6.13.2008

My review of The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

While attending BEA (Book Expo America) in L.A. earlier this month, I picked up an ‘advance reader’s edition’ in the HarperCollins booth of Neil Gaiman's newest novel, The Graveyard Book, and I really enjoyed it. It was impossible not to care about the plight of little Nobody ‘Bod’ Owens. His story is filled with sadness, adventure, and a host of the most interesting ghostly caretakers - the inhabitants of the Graveyard who raise him. Learning the tricks of the Graveyard, Bod must survive caught between the worlds of the living and the dead.
Reminiscent of The Nightmare Before Christmas in its ghoulish charm, I think The Graveyard Book will delight readers of any age (and most-certainly fans of Coraline). The September release date makes this a perfect pre-Halloween reading gift for the Gaiman fan in your life. Or, consider it a wonderful little book as a gift to turn someone onto Gaiman.


The only thing missing from the advance reader’s edition were the planned illustrations done by long time Gaiman collaborator, Dave McKean – which I know will be terrific – and which gives me a reason to go buy a finished copy this Fall.

7 comments:

Peat said...

It's on my reading pile. Looking forward to it.

Did you take that picture yourself? I know you are a master of the self-shot.

Jayf44 said...

Yes, I took that picture. I'm such a looser with my camera phone, always snapping this way and that..I will be posting that pic I took of us in the subway station and writing up a bit about you soon if that's a-ok.

dani said...

Yeah! Dish the dirt!

Jeremy said...

Glad to see you started a blog, Jay. Looking forward to more.

katie said...

Oooh, I have a book to look forward to this fall! Thanks for the heads-up. I miss being in publishing proper and the perks that came with it: ARCs, free books, and being in the "know". I always had a huge pile of interesting books waiting to be read ... these days I feel pathetic, begging my friends for book suggestions ...

Excited about the new blog!

Jayf44 said...

Thanks Katie. I am trying to hold on as well as I exist on the fringe. Thanks for taking a look at the blog!

Roe said...

Hey Jay, it's Roe - glad to see you've entered the blogosphere! Thanks for the review of Gaiman's book - another one for my ever-growing pile...