Author: Neil Gaiman
Original title:The Graveyard Book
Edition Language: English
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Nobody Owens, known to
his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he
didn't live in a graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts.
are dangers and adventures for Bod in the graveyard. But it is in the
land of the living that real danger lurks for it is there that the man
Jack lives and he has already killed Bod's family.
I found this story rather amusing. Every chapter is reads as a separate short story with a common plot line: life of Nobody Owens in a graveyard. You can meet a bunch of ghosts which are mostly nice and charming. But some other strange creatures are not so charming and sometimes terribly dangerous. I liked the story altogether and think it might be rather spooky for a young reader, but still I have some dis-satisfactory places in the book which interfered my enjoyment. To my mind the theme of Jacks is not thoroughly worked through, it leaves too many questions: where they came from, what is their purpose, their methods and so on. Maybe it is described in some other Gaiman's book, don't know. And Silas, Bod's guardian is also left in a obscurity. We see him only in action but do not get too much about him as a person or creature if you like and about his history. I find the book without those explanation not a full one.