This book was given to me for Christmas this year and I started reading it that very same day (come on–you aren’t really surprised, are you?). I don’t read many graphic novels and haven’t read the original version of this novel, but I like reading something outside of my norm (in fact, it is something I want to do more of this year) and so I was excited to give this book a go. If you like graphic novels or have enjoyed other books by this author then stick around and you might end up with a new book on your TBR! 😛
Title: The Graveyard Book (Graphic Novel)
Author: Neil Gaiman
Genre: Paranormal fiction
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Synopsis: “Each chapter in this adaptation by P. Craig Russell—now combined into one splendid volume—is illustrated by a different luminary from the comic book world, showcasing a variety of styles from a breadth of talent. Together, they bring Neil Gaiman’s Newbery Medal-winning, nationally bestselling novel The Graveyard Book to new life in this gorgeously illustrated graphic novel adaptation.
Inventive, chilling, and filled with wonder, Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book reaches new heights in this stunning single-volume paperback edition.” Click here to see the original synopsis!
I debated over what rating to give this book and eventually settled on a four because I definitely did enjoy reading it, despite certain things about my reading experience that I found a little odd.
I really liked the premise of the story, which was very original and just spooky enough for me to enjoy, but not get legitimately freaked out by. I often find that I don’t connect as well to characters in a graphic novel since I get to spend less time with them and this book was no exception. Although, since it was such a long graphic novel, I did start to really connect during the second half (aka the second volume). I also really enjoyed how each chapter was illustrated by a different artist. It may have taken some of the flow away from the story, but I found it exciting with each new chapter that I got to see a different interpretation of this world.
The thing that prevented me from giving this book a higher rating is the simple fact that I found the plot difficult to follow in certain places. At first I thought it was because I wasn’t used to reading graphic novels, but I began to realize that each chapter was basically a whole new mini story about the main character, Bod. It did all come together in the last chapter, but I found that this way of telling the story made it feel rather disjointed and a less patient reader than me may not have persevered until the end. I sure am glad that I did, though, because I felt a wonderful sense of closure.
I recommend this to anyone who loved the original book or loves Neil Gaiman, but if you are new to graphic novels then this might not be the best place to start.
Happy reading! Do you have any favourite graphic novels?