Book Review – Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book



I’ve been a fan of Gaiman since the days of DC comics Vertigo series Sandman. I’ve also tried to study his work, to break it down and see where he gets his genius from. And here’s what I’ve determined.

He’s just that good.

Eventually one of these decades, I know that with constant practice and application, I could maybe equal a sliver of his talent. If one could whittle off talent from an amazing writer like Mr. Gaiman.

The Graveyard Book is a journey back to kids books written in a style that reminds me of the classics. Robinson Crusoe, Wizard of Oz, and the like. They were also called Chapter Books as the general formula is much like any tv series, the main story of the week is prominent, with the main larger story in the background. Further chapters bring more of the main story into the foreground.

There is some grim and dark scenes in this book, not for all readers, so Mom and/or Dad, give it a read first. You will definitely enjoy it, if you were a reader in your youth. And I’m envious of how much visuals Gaiman can present with such brevity.

The story is about Nobody. Literally. That’s his name. The general premise is a boy who gets raised by ghosts in a graveyard. How he got there? You’ll have to find out. How do ghosts raise a real live boy? You’ll have to find out.

It’s a nice light read for advanced readers. The general pacing and themes will take you back to your youth. Reminisce with great stories. For those of you who have not read Gaiman, its a light introduction. Looking for some humor in the vein of Monty Python? Check his collaboration with Terry Pratchett – Good Omens. Looking for something a little deeper? The Sandman series is a good long read, something you can really get into. The series is like an old friend you haven’t seen in a long time, you are glad to see it again and want to spend time with it.

Check it out, go to your local library. Definitely a tale for Halloween.

I’m still reading, and here,
Pearce

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