Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Neil Gaiman

Yes, I have been on somewhat of a Neil Gaiman roll there lately -- one broken only by Michael Connelly's The Brass Verdict. I think there's Gaiman reading I've done that's not even included in my list, such as the daily reading of Neil's blog. And I just bought Neverwhere and the graphic novel version of Coraline. I don't really know why I'm on such a Gaiman kick lately -- I think it's circular -- I started reading the Lucifer comics, which are based on the version of Lucifer from the Sandman, then I got an urge to read Sandman again, which put me in the mood for The Graveyard Book (just in time for it to be released), which then made me want to read the Coraline graphic novel (I've already read the book), which put me in the mood for another Gaiman book I'd previously read, Good Omens, which puts me right back with Lucifer.

The Graveyard Book: Neil Gaiman: I liked this little book. It's about a very small boy who escapes the murder of his family in the most innocent sounding way possible -- he toddles out of his crib and out into the night. He ends up in a graveyard, is adopted by two of the ghosts, given a name (Nobody (or Bod to his friends) Owens), and given the Freedom of the Graveyard. This freedom keeps him safe; as long as he's in the graveyard he can't be hurt. But he's a young boy -- he's going to want his real freedom, but the Man Jack, who killed his family, is still out there looking for him. I loved the story, was a little disappointed in the reason why the Man Jack killed Bod's family, and loved the ending -- it was perfect for this book.

2 comments:

BabelBabe said...

hey, have you read Bill Willingham's Fables graphic novels? You might really dig them...

Katya said...

I just got a couple of them today and am looking forward to going home and reading them tonight.