The Graveyard Book

byNeil Gaiman
Rating 8.5 /10 Readability
Read Time 7 hrs Readible On
Published: 2009Read: May 13, 2016Pages: 304
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by Juvoni Beckford@juvoni

A plot similar to The Jungle Book and Tarzan, with the essence of a Tim Burton Movie and extravagant spooky characters like those Halloween movie specials the Disney Channel used to feature. And yet, The Graveyard book stood all on its own, with amazing writing and creativity from Gaiman. Not only did this book bring me into the world of Bod, short for Nobody, who was raised by the inhabitants of the graveyard, it made me feel like an adventurous kid again. Which makes sense, since the book was made for children, but can be enjoyed by all ages.

Motivations to Read

This book was strongly recommended by Tim Ferriss and I was on the lookout for well narrated fiction books. Neil Gaiman is also a prolific writer, but I haven't read any of his books before, so hopefully this will be a good first impression. I'm drawn to stories that are targeted towards both children and adults, because they keep it simple while being filled with substance.

3 Reasons to Read

  • If you enjoyed the Jungle Book or Tarzan, you'll probably enjoy this as well.
  • The story of a boy named Bod who was raised in and by the Graveyard.
  • A rich and vibrant world, that will keep you engaged all the way through.

Notable Quotes

“Face your life, its pain, its pleasure, leave no path untaken.” Neil Gaiman

“You're always you, and that don't change, and you're always changing, and there's nothing you can do about it.” Neil Gaiman

“You're alive, Bod. That means you have infinite potential. You can do anything, make anything, dream anything. If you can change the world, the world will change. Potential. Once you're dead, it's gone. Over. You've made what you've made, dreamed your dream, written your name. You may be buried here, you may even walk. But that potential is finished.” Neil Gaiman

“People want to forget the impossible. It makes their world safer.” Neil Gaiman

Notes for this book are still being transcribed.
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posted September 11, 2016

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