Book: The Graveyard Book
Author: Neil Gaiman
Recommend: This was a fun, short jaunt in the land of the macabre.
I am a big fan of Neil Gaiman. He reminds me of the Tim Burton of literature. His books are always completely unique and quirky with a dark side while still maintaining an overall satisfying experience. This book is no different.
When a toddler unwittingly escapes the murder after him and wanders into a graveyard, he is adopted by the ghosts. They keep him safe and raise him amongst the dead because beyond the graveyard the man who murdered his family is waiting, still seeking the little boy who got away.
While the plot of the book sounds terrifying, it centers more on the boy and his unique childhood. It is funny in places, odd in others and some things never quite get explained. However, instead of it taking away from the story, it adds to it. The easy and frank prose makes for an enjoyable and quick read.
I was trying to find something that I could say that was negative. I try to give at least one thing that might put a reader off the book. The only thing I could come up with for this book is that the topic is a bit strange and might not be for every reader.
If you haven’t journeyed into the worlds of Neil Gaiman this one is a great place to start.