Ahoy there me mateys! While drawin’ up me lists of 2016 for me log, I realized a curious thing – out of 134 books read, not a single one was a re-read. In me enthusiasm of discovery and taking suggestions from me crew, I did not revisit a single old port for plunder! And part of what I love about readin’ is re-visitin’ old friends. So I decided to remedy that and thus created me new category where I take a second look at a previously enjoyed novel and give me crew me second reflections, as it were, upon visitin’ it again . . .
the graveyard book (Neil Gaiman)
Now I have talked about me wee bit of an obsession (for details click here) with Mr. Gaiman before. The wonderfully fabulous fortunately, the milk, started the trend of me wanting to listen to all of his works via audiobook. I wasn’t planning on re-readin’ this so soon but me discussion with matey Nicole @ book-wyrm-knits, convinced me. She said, “I loved listening to him narrate The Graveyard Book. That was my favorite of his so far because of the complete experience.” Well Shiver Me Timbers! I didn’t know he had narrated this one!
I absolutely loved getting to experience the story of Bod Owens again. It had been long enough that the details had been lost to me. Between that time gap and Mr. Gaiman’s narration I almost felt as though I was readin’ it for the first time.
The premise of the story for those that don’t know is that at the beginning a man named Jack is in the process of murdering a family. I know it seems like a crazy start but it is not gruesome. Three of the family members have been killed and there is only the baby left. Well that baby escape and makes it to a local graveyard where the ghostly inhabitants agree to keep the baby safe and raise him. As they don’t know his name they call him Nobody Owens. While the graveyard is a strange place for a boy to live, the world outside the graveyard is dangerous and deadly. Because Jack has not forgotten about the child who escaped his clutches and is determined to finish the job.
As always, Mr. Gaiman’s storytelling is magical, enthralling, and amazing. His writing style never ceases to amaze me. It is a book that defies age groups and classifications. Watching Bod grow-up and experience life is just wonderful. The ending is poignant, heart-wrenchingly beautiful, and perfect. I even got a little misty eyed. I highly recommend this one to all me crew. And if ye have the chance to get the audiobook version – take it! Arrr!
Goodreads has this to say about the novel:
Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead.
There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack – who has already killed Bod’s family.
Beloved master storyteller Neil Gaiman returns with a luminous new novel for the audience that embraced his New York Times best-selling modern classic Coraline. Magical, terrifying, and filled with breathtaking adventures, The Graveyard Book is sure to enthrall readers of all ages.
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Previous Log Entries for this Author
fortunately, the milk (Captain’s Log – Young Adult Fantasy)
the sleeper and the spindle (Captains’ Log – Fantasy)