Book Review: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

9780061972652_p0_v9_s260x420The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

with Illustrations by Dave McKean

Available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle Formats.

When young Nobody Owens was just a baby, a very bad man broke into his house and killed his family. The young tot escaped by making his way into a graveyard where he came under the protection of the spirits who reside there.  Bod has he comes to be called inhabits the graveyard walking in and through places that only the dead know.  Raised by loving and well meaning ghost, Nobody has little contact with the living save those who come into his twilight world. Most don’t even notice him.  When one does, it begins the first friendship Bod has with a living soul. Outside the graveyard, the world has forgotten about his parent’s murder and everyone except the murder who is waiting to finish the job.

Gaiman’s prose combined with the illustrations by Dave McKean give the book a unique feel not quite macabre, but definitely dark and twisted in a way that draws readers in. Basically, everything we love about Halloween except the candy.  The only thing that I would have liked to have seen more of were the illustrations. Thankfully, Gaiman with the assistance of another illustrator took care of that with the creation of a two volume  The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel.

Something I am officially putting on my wish list.



Lu, just Lu

Reflections from the Soon To Be Published

Every Sunday from now until September, I am schedule to work at my second job.  Two nights a week, I teach at night and don’t see my home until nearly nine at night.  My life for the next month will continue to contain one day off a week and very little time that isn’t spoken for and I am okay with that because it is helping me focus.

Focus is good. Focus is what it takes to be a success.

Focus reminds me to write, to schedule time for myself at my writing desk.

It takes focus to be a writer. You can’t just write whenever the mood strikes and hope to be successful.  This may work for some, but for the majority of professional writers and I am including independent authors such as myself we have to write everyday.

Since I am new to the writing game, I am not going to bore  you with my thoughts writing.  Right now, I have many and  I am sure that more than a few are incorrect.  What am I going to do is assure you of a couple things.

1) You are crazy, but it is alright all the best people are.

2)The only way to get your book done is to follow the advice of people like Neil Gaiman and put one word after another on paper until you are done.

3) Writing is hard work and also an obsession. See I told you are crazy.

4) If you don’t like it or find it boring then your readers will as well.

5) There are only so many hours in the day, do what you can everyday and try and do a little better the next day.  It will never feel like enough, but even writers are human.

Please feel free to add your thoughts below.

Neil Gaiman’s Last US Signing Tour

The information contained in this post is not new. It has been out in the ether for quite sometime, but if you are like me and 2013 has been a year where you didn’t know if you were coming or going you probably missed it. 

Neil Gaiman is on his last U.S. signing tour after which as the name implies he won’t be doing any more signings.  To find out if he is coming to you, visit Where is Neil? and purchase a ticket in advance.  Some of the signings are already sold out.

If you live in Florida, the information you need is below. Sadly, I won’t be there as it is one of the few days I work this summer and I am currently past the point where I can rearrange my schedule.  But just because I can’t go doesn’t mean that the rest of you fine folks should be denied the opportunity.

June 23, 2013

The Last US Signing Tour: Coral (signing) Line

Location: Coral Gables, FL
Sunday, 2:00pm

Presented by Books & Books.

Temple Judea
5500 Granada Boulevard
Coral Gables, FL 33146

Purchase of THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE (cover price $25.99, plus tax) includes entry for one to the event and a voucher for the book redeemable upon publication or at the event.

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