The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
My second time to read The Graveyard Book in almost as many years, and I was even more impressed the second time around. I finished it last night at about 11:30 p.m., and I was so pleasantly prickly and tingly and full of the book that I certainly wasn't ready to pick up and start anything else right away. I just wanted The Graveyard Book to settle down over me and in me while I fell asleep. It's not a perfect book - I think the whole Honour Guard thing is a bit cheesy in a summer blockbuster kind of way - but the cleverness and writing and overall feeling of the book smothers than cheese (perhaps if I'm going to follow this idea of cheese down an almost trite rabbit hole, I'm going to say "smothers the stench of limburger"). Gaiman definitely has created a world here, that seems to stretch from book to book; for example, if The Graveyard Book and The Ocean at the End of the Lane aren't brothers, they are definitely cousins. The Gaiman canon is a magical, mysterious, marvelous one.
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