The Graveyard Book
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I have reacently read the Stardust, so I can compare 2 Gaiman books. Both of them is a tale, and also there are missing details on characters' development, no, no, actually, not missing, because thery are, but they are simple ones, only a word, one sentence. But it should be a novel, unbroken, interwaving thoughts, describing people, places, happenings. I think the writer could polish his style in writing, how to connect thoughts in sentences. Dispite of it The Graveyard book is a special, not a customary book considering its story. Thus for me on the basis of their theme/topic the Stardust was forgettable, while The Graveyard book was remarkable.
Firstly its cover charmed me immediately (Chris Riddell illustrated) and I wanted it read. I know not a very good thing to judge a book about its cover, but sometime I do. The story captivated me, the living and the death, the life within the fences, in the graveyard. I couldn't put it down. I enjoyed it so much.
It took place between 2009 February - 2010 February
1. Totje2 (NED), 2. Lottiotta (UK), 3. AgnesXNitt (UK), 4. Spy-there (SUI), 5. Samulli (GER), 6. Kittychia (sending without read, ITA), 7. Magika (NOR), 8. Tsjara (NED), 9. Bumbelbee (NED), 10. DitteL (DEN), 11. ApoloniaX (GER), 12. kizmiaz (POR), 13. Elmindreda (HUN)
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I'll get back to you with an update while, or a review after reading.
I have started reading but I wasn not at all caught by the book. As a matter of fact I was quite annoyed.
Usually my mind starts adding images to what I read, immediately after I start in a book. But this time I found what I read made no sense: a toddler getting out of bed, out of the house, all the way to a nearby graveyard. He was hidden by ghosts, and escaped from the man who murdered his parents and his older sister and was now haunting him.
The ghosts decide to raise him... How they do that is probably not important to the writer, but for me that is a big chunck missing. Reality is completely lost there. It is also hard to find in the reaction of the parents of a girl that meets him while he's playing / rehearsing the letters of the alphabet he learned (he's a bit older now). Who lets his child play on a graveyard without questioning? I know, children often have imaginary friends, but go to the cemetary and let the child play... That is a bridge too far.
Maybe I am just too old or too attached to at least a little bit of credibility in the story of a book to find it a pleasure to read. Therefore I release it this quickly.
Like with Hakkalina, the cover illustration caught my eye - Chris Riddell's style isn't my cup of tea, but it suits the title. I've not read it so I can't say it suits the story, but the Edge Chronicles (his other project that I've seen) was a long and rambling story (in a good way), and Mr. Gaiman is a story-teller too. :)
I have to read "The End of Mr. Y" by Scarlett Thomas first, and then I have two mangas to read, they shouldn't take too long. After that I should be able to start, which means hopefully I'll have it finished in about two weeks.
2nd March 2009
It took longer than I thought to journal 'cos I've been busy lately, but I finished this a couple of days ago and I loved it. Everything through the story was written for a good reason, nothing was wasted, and it all built up to a satisfying ending. I would recommend this to anyone, 'cos it's so rare to find such a good book! A deserving winner of the Newbery, and I'm sure I'll give a few copies of this away as presents at some point.
Thank you! Just checking with AgnesXNitt so I can get this posted on, and I'll let you know when I know what's happening.
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I think I *just* got it in the postbox for the last collection. :) Good luck, little book, and I hope Ms. Nitt enjoys it as much as I did.
Thanks very much Lotti :)
Weeeeeeeeeeeelll, an odd read, even slightly disconcerting in places.
I liked how the author made the ghosts not pale immitations of their former selves, but proper 3D developed characters, even retaining their speech patterns and fashions of their own time and not assimilating into the modern day, or at least the time when the novel is set in.
A marvellous idea in naming the main character, Nobody, by his 'parents' as it's such a very Victorian name and true to the child's plight - we know he must have been named by his parents but he and his guardians have no idea of knowing or finding out. So 'Bod' is both Nobody and - as the very first chapter shows - Somebody.
Silas - a well done and though its obvious who he actually is, he's a well, not likeable character, but certainly a dependable guardian for Bod, both protective and guiding. Lets just say he's had plenty of time and experience...
A bit creepy in places - oooo the assassin for instance - but a good read.
Thanks for posting on Lotti and btw yay on the postcard and your business card :) And I will keep using the reusable packaging - great idea!!
And thanks for hosting this ring Hakkalina!
PMing Spy-There for their addy and will get off soonest.
