Review: The Graveyard Book

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

I don’t know how he does it, that Neil Gaiman fellow. He is truly a master of modern fantasy, particularly the kind that is intended for the young but perfectly enjoyable by the old. THE GRAVEYARD BOOK and the adventures of its protagonist are part “The Jungle Book,” part Harry Potter and ALL Neil Gaiman as only he could do it.
Nobody “Bod” Owens – a boy who is rescued from a murder and then raised by a cemetery full of ghosts – is a charming, sympathetic and interesting character that the reader gets to watch grow and mature. The structure of the book is such that each chapter would likely work well as a story on its own, though there is an arc that ties everything together from beginning to end. Just incredible!
It’s not often than I finish a book and feel a profound sense of sadness at having done so. But that is precisely how I felt thumbing past the final page of THE GRAVEYARD BOOK. I hope there will be more tales of Bod Owens. As a writer myself, I can only hope to one day write something as clever and endearing as this. But Gaiman and his writing have a reputation for being inspirational and the reasons why are pretty evident.
You simply cannot go wrong with this one.

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