Friday, October 21, 2011
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
I absolutely loved the premise of this novel, and the originality of the graveyard being a little island of security amidst a larger world filled with peril and horror really appealed to me. The imagery of the child (named "Nobody" by the spirits) playing amongst the tombstones with the ghosts of long-dead children, resonated with me as well. It was literally the moment after finishing the book that the idea for a doll popped into my head.
Like Coraline, The Graveyard Book is one of Neil Gaiman's children's novels, but it can definitely be enjoyed by adults, and in fact, the opening scene might even be regarded as too frightening for some children.