The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman


Fear is contagious. You can catch it. Sometimes all it takes is for someone to say that they’re scared for the fear to become real.

I feel like these always start off with me apologizing for how long it took me to finish the book. We all know that life gets in the way of the small pleasures, so I shall do my best not to apologize any more. I am human, after all.

This book was given to my fiance by his dad quite a few months ago and then was recommended to me by his dad about a month ago. I had seen it kicking around the house and had wanted to pick it up, but there’s always something next in the queue. But isn’t there always going to be? I had read Stardust many years back having loved the movie and going to see it multiple times on my own and with Craig. I still reach for it after a long day and when I need a smile. The book was a different story. I won’t go in to detail, but I wasn’t a huge fan of the book. I thought the movie did a better job at fleshing out the characters and wrapping things up. The same goes for this book, although there isn’t a movie based on the book…yet.

Nodody Owens has lived in the graveyard his entire life, having stumbled upon it as a small child while his family was being murdered in the house he used to live in. He is given the freedom of the graveyard and there the ghosts that live there protect him. His “parents” Mr. and Mrs. Owens along with his guardian, Silas, are charged with the well being of Nobody. Silas is the character that I was most interested in and he doesn’t disappoint in his “fatherly” wisdom.

As any young child will do, Nodbody gets in to all kinds of shenanigans, albeit not the kind that a normal child would. Romping with ghouls and werewolfs. Underneath it all The Graveyard Book is a wonderful little book that makes you think about your life and the way you live it. It did leave quite a few things unanswered for me, but I still enjoyed it and will recommend it to anyone who is looking for an easy read. Me? I’m still trying to figure out if Mr.Gaiman is my cup of tea.

Next up, friends, is another Jobeth recommended book and she hasn’t let me down yet! Stay tuned. I’m sure I’ll finish this next one in a flash.


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Hi, my name's Emily and I'm starting the 100 book challenge. 100 books. 12 months. Can I do it? Update: Needless to say I did not finish the 100 book challenge. I'm still at it though and have strayed from The List entirely; but never say never. I will finish The List...some day. View all posts by operation100books

One response to “The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman

  • Levi

    You make me wonder…isn’t it kind of surprising there’s not a movie about this? Coraline worked wonderfully, after all. But Gaiman continues to gain momentum in pop culture so maybe it’s in the pipeline now.

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