Saturday, September 24, 2011

Review: "The Graveyard Book" by Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard BookThe Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read this book on the recommendation of a local bookstore employee, and I am quite glad I listened.

"The Graveyard Book" follows the growing years of a young boy who wanders into a graveyard as a toddler. Someone just murdered his entire family, and wants to kill the boy as well. The ghosts in the graveyard must protect the boy, and teach him how to live.

Personally, I like the irony in learning to live from the dead.

Neil Gaiman provides more than entertainment here. He stretches his imagination (and the reader's) to envision a world just beneath our world. The shades of the living seem more alive than the living, though in the end the ghosts remain outside of time, unable to change and grow the way the living people do.

I found this book thought provoking, enticing, and almost addictive. I recommend this book to anyone over the age of 9 who likes a good story, and can suspend their disbelief.

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