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I enjoy all of Neil Gaiman's books and this one is no exception. I like the atmosphere and the mystery surrounding it. It is an interesting look at ghosts and the way they inhabit this world.
This eerie supernatural story follows a young human boy called Nobody Owens as he is raised by ghosts in a graveyard after the murder of his parents. A clever reimagining of Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book".
I think this book is going to stick with me for a long time. It was written with a young audience in mind, but it's also a perfect novel that is more dense than its 300 pages let on. Equal parts gothic folktale and mysterious neo-noir, the ancient feel juxtaposed with a story set in modern times is something I hadn't come across before reading this. Slow development of sparse characterizations and an awesomely three-dimensional setting reel the reader into an enchanting world that is hard to leave once the last page has been read. I recommend The Graveyard Book to anyone with (or without) a pulse who enjoys a good story.
This is a fantastic story that I highly recommend to everyone, it's a great supernatural twist on The Jungle Book and is perfect for all ages.
As someone who has never read The Jungle Book, I did not pick up on the parallels until they were pointed out for me, but this is a great book for children. It is also superb in audio format.
One of my very favourite of Neil Gaiman's books! A fantastic re-telling of Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book"---set in a Graveyard, rather than the Jungle! Follow Nobody Owens through his graveyard home and adventures and the mystery of his life beyond the Graveyard!
A story that mixes childhood and the macabre, The Graveyard Book tells the story of a boy raised by the ghosts of a small-town cemetery. This book is a wonderful example of realistic fiction, perfect for readers of any age, as long as they can handle a ghost story. It provides a nuanced twist to the traditional orphan-hero story, while allowing the reader to fall in love with the cross-generation inhabitants of the graveyard. You may read this book expecting monsters to be evil, and ghosts to be scary, though you may find out, you don’t know Jack.
I really enjoyed this one. There exists settings and characters that may seem grotesque, but the author has a way of letting his readers see it as just another thing. Everything human in the "world outside" becomes frightening. As with a couple other comments, I agree that the build-up towards the end is all worth it - don't just skim away and read it. Save it. The life potential topic within the story is very real. I'm amazed as to what you can find in a children's library nowadays.
A book is good when you finished reading it quickly within a couple of days. But a book is great when after falling in love with the main character you are sad to see him leave you. Nobody Owens is one of those characters who leave you wondering. Wondering about life, people, and whether you lived life to its fullest. One of my favorite quotes is near the end of the story and is said by Liza, "Truly, life is wasted on the living, Nobody Owens. For one of us is too foolish to live, and it is not I. Say you will miss me." ("The Graveyard Book", by Neil Gaiman)
This story is beautifully written and poetic to the end. It is obvious why this book won the Newberry Award. Literature is not dead and found in "The Graveyard Book".
Wanna read a book with a great, unique story line? This is your book! An 18 month old baby escapes the clutches of a bad man named Jack & finds safety & a new family in the nearby graveyard. With the help of the entire graveyard community, young Bod (short for Nobody) receives the same education that you & I received in our youth. He may have learned a few "other" lessons as well. Cute, warm, & even a little odd, this is a fun story. Due to the fact that Bod lives with dead people, there are some spirit/ghost elements to the story (non-scary). My age recommendation below is based on this fact.
Age recommendation: 14 & over
On a scale of 1 - 10 stars, I give it 8.
I had read this years ago and liked it then (and still do on re-reading) but recently I read the graphic novel version, and liked it MUCH more. I never did like the original illustrations (David MacKean) and now that I have something to compare it to, I REALLY don't like them.
Nevertheless I recommend this story as a skillfully executed and cleverly imagined story of what it would be like for a live baby to be brought up by ghosts in a graveyard, get educated and introduced to the living world, confront evil and go on to live an independent adult life.
But if you like graphic novels, go there instead.
Compelling read from beginning to end, very quirky and different, sorrowful atmosphere bursting with emotion- very worth the time.
The full cast audio is a fun way to listen to this creative story!
Though I found Bod to be a rather lackluster protagonist and the plot in great need of better organization, this was still a fun enough read to be worth the time. Gaiman, as always, is a wonderfully imaginative writer with a very unique and enjoyable sense of humor, and a very talented reader of audiobooks. I will listen to nearly any book Neil Gaiman wants to lend his voice to.
Though I found Bod to be a rather lackluster protagonist and the plot in great need of better organization, this was still a fun enough read to be worth the time. Gaiman, as always, is a wonderfully imaginative writer with a very unique and enjoyable sense of humor.
It would be more useful if you told us something about the book's content instead of just the 'awards' given to the author. Should I can about awards??
This Audio has a British reader. He was very difficult to understand.
Winner of the 2009 Newbery Award, the 2010 Carnegie medal, and the 2009 Hugo Award, The Graveyard Book is a spooky and fun story about a brave young boy who longs for human contact and his adventures growing up among ghosts. In the first few pages, a killer named “the man Jack” slaughters an entire family, except for one toddler who has wandered away and down to the nearby cemetery. He is adopted by a group of ghosts. They name him Nobody (or Bod for short) Owens. Bod grows up in the safety of the graveyard and learns all the tricks of the ghosts. As he gets older, he makes friends and tries to venture out into the world outside the cemetery.
Murderers, secret societies, ghosts and a boy who grows up in a graveyard. This is like The Jungle Book of gothic horror. In fact, Neil Gaiman actually said that The Jungle Book served as an inspiration for The Graveyard Book. Like Mowgli’s jungle, Bod’s graveyard is as much a part of the story as any character. Both offer the boys both protection and danger, and both eventually become smothering as the boys discover that there’s more to life and themselves than what is hanging out in the jungle or the graveyard.
Another quirky, original, vivid, and exciting read by Neil Gaiman. One of his best works.
The combination of Neil Gaiman's wonderful story with Derek Jacobi as the main narrator makes for an exquisite aural presentation. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
This is one of the best books I have ever read. I first read it in fourth grade and I have kept reading it ever since.