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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
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Aug 09, 12

bookshelves: young-adult, supernatural, 2012
Read from July 27 to 30, 2012

This book is a collection of stories that revolve around Nobody "Bod" Owens and his life growing up in a graveyard surrounded by ghosts and other supernatural creatures. If that was the whole premise of the book it would be better than what it is.

In The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman forgets about plot and cohesion beyond the things happening deal with Bod and his circumstances for being in the graveyard. Bod is told that he can't leave the graveyard because the living world is dangerous for him but there is no explanation of why or to what purpose. The murder of his family and the identity of the man Jack have nothing to do with Bod's life other than getting him to the graveyard. Nothing, when looked as a part of a large, connected story makes any sense other than being shallow plot devices.

Now, take out the man Jack (or deal with that issue earlier or in a different manner than throwing it all together--loosely--in the last 20 pages) and what you have is an entertaining collection of short stories. It is a fun read.... up to the last 2 stories.

I recommend reading it to your children so you can fill in the gaps because if you possess a reading level beyond sixth grade capacity you will begin to wish that the end would arrive so you can move to another story.
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Reading Progress

07/27/2012 page 25
8.0%
07/30/2012 page 61
20.0% "A bunch of interconnected stories. Interesting.... Ready to see how this develops if at all since my wife got halfway and gave up."
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