5 creepy and magical stars.
The Graveyard Book
is a deliciously creepy tale of a young boy who is raised in a graveyard
by the dead. Nobody Owens ran to the graveyard when he was a baby
after his parents and older sibling had been murdered. When the ghosts
of the Owens family - a nice family who had always wanted children - saw
him, they decided to keep him immediately. And thus, the graveyard
became the baby's home, and Nobody became his name.
I've only ever read Stardust by Neil Gaiman before, but I think I'm starting to understand his style: a little bit of creepy, a little bit of action and a whole lot of magic.
There are ghosts and ghouls abound in this book, as well as secret
orders, and ancient tomb, a spirit animal - or what I think is a spirit
animal, anyway - and a man who is both dead and alive. Nobody can
"fade" himself and haunt a person and uses these tricks to his advantage
to get out of some sticky situations, as well as for dealing justice at
his school when needed.
I listened to the audiobook version of
this, which was narrated by Neil Gaiman himself, and wow... I really
recommend it. I'm in the car for three hours a day because of my job
and my transit to school and this really added a nice little kick to my
day. Even the kids I watch liked it and kept asking questions about it!
Gaiman has a very versatile voice and can do heaps of different
character voices, which always made me laugh. He also has a very
soothing voice, so be careful lest he lull you to sleep like he did to
This book is magic. Gaiman himself is probably magic. Highly recommended in whatever format you choose