June Book: The Graveyard Book
Author: Neil Gaiman (Illustrations by Dave McKean)
First Published: 2008
From the blurb:
“Nobody Owens… is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead.”
Neil Gaiman may be a ‘beloved master storyteller’ but I’m not interested in hearing.
I am totally turned off by this genre but I decided to surrender to the book circle process and give it a go. After all this is why I joined – to have me try reading stuff outside my normal scope.
In the end I spent about 30 minutes skim reading the entire book (it’s quite a short book aimed at a teen audience and, OK, it was a very quick skim read).
I tried. I really did. But I hated it. I couldn’t relate to the characters, the setting, the story, the genre. I didn’t want to. It’s just not me.
The illustrations served only to break up the text but to me didn’t add anything to the story. I think my imagination did a better job.
So an epic failure this month. I am hoping the second half of the year turns up some more interesting reads for me!
Melissa’s rating : 1/10 (now I’m feeling really bad about scoring Bad Science a 2 last month. After reading The Graveyard Book I should revise Bad Science to a 5!)