Honestly Neil Gaiman's books had been getting a bit less appealing to me over time; it's not that I don't like him anymore, but rather that I don't li...moreHonestly Neil Gaiman's books had been getting a bit less appealing to me over time; it's not that I don't like him anymore, but rather that I don't like him nearly as much as I used to. That made me kind of sad. So I didn't have any particular expectations when I picked this up. But it turned out to be a great book! Absolutely the best thing of his I've read in quite a while.
Even though there was a vampire character (yawn, I've been tired of vampires pretty much my whole life so when I realized there was one, I admit to an eyeroll), this book sucked me in and was immediately fascinating. Fabulous idea! I may not like vampires, but I love ghosts (well, non-vengeful ones) and a whole graveyard full of ghosts and mysterious vaults and caves into the hillside full of dead kings and such was a really wonderful setting. All vampires were totally forgiven when Night Gaunts showed up (who doesn't dig some Lovecraft? plus the vampire is pretty awesome) and the Man Jack was a fab enigmatic villain.
Overall a fun, fast read and I really hope it means Gaiman's picked up his game again. I'm actually looking forward to seeing his more of his books again. (Side note: I read his little book "Odd and the Frost Giants" around the same time and it was pretty good too! So there's that.)(less)