all in and left me very satisfied with the outcome. I loved that we watched Bod being raised, nurtured and … more
The Graveyard Book is a young adult fantasy novel by Neil Gaiman. The story is about a boy named Nobody Owens, whose family is killed by a mysterious man named Jack, and who is subsequently adopted and raised by the occupants of an old graveyard. Gaiman's first full-length children's novel since the bestselling and widely acclaimed Coraline, The Graveyard Book won the 2009 Newbery Award.