Mrs. Lupescu is a wonderful name. It's Romanian - "Lup" means wolf and "escu" is a common family name ending. And she even says "da", the word for "yes" from time to time and calls Bod "Nimini" - which is a sort of accented "nobody" in Romanian (the correct for is "nimeni", but who cares). Neil is wonderful like that.
i love it when writers do what you just described, it gives the story more depth.
That's a very cool bit of information. I always imagined her as Romanian-esque - little did I know the author had put the idea in my head. Just another example of his good writing.
I can't wait to get this book in. I pre-ordered it a month ago, and now I'm just waiting for it to show up on my doorstep. Should have just bought it in the store. Oh well, another couple of days won't kill me.
Is Silas a vampire? :) i love him
I should probably expand a little. Clues: He mentions having a coffin full of dirt from his native soil, plus the line where he says that he "Does not eat bananas," He can not take place in the Macabre because he is neither living nor dead, he rarely eats anything, is only ever seen at night, and has the powers of persuasion which are often attributed to vampires (When he encourages the first man Jack to leave the graveyard for instance.). He mentions not dieing, or getting into trouble. He is pale and visible to humans. All told, I can't think of much else he could be.
And don't forget in the pizza place when you can't see his reflection on the shiny tabletop!
I would highly recommend listening to Neil Gaimen read it aloud, especially the live recording on his website. He has a wonderful voice, and it's fun to hear everyone laugh and gasp along with you. Plus hearing the sound intended by the writer to be "Help" in Night Gaunt is amusing.
I only just heard of the book today. I'm interested in what others here think but only briefly scanned the reviews and discussions since I'd rather not know much about a book before I read it. I do like your suggestion to listen to it on tape/cd. I gather that it is written for children or young adults. But I enjoy a wide spectrum and confess to still getting a kick out of a Nancy Drew book occasionally.
I really enjoyed listening to him read the story as well. You get something from it that you lose when a "hired voice" reads a story. You get the REAL story, they way it was meant to be told.
i've read the book, but I definately think this book would be more enjoyable if read aloud somehow. I haven't yet experienced audio book, let alone hearing a story read by the writer himself, but it's on my wishlist. :)
Since this book was just awarded the Newbery Medal, I am wondering about the age group it is appropriate for? Amazon lists the book for age 9-12, but I've seen a couple of things that say YA? I have only listened to the first chapter being read by Neil Gaiman and plan to read the book, but I'm curious about other opinions out there on the audience. If it is considered YA why was it not in the Printz category instead of the Newbery? Any thoughts on this?
It is in the 9-12 category. YA novels are often awarded the Newbery. The most famous being A Wrinkle in Time. Hattie Big Sky was an honorable mention and is also classified as YA.
I think it's most appropriate for a younger audience (9-12). It could still be enjoyed by young adults (or adults for that matter, I loved it).
I'm a little surprised that it was awarded the Newbery, since it really does read much more for the 11+ age group to me. But, then again, I consider HP4 and on to be YA, to give you a point of reference.
I had thought that myself and then remembered that past Newbery winner's include Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry and The Giver. Roll of Thunder is very graphic and is of more mature content. I know The Giver isn't taught until 8th grade in my school district.
When I compare those books to this one, it isn't so bad.
I could see this book giving some 10 year old nightmares!
I believe this is one of those books that everyone can read. It is young enough for a YA, but old enough that adults enjoy too. I read this book in about two days (I couldn't put it down). I'm 26 so there is no way I can pass for a young adult. It reminds me of the Jungle Book or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It is one of those books that can't really put in one category. FYI- I found this book in the adult fiction section of my local library.
I would definately say it's YA because of the content, although it's got pictures for younger readers. My 13 yo picked it for his summer reading, and I'm reading it along with him. I think I'm enjoying it more than he is!
I haven't read this book, but picked it up and set it back down in the library only yesterday in order to read American Gods instead! I heard he was a great author and wanted to read a novel by him. I started the book today only to find out about the Newbery Medal for this book an hour later. Coincidence?! I think Im a new Gaiman fan! I knew that I had found something special and I had been right! I couldnt wait to read this book before it was an award winner, but now it is at the top of my list. Congrats to the author! Keep them coming!
Be sure to read Anansi Boys after American Gods.
To be honest, The Graveyard Book is the first Gaiman book that I loved because the execution was spot on (AT LAST). American Gods is definitly not a favorite, neither is Stardust (the movie was so much better than the book, how ofter does that happen?). I do recommend Good Omens however.
I'm reading this book right now and i still love it! I'm at the part were they all are done dancing the macarbe and none of the ghosts want to talk about it.
I am at the same part in the book , and I too love this story. We bought it on CD as well as the book so the whole family is "reading " it together. The CD is wonderful if anyone is interested in listening to it. I can't wait to read more of his writing, his words are delightfully harmonious.
I really enjoyed the audio of this book. I did not particularly enjoy the story itself (I know, I am the only person on the planet) but listen to Gaiman tell his story was worth every moment of my time.
Neil Gaiman is a gifted storyteller. I also listened to the audio version, and felt his rendition made the story come to life (no pun intended). I often read a book and follow it up with the audio book to gain another perspective. Some times though, I can't stand the reader's voice, or the way they perform the voices of the characters and can't continue listening to it.
I have also read coraline and i say Neil Gaiman is a great author
Not the best book but its a bout a boy that lives in a graveyard
and he can do all kinds of things ghost thaught him to do
could anyone connect when mr. frost and scarlett talk about the murders for the first time? just being curious...
Could anyone remember why jack(is that his name?) killed Bod's parents and siblings and had planned to for years?
There is mention of a prophecy that said a certain family would bring down the Jacks of All Trades, so they hunted that family for generations. Supposedly, that's why Bod's parents were killed.
It's also an interesting example of a prophecy that fulfilled itself when the bad guys tried to prevent it.
It's pretty good for a children book, better than Coraline and miles away from Stardust as far as the writing is concerned.
Would you recommend this book???
Very much so.
I highly recommend this book. Gaiman's imagery and literary style is very engaging. His ability to create complete worlds out of fantasy is amazing. I also listened to this book on audio as one of the previous posters did. Gaiman is a wonderful narrator and story teller. Overall this is a wonder example of the genius of Gaiman :)
Best book Ever
It was a very OKAY book.....
this book is sooo mysterious!
really well written and you can really see it inside of your head.
great book but scarlet could have been nicer to bod
silas is a vampire
Bod is leaving the graveyard for good after 15 years. If you were leaving the place you had lived for 15 years where is the first place you would go? Why would you go to that place?
were ever would seem safe
Should I read this?
no its very boring
how can he talk in the beginnig he is still young
A very good book, and it was very well written. Neil Gaiman is a good author.
I really enjoyed reading this book!