Saturday, October 3, 2009

The Graveyard Book

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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-an ancient Indigo Man beneath the hill, a gateway to a desert leading to an abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible menace of the Sleer.

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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- ISBN13: 9780060530921
- Condition: NEW
- Notes: Brand New from Publisher. No Remainder Mark.
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 "Another super dope book from Neil Gaiman" 2009-10-03
By Todd Steck (Minneapolis, MN)
This book was great. Dark, imaginative, suspenseful, what else could we expect from this author?

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 "Enjoyed by adults too!" 2009-09-30
By Page (
I really enjoyed this book. The concept of a child being raised by those in the graveyard was well thought out and in the context of the story seemed perfectly normal. I loved that everyone there helped raise the child even though he had "specific" parents and a guardian who could move about the human world. I thought the story started out a bit gruesome for a middle school book, but it played out well. The story spans a number of years but highlighting specific events that occur throughout the child's life. At first this kind of annoyed me, but I realized each part read more like a short story and each "story" played a role in the ending. I'd would love to see a future book about Bod's life outside the graveyard.

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 "It's a great adult read as well--charming story!!" 2009-09-29
By J. E. Turicik (Plymouth, WI)
This was a great little tale about a boy who, due to the unfortunate murder of his family-grew up in a graveyard raised by the spirits and other such folk. I actually listned to the Audio book which is read by the Author who does a fantastic job. I enjoyed it so much, I've just ordered another book written by him. Looking for a lighthearted, well written story, this is the one for you.

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 "A Dance with Death" 2009-09-29
By Bird (Suwanee, GA USA)
Neil Gaiman is an author that I have recently discovered. I had heard of The Sandman series, seen Stardust (but how often is a movie true to the book that fathered it?) and I had watched trailers for Coraline. It wasn't until I found out he had teamed up with another favorite author of mine - Terry Pratchett - with American Gods that I really took notice. Boy have I been missing out! Gaiman's newest offering The Graveyard Book is a wonderful blend of mysteriously new and comfortably familiar images. Gaiman has deftly whipped up a concoction that feels like somehow, if you peek behind the corner, someone you really should remember will be waiting for you. Bod isn't like us but he isn't that far from us either. He has a `family' he has those who look out for him and support him, he has a hard time at school and girl troubles. He also has a horrific murderer out to get him. His journey from boy to young adult is a marvelous adventure. The idea of the danse macabre takes on a whole new meaning as does visiting a graveyard just to read the inscriptions. I would recommend this book to young adult readers and adult who enjoy fantasy, horror and mythology. A truly enjoyable read.

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 "A great twist on a classic theme" 2009-09-26
By Bryce Dayton (Pocatello ID USA)
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman tells the story of Nobody Owens, a young boy who fortuitously wanders off just as an assassin kills both his parents. The toddler is protected, and raised by the ghosts of the graveyard he waddles into.

A new twist on The Jungle Book, I found this book to be a real page turner. The story seemed a little too deep in places for what was going on, and a little open-ended, leaving me to wonder if perhaps there's some sort of sequel in the not-too-distant future, but otherwise, I have very little to complain about with this book. It's joined the prestigous ranks of "Books I Bought While Poor" meaning that I snatched it up for my personal collection despite my paycheck-to-paycheck lifestyle. Oh, and it won the Hugo, so obviously at least a few other people think it's a decent book.

To be honest, I haven't read much Gaiman, which makes me (and likely you) very sad. I'll be correcting that soon, starting with Neverwhere, and moving right into American Gods and Anansi Boys. I have Good Omens on my bookshelf, so I suppose I'll get to that one at some point, too.

Final Score: 9/10. A great book for younger readers, and a great way to kill a boring afternoon for adults. Enjoyable, highly readable, and quickly read.

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