The Graveyard Book Neil Gaiman, Harper Collins Publishers, New York, 2008.
This book fascinated me, from the opening line “There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife;” to the end, “But between now and then, there was Life; and Bod walked into it with his eyes and his heart wide open.”
In between we are introduced to a fantastic world of the graveyard, where people no longer age, but continue in spirit at the age they were when they died. This graveyard is special, because the inhabitants show charity towards a baby who comes to them in need. The people of the graveyard take the baby in, and nurture him, and care for him, and give them of their special graveyard powers, like fading, and haunting, and being able to walk through walls. This story also has the intensity of a murder mystery, and murder adventure, and fantasy of the underworld, and all the dangers of the graveyard, and the danger outside of the graveyard. This was a very fun read. It was also a very quick book, and I recommend it highly.