The graveyard book by neil gaiman

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The Graveyard Book is a young adult fantasy novel by the English author Neil Gaiman, simultaneously published in Britain and America in The Graveyard. The Graveyard Book book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wand.. . The 10th anniversary edition of The Graveyard Book includes a foreword by Margaret Atwood as well as sketches from the illustrator, handwritten drafts, and Neil.

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The Graveyard Book By Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book. Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place-he's the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts. Illustration from Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book by Chris Riddell. Astrologically, Gaiman is a Scorpio with Gemini rising and, if you go in for. Review: The Graveyard Book by Neil GaimanNeil Gaiman's tales from the crypt are a deathly delight.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other: Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Dave McKean Illustrator. After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own. Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy.

But when you have as a guardian a suave vampire like Silas — boundary keeper of the graveyard and obliterator of memories, and able to come and go between worlds, and thus go food shopping — and when said vampire has a backup in the person of an eastern European werewolf called Miss Lupescu, a formidable ally despite her penchant for borscht, then the pro-Bod and anti-Bod forces are more evenly balanced.

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Will the Jacks find and slaughter Bod before he has grown up enough to be able to foil them? Will the forces of Good-Goth prevail over the forces of Bad-Goth? Will you have as much fun reading this book as Gaiman obviously had while writing it? Of course you will! Will you shed a surreptitious tear during the danse macabre, when the living dance with the dead under the patronage of Death herself, but poor Silas the vampire is excluded, being neither one nor the other?

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They discuss whether to keep him until the Lady on the Grey implied to be the Angel of Death appears and suggests that the baby should be kept "The dead should have charity". The ghosts accept, and Mrs. Owens the ghost who first discovered the baby and her husband, Mr.

Owens, become the foster parents.

The baby is named Nobody Owens since Mrs. Owens declares "He looks like nobody except himself" and is granted the Freedom of the Graveyard, which allows Nobody to pass through solid objects when in the graveyard, including its gates.

The caretaker Silas subsequently implied to be an ancient and formerly evil vampire, now reformed accepts the duty of providing for Nobody. The man Jack is persuaded by Silas that the toddler has crawled down the hill, and he eventually loses the trail.

The bulk of the book is about Nobody's often called Bod adventures in and out of the graveyard as he grows up. As a boy, he befriends a girl called Scarlett Perkins, and she is eventually convinced by her mother that he is her imaginary friend.

It is with her that Bod discovers a creature called the Sleer, who has been waiting for thousands of years for his "Master" to come and reclaim him. The Sleer's greatest duty is to protect the Master and his treasure from the world.

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Scarlett's parents believe she has gone missing during this adventure and when she returns, consequently decide to move the family to Scotland. Nobody is once captured by the Ghouls and then rescued by his tutor Miss Lupescu, discovering she is a Hound of God i.

Bod befriends Elizabeth Hempstock, the ghost of an unjustly executed witch and through a short adventure that includes being kidnapped by a greedy pawnshop owner, tricking the pawnshop owner, and stealing a gravestone for her. Once he tries to attend regular primary school with other human children, but it ends in a disaster when two bullies make it impossible for him to maintain a low profile.

Ghost stories

As the years pass, he longs for human company and finally convinces guardian Silas to allow him to attend the local school. Once there, Bod uses his graveyard powers to stand up to a bully, but with unexpected consequences.

Scarlett re-enters his life, but who is the courtly older man wooing Scarlett's mother? Has the man Jack succeeded in finding Bod again? Gaiman's narratives tend toward the episodic, and there are chapters of The Graveyard Book that could stand alone as discrete short stories. All the better for reading at bedtime, though, and what's lost in forward momentum is more than made up for by the outrageous riches of Gaiman's imagination.

Every page is crowded with invention, both funny and scary, such as the dour Miss Lupescu, who comes to teach Bod unpleasant lessons, or the final mythology of why Bod is being hunted.

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