Enjoy Spy-There :)
As a child I was always keen on creepiness. Sneaking to the bathroom at night, I clutched the doorframe and hold my breath because of the bird-like monster which lurked in the moonlit hall, ready to attack any moment ... But no way I would have simply switched on the light, no! I didn’t want the monster to become ordinary umbrellas and walking sticks. What I want to say: this book is truly suitabel for children – and I would have loved it.
I love it as a grown up too. The magical thing is: there is nothing preposterous about a toddler, living in the graveyard; it seems all very natural. There is nothing to be feared neither, because Gaiman guides us safely through the scary bits, and we know that everything will turn out fine. Though this does not mean that there is no thrill in it. In the contrary, I had a chill over my spine more than once.
The illustrations by Chris Riddell are brilliant.
I will be very busy all week, but I'll try to not keep it too long. Even though I already feel reluctant to ever let it out of my hands again (Neil's books often have this effect on me). ;)
I loved Bod, but my favorite character was Silas, which isn't too surprising given what kind of creature he is. The illustrations are awesome as well. And the picture of the Lady on the Grey, who meets people at the end of their life and brings them to the other side is just as charming as the thought of being accompanied by Terry Pratchett's Death. The two of them would make a lovely couple, now I am thinking of it. *grin*
I have just contacted Kittychia and hope to send the book on to Italy soon. I also added it to my Amazon wishlist, because I definitely need a copy of it for my permanent collection. :)
Unfortunately I'm in a very very very busy period and so.. insted of let you wait too long I'm going to contact the next reader right now and send it out soon!
Thanks anyway... to everyone! :)
Contact Lilacwishper and she asked to be skipped this time, I'm going to contact Magika! :)
I received a few days ago Magika address, so this morning I sent it out the book to her. Enjoy the reading Miss Magika...and thanks everyone! :)
Sent it out! Enjoy the book Magika! :)
Thanks for sharing, hakkalina! I sent the book off to Tsjara today.
Thank you Magika for sending it on and hakkalina for hosting the ring!
I enjoyed reading about Bod's adventures, especially the part with the ghouls, they had such funny names ^-^ . And also about the ghosts and other creatures from the graveyard. Silas, Liza Hempstock and Nehemiah Trot (the poet) were my favorite characters.
When I finished the story it left me feeling strangely happy and a bit sad at the same time.
I have PMed bumbelbee, but haven't received a reply yet..
(and will send the bookmark and the businesscard along with the book)
Edit: (20 July) Got address, will send the book out tomorrow.
Posted the book today (with the beautiful bookmark and businesscard ^-^), and is now on its way to Bumbelbee. Enjoy!
It was a very nice story, nontheless, I think I just found it a little bit to simple, I think because it seems a bit of a book for children, so the story wasn't always as logical as you might expect.
I already sent a pm to DitteL (couldn't do it sooner, because of my holiday, sorry...) and will sent the book allong as soon as I have the adress.
Thanks again for sharing, hakkalina!
Edit: DitteL allready gave me the adress, so the book is on it's way!
I already got ApoloniaX' address and will mail the book to her within the next couple of days.
Thanks for sharing hakkalina.
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On its way to Germany. Hope you'll enjoy it.
I already have kizmiaz' address and will send the book off later on, along with Lottiotta's lovely bookmark & card. I try to find some graveyard picture first, Highgate Cemetery would be fine... that's what kept appearing to my inner eye when I was reading the book.
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I'll get to it soon.
My relationship with Neil Gaiman’s books has a lot of ups and downs and I’m glad to report that this book belongs in the up section.
Although it reminded me of Stardust it has little to do with it, this is more of a fable with more than a nod to Kipling’s Jungle Book.
The author gets the characters just right and plays with his readers collective imagination and knowledge of “other worldly” creatures, the plot is tight and the story moves along at a very nice pace.
It’s a great book for the younger adults and also for those who like a great fable, not unlike Aesop’s. A future classic? Maybe, it has what it takes to make it.
The illustrations are also great, but so few...
A good read that I’ll certainly recommend.
I will read it sometime this week, and update.
The style is more mature then Coraline, so it's more like Stardust, only without the R-rated scenes. :)
I still prefer Neverwhere, but The Graveyard Book is right in second place now.
It was my first BookCrossing Member Meeting
And it was worth to wait :D
After a good evening talking in a coffee shop with Elmindreda
The Graveyard Book arrived home!
Thanks everyone who participant in this ring!!
However, reading it as a grown-up, I just wanted a bit more. More in depth characters.
Of course I loved Silas, and would enjoy reading more about him.
This book is now being passed on to a non-bookcrosser friend who liked the sound of it. I'm hoping she'll join!
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