Considering a sailing adventure to Mexico? Just look at how engrossed that guy is in the book! Grab a copy of the Unauthorized Guide to Sailing in Mexico, and you too can find yourself sitting on a Mexican dock with an oversized (but very attractive) hat.

Unauthorized Guide to Sailing in Mexico

test
« baby onboard | Main | book review: the life and times of the thunderbolt kid - bill bryson »
Saturday
Jul312010

book review: the graveyard book - neil gaiman

The first book I ever read by Neil Gaiman was Neverwhere, probably almost a decade ago. A great work of dark fiction, it was my first taste of a book which on the surface could be argued for a younger audience but definitely rides on older (and darker) themes.

Ever since I got my Kindle I've been tearing through books with no mercy and I decided to give Neil Gaiman another shot, hoping to duplicate the experience I had earlier. Sadly I stumbled across Gaiman's American Gods, which is still half finished and I doubt I'll ever be going back. I couldn't care about the characters enough, their struggle was foreign and distant from me.

But with the great experience of Neverwhere still lingering in my mind I decided to give The Graveyard Book a chance. I was still cautious, so I downloaded a sample chapter at first to see what it had in store for me. This technique didn't stop me from getting into the previously mentioned and how half finished American Gods, but at ten dollars a book prudence dictates that we screen as best we can.

The first few pages had me hooked. I try to not reveal too much about the books that I comment on for each little detail that is given away in advance is that much less to pique a would-be-reader's future delights as they themselves could have uncovered them.

But a review without some commentary is hardly a review so I will disclose this much. A boy is raised under some less than normal circumstances having to navigate the land of the dead, the land of the living, and eons old murderers bent on sending him to be a permanent fixture of the graveyard that has become his home. 

The main character, Nobody Owens, is surprisingly well crafted and doesn't fall into many of the stereotypes that adolescent males do in literature (ala Harry Potter). He's brave without being arrogant or unbelievable, sensitive without the reader eye rolling at ludicrous behavior, and his young love affair hardly follows the normal plan.

This was a terrific book that I was unable to put down. Highly recommended for a quick, fun read that will leave you ever so slightly emotional.

Reader Comments

There are no comments for this journal entry. To create a new comment, use the form below.

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Post:
 
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>