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I'm a long time reader - since way back when I was seven. That makes it over three quarters of my life that I will be a reader for. But it is worth it. When I'm not reading or wasting my time online on here or Goodreads I'll be off playing video games, studying teaching and messing around with friends and pop culture. Or reading some more.
The Graveyard Book, adult version - Neil Gaiman
Before I had picked up The Graveyard Book I was yet to find a Neil Gaiman novel I loved. His writing was always solid and interesting in [b:Neverwhere|14497|Neverwhere|Neil Gaiman|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1348747943s/14497.jpg|16534] and [b:Stardust|16793|Stardust|Neil Gaiman|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1328433738s/16793.jpg|3166179] but I didn't love those books to death like other readers. It's rather curious that this is the case because one of my favourite recent Doctor Who episodes was written by Gaiman. However I now have to look no further. This is the kind of book I was looking for.

The Graveyard Book sounded like a macabre story. It focused on a boy named Nobody raised among ghosts and by an un-dead guardian after a gruesome murder. In fact if I were to tell you that this book opens with a murder you would hardly think that it would turn out to be a charming fairytale in the end. But that is precisely what this story is: a fairytale set in a graveyard. If you've watched Once Upon a Time and enjoyed the slightly darker twist to recognisable fairytales you should enjoy this new one very much.

I fully recommend this book to anyone who still finds fairytale magic entertaining. You may not think that ghosts, ghouls and un-dead beings could cheer you up and make you almost teary eyed but this is a book that ignores what others think cannot happen and pushes ahead anyway. What Gaiman has done here that he did with Stardust and Neverwhere but that I did not capture was to create a remarkably new version of the fairytale story for a new generation.