El Rey del Mono, March 7, 2012 (view all comments by El Rey del Mono)
I read Coraline first, it was good, but too scary gross and creepy. This book is amazing - Gaiman's prose seems so effortless, as if he were simply taking dictation of scenes he is witnessing first hand. Until I read the Kirkus review here on Powells.com I hadn't made the connection to Kipling, another great story teller who wrote effortlessly, with an unsentimental look at children and childhood. You find it not hard at all to believe in ghosts and goblins and all manner of fantastical surrealism, on the power of Gaiman's story=telling. About the only downside I can think of is that at points it is obvious that these stories were written independently using the same characters, as there is a certain continuity lacking between stories, at times. In particular, Dance the Macabray seems wholly self-contained. But no matter. They're great stories. I want to know what happens to Bod after.
by Harper Collins,
“Wistful, witty, and wise—and creepy. . . . Closer in tone to American Gods than to Coraline, but permeated with Bods innocence, this needs to be read by anyone who is or has ever been a child.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
By turns macabre, uplifting, sinister, and heartwarming, Neil Gaimans #1 national bestseller is an ingenious reimagining of Rudyard Kiplings classic adventure The Jungle Book. Called a “novel of wonder . . . a tale of unforgettable enchantment” by the New York Times Book Review, The Graveyard Book will captivate readers of all ages with its timeless meditation on love, loss, survival, and sacrifice . . . and what it means to truly be alive.
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