Okay wow. I was not expected such an emotional rollercoaster from this spoopy middle grade! I loved every moment, and why oh why hasn’t Tim Burton made this into a movie yet?!
Let’s first talk about Bod. Lil’ Nobody Owens. What a fabulous name??? I’m living for his character arc and his relationships and his morals and his outlook on life. You’d think growing up in a graveyard would break a person – well not Bod! He has this beautiful desire to learn and to adapt, and he values friendship and knowledge more than any possession.
The layout of The Graveyard Book is pretty masterful to be honest. It’s amazing that Gaiman can carry an overall plot through 16 years as well as have multiple sub-plots and including entire story arcs in single chapters. I can’t get over how well-crafted this book is!
Overall, a fabulous and sweet Halloween read – definitely one to go for between a lot of hardcore horror.
Definitely a good Halloween read! The more I think about this story, the more creepy it becomes. I have never seen the movie before but the book alone gave me the shivers.
The fascinating thing about Coraline is that you can tell that the author is extremely talented from some of the simplest and most effective phrases. However, he chose to write Corlaine as a children’s book. If this story were to be adapted into an adult novel, I know that Neil Gaiman would have the ability make it just as or more creepy. But it’s a kids’ book. Something about the childlike narration adds something sinister to it though, almost as if you can sense the innocence being fed on throughout the story.
When visualising the story in my head, I managed to come up with some terrifying images based on the descriptions. Of course, no reader is the same, but I feel like anyone could just see all the weird and odd things the author was describing. In some ways, I kind if compare Corlaine to the Mrs. Peregrines Peculiar Children series, because neither of them know how creepy they actually are.
Overall, very compelling – I read it all in one sitting!
Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the
fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the
source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse
Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins
with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the
deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the
gods and the rebirth of a new time and people. Gaiman stays true to the myths
while vividly reincarnating Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and
cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and
Loki, the son of giants, a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator. From
Gaiman’s deft and witty prose emerges the gods with their fiercely competitive
natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to dupe others, and their
tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths
breathe pungent life again.
Reading these stories gave me
such a surge of nostalgia. I grew up on these myths. The battered big book of
myths for children (which is still on my shelf to this day) was my favourite
bedtime storybook. Perhaps I am especially fond of these stories because I’m Swedish,
but part of what makes me like them so much is that once upon a time people
believed them to be true. Somehow, that makes them “real” stories in my eyes.
Gaiman has taken the original myths and added a bit of character and
vivaciousness to them, making this book a captivating read. I recognized almost
all of the stories from my childhood, save for some details and the more
gruesome stories. I now realize that my storybook for children was rather
edited and simplified. Fortunately. Some of these myths are extremely gruesome
and violent, and would’ve probably emotionally scarred 5-year-old me for life.
Even so, for the most part these stories are just incredibly entertaining,
switching between thrilling and funny. I love seeing the parallels to other
famous fantasy stories in these myths, because many fantasy writers have been
inspired by these stories of heroes and giants and magical objects. For
example, the Fenris Wolf, the monstrous wolf who is destined to swallow the sun
and moon at Ragnarok, inspired J.K. Rowling when she created and named Fenrir
Greyback, the werewolf from Harry Potter. It proves that these stories were not
only important to Vikings in the olden times, but still have an impact in our
lives today. They have lived on, and are still as spellbinding as they were