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02 May 2010 @ 11:30 pm
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.
patesdenpatesden on May 3rd, 2010 11:54 am (UTC)
Great choice. The Graveyard Book tied with Kathi Appelt's The Underneath as my favorite book last year.
Victoria Schwabveschwab on May 3rd, 2010 02:58 pm (UTC)
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.
jonathonarntson.blogspot.com on May 3rd, 2010 02:17 pm (UTC)
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.
Victoria Schwabveschwab on May 3rd, 2010 02:58 pm (UTC)

And yes, it continues to inspire.
(Anonymous) on May 3rd, 2010 02:43 pm (UTC)
I've been wanting to read this one for awhile now. I really need to get on it! Thanks for posting a review!

Victoria Schwabveschwab on May 3rd, 2010 02:58 pm (UTC)
Re: hi
You must! It's seriously an incredible book.
dawn_metcalf: Smile!dawn_metcalf on May 3rd, 2010 03:33 pm (UTC)
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!!
(Anonymous) on May 3rd, 2010 04:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the recommendation!

Suzette Saxton
Victoria Schwabveschwab on May 4th, 2010 02:13 am (UTC)
Very welcome! I hope you enjoy. Report back!
carolinesr on May 3rd, 2010 04:50 pm (UTC)
Fun to stop by your blog!

I have to say, I still haven't read this one. Need to get to it...
Victoria Schwabveschwab on May 4th, 2010 02:15 am (UTC)
Thanks for stopping by!

You must read!!! And then come and report back to me :)
christinefonseca.wordpress.com on May 3rd, 2010 05:04 pm (UTC)
love Neil Gaiman...great choice
Angie Smibertangie_smibert on May 3rd, 2010 06:45 pm (UTC)
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.
Victoria Schwabveschwab on May 4th, 2010 02:15 am (UTC)
Neil Gaiman totally makes me swoon.

I just ordered his Neverwhere audiobook because I heard his narration is AMAZING. *swoons at the thought*
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Victoria Schwabveschwab on May 4th, 2010 02:16 am (UTC)
Re: great book
Thanks! And SO MUCH SWOON.
(Anonymous) on May 4th, 2010 12:58 am (UTC)
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.

Victoria Schwabveschwab on May 4th, 2010 02:18 am (UTC)
Re: From Nicole Ducleroir
Well, thank you!! I hope you get a chance to read it :)))
shannonkodonnell.blogspot.com on May 4th, 2010 02:09 am (UTC)
I have been dying to read this one! Good choice. Thanks for the review. :-)
Victoria Schwabveschwab on May 4th, 2010 02:19 am (UTC)
I hope you love it!! It seriously has been with me since the day I picked it up.
elanajohnsonelanajohnson on May 4th, 2010 04:37 am (UTC)
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! :(
csbprincess on May 4th, 2010 05:15 pm (UTC)
I love Neil Gaiman! Everything he writes is a favorite of mine! Even his blog!!! ;o)

What a great spotlight!

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