The Graveyard Book

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The Graveyard Book

PostPosted by Rayven » Tue Jan 20, 2009 1:50 pm

Neil Gaiman's newest. Young-adult fiction (yeah right).

Book is geared to young teens, but that never stopped me when it comes to his writing. A 307 page hardcover, partially illustrated by Dave McKean, took me 3 days to read.

The story is about a kid named Bod (short for Nobody Owens). The book starts off pretty grim, with the murder of a couple and their oldest child (Bod's family). Bod, who is a mere 18 months old, escapes and crawls off into the night, winding up in a graveyard. He gets adopted by a married couple of ghosts, and is raised almost entirely within the walls of the graveyard.

His acquaintances range from a dead teenage witch from the 15th century to a werewolf-slash-English-teacher...and he even gets kidnapped by ghouls at one point.

I'd recommend this book to anyone. Especially people who like Gaiman to begin with.
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LET ME TAKE YOU IN MY ARMS
DANCE WITH ME OUT IN THE GARDEN
WHERE TOMORROW NEVER COMES
FOLLOW ME INTO THE DARKNESS
WHERE THE NIGHTMARES NEVER FADE
WHISPER DREAMS MY FALLEN ANGEL
FROM WHICH YOU WILL NEVER WAKE
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Re: The Graveyard Book

PostPosted by Svartalf » Tue Jan 20, 2009 2:01 pm

American gods completely turned me off gaiman... and what he did to the script of Beowulf did nothing to endear him to me either.
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Re: The Graveyard Book

PostPosted by Rayven » Tue Jan 20, 2009 2:21 pm

Really? American Gods turned you off of his work? That's the one that usually gets people INTO his work anymore.
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WHISPER DREAMS MY FALLEN ANGEL
FROM WHICH YOU WILL NEVER WAKE
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Re: The Graveyard Book

PostPosted by PhishStyx » Tue Jan 20, 2009 2:47 pm

I found both Neverwhere and American Gods to be a bit on the predictable side. They were pretty good, but not the great new coming of urban fantasy literature that I'd been led to believe.

In my view, Charles de Lint's writing has more punch - his characters richer in tone & feeling. Neal Stephenson does the post-modern speak thing much better. And my new favorite, Hal Duncan simply outwrites Gaiman in virtually every way.
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Re: The Graveyard Book

PostPosted by Svartalf » Tue Jan 20, 2009 5:37 pm

Rayven wrote:Really? American Gods turned you off of his work? That's the one that usually gets people INTO his work anymore.

Well, it came very hotly recommended, and in circumstances conducive to reading (meaning while I was vacationing in the boonies away from a computer)... but I never quite liked what I was reading, and once it was finished, I was disappointed with it... like I often feel when a stephen king novel that had given me great hopes in the first 2/3 ends up in uninteresting dross... (but that's because king is so good at beginning stories and so bad at finishing them)
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