Review: The Graveyard Book

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The Graveyard BookThe Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I decided to listen to The Graveyard Book for two reasons: 1) I had heard a lot of great things about Neil Gaiman over the years, but I had never read anything by him and I wanted to rectify that; and 2) I was really sick of listening to the radio in the morning on the commute to the office.

The Graveyard Book is not Gaiman’s most well-known work, but the local library did have the audio CDs in stock and that made it the winner. Nevertheless, I don’t regret my choice at all. I thought the novel was brilliant! It really was a great story that was a lot of fun.

In particular, I found the characters to be very well-written, especially Bod and Silas. I also thought that the concept of a child growing up in a graveyard was very interesting. There are a lot of strange and exciting adventures that one could have in that setting and I found those portrayed in the novel to be very crafty and whimsical.

Despite that, I wouldn’t give the novel 5 stars, It was fun and enjoyable, but I wouldn’t put it among my favorites. It was, however, more than good enough to inspire me to read more works by Neil Gaiman.

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