January 13, 2011

Review : The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Title : The Graveyard Book
Author : Neil Gaiman
Reading Dates : 11 Dec - 13 Dec 2010
The Graveyard Book
From goodreads :
After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.

Book Review of The Graveyard Book.
I love The Graveyard Book. Which of course made me a little sad at the end of the book, having to say goodbye.

I really love the way Bod’s story unfolds. It is almost like watching over a child growing into adulthood, which is of course the theme of the tale. And it evokes the same kind of bittersweet feelings I imagine a parent would feel, watching their child growing ; especially when you realize the time to let go is coming soon.

The other reason I love this tale is Bod’s relationship with Silas. In all the ways that matter, I felt that Silas was Bod’s true father. Reading about them, it is easy to understand that sometimes love need not be spoken.

Also, the idea of all those monsters and ghouls showing charity was wonderful. Yet like everyone, they’re neither invincible or infallible. But for their eccentricities or special talents, they might have been anyone of us.

My conclusions :
  • Would I re-read the book ? Yes
  • Would I want to read the next book in the series if there were one? Yes
  • Would I want to own my personal copy if I didn’t already own it ? Yes
  • Who would I recommend this too? Everyone.
  • For those looking to read the book, would I recommend buying or borrowing the book? Buy it. This is a keeper.

Books alluded to :
The Cat in the HatRobinson Crusoe (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) (B&N Classics)


  1. Great review but this does sound creepy. Not good for night time reading . . .

  2. It's been awhile since I read a good ghost story at night!

    I was supposed to receive this book, which I won in a book giveaway a couple of years ago. Haven't received it till now... I would have to buy myself a copy!

  3. This is in my TBR pile---I love N.G. :) Great Review!

  4. When you're ready to re-read, you should listen to Neil Gaiman read the book on audio. He does a fantastic job.

  5. I love Gaiman. If you haven’t read Neverwhere you should give it a try. I liked it even more than The Graveyard Book.

  6. @Christie
    Yup, I love Neverwhere as well and am planning to read it again sometime this year :-)

  7. @Felicia
    Neil Gaiman is one of my favourite authors. I've loved every book of his I've read, except one. :-)


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