Children's Books, Fiction, Horror

Review: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman- A (Belated) Halloween Special

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“If you dare nothing , then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained”- Nehemiah Trot.

Synopsis: The Graveyard book is an award-winning book by Neil Gaiman which was first published in 2008. It tells the story of Nobody Owens, a boy, who due to unfortunate circumstances, ended up being raised by a graveyard full of ghost and guardian who is neither alive nor dead.

What I think about it:

Weird, enough for you? Well, I guess that’s why Gaiman’s stories are the right kind of weird. His characters are always so complex and refreshing that even if The Graveyard Book is a children’s book, readers of all ages can enjoy every bit of it. The story seems to be written as short stories of Bod’s adventures over the span of fifteen years, but then it comes full circle as a novel as he comes close to the truth of why he ended up being raised in a Graveyard. Gaiman’s story weaving allowed the main character to learn and grow throughout the book, which is kind of inspiring to think about it. Even you as the reader, felt proud of what Bod came to be as an individual.  It kind of reminded me of the film “Boyhood” and the way it was directed to showcase the boy’s growth over the years, only with a macabre twist to it. Ha 🙂

Gaiman has always been a great storyteller. And in this book, he showcased a rich world full of well thought characters and a story that showed heart. He has always been my favorite author. And I will say this without any bias, I think The Graveyard Book is one of his best work.

PS: I don’t have a rating system yet. I don’t know if I should device one, I mean opinions are indeed subjective.

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