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Gaiman, Neil: The Graveyard Book

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The Graveyard Book
Author: Neil Gaiman
Genre: Horror, Middle Grade
Pages: 320 (trade paperback)
Series: Stand Alone

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Why I Read It: I really enjoy most of Gaiman's work. I love love LOVE his Sandman graphic novel series, but then I was on the fence about American Gods (which is odd, because it seems to me to be one of his most beloved works.) Anyway, this book has quite a few accolades, one of them being the Newberry, which is kind of like the Oscar of middle grade novels, so my curiosity was piqued. Then my brother bought the book about a year ago and I finally decided to pick it up now.

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Final Verdict: While I was thrown off by the format of this novel (the overall story arc is broken down into short stories), I still found myself enjoying it quite a bit. However, due to this structure I found myself more enamoured with some chapters quite a bit more than others (one in particular really stood out). That chapter set the bar too high though, so that's not to say that the other chapters were BAD; Gaiman handled the setting of the graveyard wonderfully and I loved the atmosphere and mood of the whole thing. I'm a little bit on the fence about what age group this book is marketed to, but it doesn't really change how I feel about it one way or the other anyway. There was something about the ending that left a little be desired from me, but other than that, I thought this was a solid Gaiman novel. (It's still not as good as Sandman though. :) )

Cover Commentary: I like it, but for the life of me I can't figure out what that thing is! I know it's a tombstone, but I can't figure out the shape.. it looks like a wing to me or something, but for some reason I can't be sure. It honestly makes me feel quite daft that I can't figure it out. Anyway! Other than that, there's nothing about it that's unpleasant.

Gaiman, Neil: Coraline

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Coraline (2002)
Author: Neil Gaiman
Genre: Horror, Middle Grade
Pages: 176 (trade paperback)
Series: Stand Alone

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I picked this book up at work near the end of October in order to get my in the Halloween mood. It's a really short book, so I just read it on my breaks at work. I consider myself a Gaiman fan, even though I was pretty ambivalent about American Gods (not to say it's bad -- it just didn't resonate with me.) :) I am however in love with his Sandman graphic novel series and this title seemed to be a little more in that vein, but for a younger audience.

GUYS, this novel is so so creepy. I unfortunately didn't get to finish it before Halloween, but I really enjoyed it regardless. It's such a perfect fall read.

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Final Verdict: This is a really fun otherworldly adventure story that I can see kids gobbling up. Not only is it good fun, but it's got some awesome writing behind it too (I never expect less from the awesome Mr. Gaiman) and it is CREEPY!! Maybe some kids will be turned off by this, but I loved it, and thought it was extremely well done. When a children's book can creep out an adult? That is a difficult balancing act and Gaiman succeeded. There are also awesome pictures throughout the book which complement the creepy tone perfectly. Totally recommended if you're a fan of Gaiman and/or creepy stuffs. Recommended to any small children you may know as well (unless they are sensitive to scary stuff. Then it might not be such a good idea.)

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