Neil Gaiman captured my attention on Twitter with his wildly exotic and informative tweets. Even in 140 characters Gaiman steals the show and is the most entertaining author I follow. I received The Graveyard Book as a Mother’s Day present and set down immediately and began reading. It was immediately apparent that I was destined to fall in love with Gaiman’s writing style. I have read several more of his works since, and am always impressed by his use of colorful language and interesting plot scenarios. The Graveyard Book also features brilliant and dark illustrations at key points in the book. The author is able to capture audiences from a wide range of genre’s and ages, and has become one of the most innovative writers of his time.
Gaiman’s Graveyard Book follows a boy through his life being raised inside a cemetery. While this sounds a bit dark for younger readers, I assure you the author makes this seem the most normal occurance that could possibly be available for young Bod. He runs to the graveyard as a small child in the middle of the night and is immediately, after some small debate accepted as a resident with full supernatural graveyard powers. As Bod grows up he is challenged with school, friends, and coming of age. Realizations that maybe he wants more than what is to offer inside his small protective home.
It is not safe for Bod to leave the graveyard but as he becomes older he is learning there is more to life than spirits and the small tract of land, and graveyard law. There is a whole world of people just like him living normal lives outside the gates and Bod makes a decision to try to become part of both worlds. When the extent of what happened to Bod’s family surfaces he is forced to finish what was started years before when he was a small child.
I recommend this book for people who have enjoyed Gaiman’s previous works, age 11 to adult, people who like the Septimus Heap or The Nicholas Flamel Series. Fantasy buffs in general will enjoy the vivid storyline.