Publisher: Harper Trophy
Originally published: 2008
Genre: Fantasy, YA
The dice landed on: 5
Did I finish?: Yes.
Do I like the cover?: Yes.
Nobody Owens, known as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a graveyard, being raised by ghosts, with a guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the dead. There are adventures in the graveyard for a boy—an ancient Indigo Man, a gateway to the abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible Sleer. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, he will be in danger from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod’s family.
The Graveyard book has been sitting in Mount TBR for way too long, but I finally got around to reading it. I love challenges that kicks me into action…
So far I’ve adored everything I’ve read by Neil Gaiman, and nothing has changed there.
I love the way the book is set up. Every chapter has it’s own story, making it perfect for reading on the bed, or while you’re brushing your teeth. As we go along Bod slowly gets older, and learn more about the world. He learns from his long-dead teachers who all have a rather archaic knowledge about the world, from his ghost parents and from his guardian Silas. He also has adventures, both in and outside (not necessarily our outside) the graveyard.
And always there’s the danger from the man who killed his family. And one day that danger has to be faced.
It’s all quite magical really.
The only thing I truly miss in this book is getting to know some of the inhabitants of the graveyard better. The short epitaphs on their gravestones are small gems that makes me very curious about some of them. And Silas, who is he really?
But, seriously, this is a fast and easy read and a very good book.