Wednesday, 24 August 2011

The Graveyard Book

Level: Youth
Genre: Fantasy/Horror
Obtained: Christmas present
Reviewed by: Nic Echo

About the Book:
In this gothic tale, Neil Gaiman tells us the story of Nobody Owens. It starts off with him as just an infant, and the man Jack enters the home, killing the entire family except Nobody, who escapes to a nearby cemetery. There he is taken in and raised by ghosts. Of course, living in a graveyard causes Nobody to have several several eerie adventures. "Just don't leave the graveyard," the ghosts tell him for the man Jack is still looking to kill him.

Rating: 10/10 Stars
Neil Gaiman has worked his magic again in this marvelous tale. Inspired by Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, Gaiman spins a whimsical story that both youth  and adults can enjoy. His writing style will keep you turning page after page to follow Bod's adventures. The imagination encompassed is phenomenal and thrilling. Gaiman also produces wonderful characters that come into a life of their own. Some are fun while others are frightful yet I believe neither are overly exaggerated so that they become unbelievable even in a fantasy realm. It is also nice to see that Nobody is not dark and goth like in this ghostly tale, making it where other people other than "goths" could easily enjoy it as well. Add Dave McKean's wonderful illustrations and you have a fantastic novel. This is a high recommendation for all.

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1 comment:

  1. Sounds great! Looks like I am starting to search for that book to read. :)