Spreading the Awesome – The Graveyard Book

So this has been a fun weekend. Nashville’s status has been changed from CITY to LAKE after major storms/flooding. That is NOT awesome.

But this post is titled SPREAD THE AWESOME (an event organized by the lovely Elana Johnson).

And so I shall endeavor to do that.

Neil Gaiman.

Just the name makes some authors a little swoony. It evokes dark corners, phantom cities, button eyes, nightmares and wolves and gods and things that go bump. And graveyards.

The Graveyard Book is one of my absolute favorites. To me, it was the perfect combination of Gaiman’s talents. His wicked imagination paired with an incredibly distilled, and wonderfully realized story. It’s one of those books that slips in behind you like a second shadow. Some books cling, or dig their nails in, or nag, but not this one. It just lingers. You read it and it’s there and it never fully leaves.

Read it. It’s worth it. It’s lovely and dark and seemingly simple but not at all. It’s clever and touching and I hope that if you do read it, it will slip in to your life, too. It might be subtle, but that’s okay. I don’t really know how to explain my love of the book more than that. I don’t want to bog it down with analysis, try to excavate reasons. Instead, I’ll simply say – read it.

Want even more awesome?

You can find the links to ALL the reviews up today HERE.

And next in line, Michelle McLean is looking at the House of Night series on her blog HERE.

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23 thoughts on “Spreading the Awesome – The Graveyard Book

  1. patesden says:

    Great choice. The Graveyard Book tied with Kathi Appelt’s The Underneath as my favorite book last year.

  2. Anonymous says:

    THE GRAVEYARD BOOK definitely ranks as one of my favorite books of all time. Gaiman does an amazing job and it has inspired me everyday.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I’ve been wanting to read this one for awhile now. I really need to get on it! Thanks for posting a review!

  4. veschwab says:

    It was definitely in the top for last year, and made the list of top for all time for me, though I have a curiously hard time explaining the WHY of it. I just LOVE THIS BOOK.

  5. veschwab says:

    It’s FABULOUS.
    And yes, it continues to inspire.

  6. veschwab says:

    Re: hi
    You must! It’s seriously an incredible book.

  7. dawn_metcalf says:

    I loved this book. Love love love Gaiman’s take on growing up with the undead (but admit to kinda crying when he had a “Dance Macabray,” too, darnit). Think THE JUNGLE BOOK meets Tim Burton as only Gaiman can do it.
    Great pick and awesome post!!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the recommendation!
    Suzette Saxton

  9. carolinesr says:

    Fun to stop by your blog!
    I have to say, I still haven’t read this one. Need to get to it…

  10. Anonymous says:

    love Neil Gaiman…great choice

  11. Love this book. (And Neil Gaiman does make me swooney.) I listened to the audiobook, which I think won the best one of the year or something like that. Gaiman narrates, and his voice makes it even more special.

  12. Anonymous says:

    great book
    I do swoon for all things Gaiman–his books, his blog, his incredible audio-reading style. So kudos for choosing him. This blog event has been truly awesome.

  13. Anonymous says:

    From Nicole Ducleroir
    “…it will slip in to your life, too.” — From that line of your review alone, I want to read this book! Thanks for the awesome recommendation.

  14. Anonymous says:

    I have been dying to read this one! Good choice. Thanks for the review. 🙂

  15. veschwab says:

    Very welcome! I hope you enjoy. Report back!

  16. veschwab says:

    Thanks for stopping by!
    You must read!!! And then come and report back to me 🙂

  17. veschwab says:

    Neil Gaiman totally makes me swoon.
    I just ordered his Neverwhere audiobook because I heard his narration is AMAZING. *swoons at the thought*

  18. veschwab says:

    Re: great book
    Thanks! And SO MUCH SWOON.

  19. veschwab says:

    Re: From Nicole Ducleroir
    Well, thank you!! I hope you get a chance to read it :)))

  20. veschwab says:

    I hope you love it!! It seriously has been with me since the day I picked it up.

  21. elanajohnson says:

    This book is fantastic! What a great review.
    And dude, I had no idea about Nashville! Of course, I never watch the news or anything, but holy cows! 😦

  22. csbprincess says:

    I love Neil Gaiman! Everything he writes is a favorite of mine! Even his blog!!! ;o)
    What a great spotlight!
    Visit My Kingdom Anytime

  23. sandy_shin says:

    I’ve just borrowed it from the library. Will dive into it after finals! Thank you!

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