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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
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Jun 04, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy-and-science-fiction, mystery-and-horror, illustrated-books, novels-and-short-stories, creatures-of-the-night, favorites
Recommended for: Cecilia
Read from August 03 to 18, 2010

** spoiler alert ** Neilg Gaiman's at his "gothic story for gothic children" best. The story of Bod Owens and his childhood among the ghosts of the cementery, and the darker plot of his human family's murder enraptures you from the very start, with its innocent, yet uncannny atmosphere, and its lovable and fascinating characters. The decidely British cementery which gives name to the book is home to a plethora of disparate characters, some funny or odd, but never quite as harmless as they appear to be. Bod's many adventures within and outside the cementery mark his route of self-discovery, through encounters with moder and ancient ghosts, creatures of truly ancient origin, and evils that span the history of humanity. Like "Coraline", "The Graveyard Book" is a tale about growing-up, about children entering into the complexities of the adult world. As with most gothic tales, this is a tale with a moral, but a complex one. The story of Bod is worth reading to oneself and to others (add lighting and a rainy evening, and you are in for a delightful walk through the world of ghosts). The only reason why I gave it four, instead of five stars, is that I found that when the Sleer is finally described it's sort of let down. And it should have been one of the most memorable passages of the whole book.

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