Wednesday, 11 November 2009

YOUNG ADULT REVIEW: The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman


Pastworld. A city within a city. A city for excursions and outings. Pastworld is a theme park with a difference, where travellers can travel back in time for a brush with an authentic Victorian past. But what if the Jack the Ripper figure stopped play-acting and really started killing people? For Caleb, a tourist from the present day, his visit goes terribly wrong when his father is kidnapped and he finds himself accused of murder. Then Caleb meets Eva Rose, a Pastworld inhabitant who has no idea the modern world exists. Both Caleb and Eva have roles to play in the murderer's diabolical plans - roles that reveal disturbing truths about their origins.


Originally a hidden cult phenom Neil Gaiman burst onto the movie scene with Stardust. Renowned for his quirky sense of humour, his epic breadth of scenes and of course a cast of extra’s that are not only fascinating but keep the reader coming back for more as each character is expanded upon in their own separate tales so that they feel more real be they human or spirit. Whilst Gaiman isn’t to everyone’s tastes I really do love his writing style. If you’re looking for something special as the nights draw in and if your Young Adult reader hasn’t had enough horror, then make this your next purchase. It will soon have them glued.

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