Monday, October 12, 2009

The Graveyard Book--Neil Gaiman

Genre: Children's Fantasy/Horro
Year Published: 2008
Pages: 307
Rating: 4/5

"There was a hand in the darkness and it held a knife."

This was a charming little coming of age story set in an old, crumbling graveyard. Bod (shortfor Nobody), the protagonist, narrowly escapes death at the hands of a murderer when he is a toddler. Unfortunately his family does not fare so well, and the orphan finds his way to a graveyard, where the unearthly inhabitants take him in. Raised among the dead yet still human, Bod has to navigate his childhood in the cemetery and avoid the being who murdered his family, who still wants to finish the job. This book reminded me heavily of A Fine and Private Place, one of my favorite books ever and another where the dead and the living communicate. I enjoyed it a lot.

RIP Challenge
Book a week # 44
Date Read: 10/12/09

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