Review: The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book Neil Gaiman cover

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts.
There are dangers and adventures for Bod in the graveyard. But it is in the land of the living that real danger lurks for it is there that the man Jack lives and he has already killed Bod's family.

Neil Richard Gaiman born 10 November 1960 is an English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre and films. His notable works include the comic book series The Sandman and novels Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book. Gaiman's writing has won numerous awards, including Hugo, Nebula, and Bram Stoker, as well as the 2009 Newbery Medal and 2010 Carnegie Medal in Literature. He is the first author to win both the Newbery and the Carnegie medals for the same work. (source: For more information on Neil Gaiman visit

I really enjoyed reading this book. I was not sure what to expect after reading the synopsis and I was afraid it was a hyped book and would disappoint me but that did not happen. The story starts of with some excitement and after calms down a bit. It is interesting to follow Bod's developments and I am surprised he is the way he is after all those different influences. There is not much you can say about the story this book without giving things away.
The author did a great job in creating the characters. All the ghosts really have their own personality and quirks and you start to recognize them too. A very good book to read especially this month. And I am very curious about the possibilities of a movie.

The Graveyard Book
Author: Neil Gaiman
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN-10 : 0061709395
ISBN-13 : 9780061709395
Pages : 312
Format : eBook
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4 stars
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