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The Graveyard Book
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August 1, 2009
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August 31, 2009
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Once there was a little girl who lived in a big house in a strange and wonderful city in the North. Her name: Dove Black*. An unusual name for an unusual girl. Her equally unusual mother took her away for the summer, across the sea. I came to that strange and wonderful city and stayed in that big house. In the house was a book. The Graveyard Book! I fell prey to an odd illness during my visit; while my companions made merry in the streets and taverns of that city, I recovered on the wide and sun...more
If I could add stars to the rating system, I would.

My word. I was in tears when I finished this book early this morning, and just writing this review is bringing them back.

Neil Gaiman hath crafted a classic and disguised it as a children's book!

I remember reading chapter 4, The Witch's Headstone, in a short story collection last year. I remember liking it quite a bit. The complete book multiplied my liking exponentially.

Bottom line...this may very well be one of the best books I have EVER read...more
Jun 05, 2009 Rhapsody rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: older children who enjoy fantasy
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Came to this with high hopes, particularly since it has won the Hugo and the Newberry Award. However, I found it slightly disappointing. Yes there are lovely parts, but the story is nowhere as taut as Gaiman's earlier effort Coraline, and a lot of what's happening and resolved is off-screen. Many of the characters remain underdeveloped, and even the dead need a little more flesh than presented here.

Still, it is a book that fully embraces the macabre; a coming-of-age story about a boy who just so...more
I loved all the ghostly history and research that went into this book. I love the premise of a human boy raised by ghosts, and I loved that in the final chapter, as Bod mounted the stairs behind Mr Frost my heart literally started beating faster. I stayed up late to finish it and when I went upstairs to the bathroom I got a little creeped out, like someone might be behind me. Or waiting for me in the dark.

That's what I pay for, folks. Scare me, please.
This was a good story, but I wasn't really pulled into it until towards the end. I almost put it down for good at the beginning, but I'm glad I kept going. I think it had to do with my mood when I started reading it rather than the book itself. It's about a baby who's raised by a bunch of ghosts in a graveyard and his adventures growing up. It has a nice message about living your life to the fullest.
This was a very Gaiman book. If you like Gaiman, you'll like The Graveyard Book, and visa versa.
Nov 01, 2010 Annie marked it as to-read
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