WIR #23: The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard BookGaiman, Neil. The Graveyard Book. New York: Harper Collins Publishers. Copyright © 2008 Neil Gaiman.

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I finished J. V. Jones's The Barbed Coil just a few moments ago. Not a bad book, despite my taking such a long time to read it. The length of time spent reading it, though, had little bearing on the book itself. I was, well, for lack of a better way of putting it, distracted. I think I liked her earlier books better, though.

I've now moved on to Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book. The blurb is fairly short:

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy.

He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead.

There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy — an ancient Indigo Man beneath the hill, a gateway to a desert leading to an abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible menace of the Sleer.

But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack — who has already killed Bod's family....


I received an email today that Clarkesworld had rejected Moon-Shadow. They have a very fast response time. They say that they typically respond within two days, but can take as long as a week. I'll be mailing this to Fantasy and Science Fiction tomorrow.


I received mail on May 10th that Zoetrope: All-Story had rejected Moon-Shadow. It's now been sent to Clarkesworld, an online science fiction and fantasy magazine.