The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – Book Review and Graphic Novel Review

A toddler, whose family has been murdered, wanders into a graveyard. The various spirits of the graveyard band together to raise him as best they can. However, eventually he must venture into the outside world and discover all the glory and horror that it holds.

Initially, I read the two graphic novels that tell the story of the book. I loved them – yes, there were a few bits that I didn’t instantly get, but it really didn’t take long to figure it all out. I loved the drawings and the concept itself tickled me. After, because it’s me, I read the book – and it was also fantastic, though I’d recommend one or the other. There’s no advantage really to read both – and in fact, the artwork of the graphic novel would push me to recommend that over the book.

 

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman – Book Review

As an adult, a man returns to his childhood home and recalls a story which is so magical, so mysterious, so strange that it couldn’t possibly be true. I don’t want to recall any more of the plot here because I knew nothing going in and absolutely loved not knowing anything, and just taking the mysterious journey.

I listened to this as an audio book, read by Neil Gaiman, which I just loved. I’ve heard Gaiman on podcasts and in interviews, and listening to him read this story took me totally into this world. It felt real, and yet so unreal. I could listen to him all day.  Having only recently read any of his works, I’m loving it.