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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
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Nov 23, 10

bookshelves: read-in-2009, fantasy, ghosts-and-spirits, newbery, juvenile, hugo
Read in July, 2009, read count: 1

I can't say I absolutely LOVED this--there were a few things that I wasn't quite sure about. For instance, I did not much like the illustrations by Dave McKean, and I would have rather them not been there at all (I much prefer Chris Riddell's illustrations in the UK edition for children, which is the version I ended up purchasing). And I felt like the society of Jacks could have done with a little more...well, a little more, I guess. There wasn't really enough info about them and their prophecy included to make their goals seem real. They didn't really seem all that sinister, just...slightly stupid? I would have liked to know a little more about Silas and his Honour Guard as well. However, despite those things, I really, really liked this book a lot. I loved Bod and his relationships with Silas and his ghost parents and Liza and Scarlett, and even with THE SLEER. I loved the sort of bittersweet ending. I thought that for the most part, this was beautifully written, and it was quickly added to my "to buy" list.
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