The Graveyard Book is a book that I read a while ago, but recently listened to the audiobook version of. The reason I listened to the audiobook is because I listened to a podcast between the author, Neil Gaiman, and Tim Ferriss. Throughout the conversation, Ferriss repeatably brings up his admiration for the book, and how much he enjoyed listening to the audiobook version narrated by Gaiman.
Ferriss commonly refers to The Graveyard Book as one of his favorite works of fiction ever. While I would not consider it that (maybe there are deeper meanings to the book I am missing), I did enjoy listening to The Graveyard Book. I thought that the characters were fascinating, and I thought that the book portrayed life/death in an interesting way. The book takes place in a graveyard where most of the characters are dead, but it does not treat death like a taboo subject; instead, the ghosts and characters throughout the book have the same type of personalities as living characters, the only difference being they are dead.
The Graveyard Book starts off very dark at the beginning, and you might think it is a horror book at first. It grows into something much better and happier though, and it is only for the first chapter or so that it is a somber mood. Overall, I think The Graveyard Book is a book worth reading, even if I am recommending it with less zeal than Tim Ferriss did.
The Graveyard Book Recommendation Rating: 4
1: Something worth checking out if you have time
2: Something that is a hit for some people, but not a must for everyone
3: Something worth prioritizing if interested
4: Something worth making time to check out
5: An absolute home run, worth going out of your way for
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