“The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman
Publication Date: September 2008
Number of Pages: 320
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. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod’s family . . .
“The Graveyard Book” is the first book read for Carl’s RIP Challenge – yes read before the official start date, but he DID say we could start early! Anyway while I liked reading the book I wasn’t exactly impress with it in the end. Nothing much happens for most of the book and even when stuff does happen it’s vaguely described and there isn’t a lot of excitement either way. On the other hand I really liked all of the main characters – they were well developed and I enjoyed reading about them – with the exception of the bad guys who were still pretty vague. I think I feel about this book similarly to how I felt about Gaiman’s book “American Gods” which I reviewed previously. My enjoyment of the characters kept me reading even though I wasn’t impressed with the plot.
Since I don’t have a lot to say about here are two other reviews for the book – one negative, one positive:
Ali of Worducpia read it with her boys and they didn’t enjoy it very much. I agree with their overall evaluations of the book.
On the other hand Becky of Becky’s Book Reviews loved it. She’s got some good points in her review and it’s good to know someone got more out of it than I did.