The Graveyard Book

By: Neil Gaiman

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a perfectly normal boy. Well, he would be perfectly normal if he didn't live in a graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the world of the dead.

Auuster's Takeaway

When I saw another recommended book by Niel Gaiman in the fantasy section I was eager to pick u the book for a read, or listen. I was first introduced to Niel’s writing from his telling of Norse mythology and liked how he picked some stories that were rather unknown to me, I only have a small background in Norse mythology from an English course and my study of Marvel’s Thor. And so, I picked it up for a quick read between the more popular books that were on loan.

The book follows Bod Owens as he is brought up in a cemetery after his family was murdered by Jack a member of the Jack of All Trades. Bod is educated by a community of ghosts in a cemetery, but as he comes of age, his curiosity and ambition to leave the cemetery grows. Eventually the jacks catch wind that he is alive and comes back to finish the job. The story follows Bod as he goes through many ghastly adventures and finally leaves the cemetery.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel as it brought and incorporated adventures that I do not normally see. A young child living with ghost and going on adventures with creatures that I would only see in Halloween decorations. The ending was a good conclusion, but also left me wanting to see what adventures Bod would go on later, heres to hoping for a second book.