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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
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Jan 28, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: 7up, newbery, orphans, fantastical
Read in October, 2008 , read count: 1

I feel like me and everyone else on here read a different book. It was just... okay. Certainly not better than Coraline. Granted, I read this immediately after finishing Coraline for the first time, and was expecting more of the same, so it may have been a bit disappointing regardless, but I actually thought it started very strongly, lots of potential. Then things sort of went nowhere and I still don't really get what's up with the Jacks of All Trades. Or the Ghoul Gate. Or the Sleer, for that matter. All these Big Things things were introduced and sort of fell flat. I don't know. And I think the ending was meant to be beautiful but mostly I felt cheated. Why bring Scarlet back just to ship her off again? Why are we supposed to care about where Silas comes from if it's never revealed? Eh, I say.

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Lucy Interesting. I didn't love Coraline--I thought it was fine, but it didn't wow me. Graveyard, to me, felt like more of Gaiman's adult works, like Neverwhere or Stardust--like an adult book in kid's book clothing. In typical Gaiman style, there are a lot of things on the edges, in the shadows, the sort of things that make you look twice behind you when you're walking past a graveyard.

He doesn't tell everything, because he prefers to hint.

I actually liked it a lot more than Coraline.

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