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abookaweek 2012: week two

2012 January 15

The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman

Category: Children’s / YA

Story: When he was just a baby, Bod (short for Nobody) Owens escaped from the man who killed the rest of his family, ending up at a graveyard whose ghosts decided to care for him and protect him. The book is divided in chapters that deal with a short period of Bod’s life at the graveyard (and, eventually, outside it), which together form the story of Bod’s upbringing and his battle with those who want him dead.

Opinion: As a kid I pretty much exclusively read scary stories, and I have to admit I still love scary children’s books as an adult, so this was right up my alley. Plus: Gaiman is a genius, and his books never disappoint. No one can weave together elements from different myths and religions as well as he does. This book was so much fun to read: a mix of very diverse characters, a good underlying narrative, with lots of subplots to keep you entertained. If I had to find a fault with this story, it’s that I wish I could have read more about the other inhabitants of the graveyard; they seemed so interesting!

 

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