Tuesday, 9 May 2017

The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman Review

The Graveyard Book

By: Neil Gaiman
Rating: 4 Star

I have read several Neil Gaiman books over the years and have so far always enjoyed them.

This is a story about Nobody Owens, a boy who grows up in a graveyard with only ghosts for company after a mysterious stranger murders his entire family.

The Graveyard setting gives Gaiman a chance to run wild with his imagination, and there is a great variety of ghouls, ghosts, spectres and vampires, along with other characters who we meet whilst Bod grows up.

Silas, Bod's guardian provides a wonderful sounding board for all of Bod's questions during his time growing up.

Aside from the unusual setting though, the primary focus of the book is on Bod's struggles whilst he grows up. The book tracks him all of the way from childhood through to adolescence and by the end of the story we know him really well.

The Graveyard Book has been recommended by many other readers and has won several awards. I'd happily recommend it to anyone as well.