It’s rare that I get excited about a new book coming out. It’s even more rare that I get excited about a book from an author I’ve never read. And yet, here I am, excited.
Perhaps it’s the season. Anything called The Graveyard Book seems somehow seasonally appropriate. Perhaps it has something to do with the synopsis of the book, which reads like a children’s book. I love children’s books, and I can see countless libraries shelving this one in the YA section. Perhaps it has to do with the promotion tour for the book, which involves reading a chapter of the book in cemeteries and graveyards around the country, which I find moving. Perhaps it’s the fact that each reading is accessible for free on the author’s website, meaning you can hear the whole thing before you buy it. All pretty awesome stuff.
But wait, there’s more. The author, Neil Gaiman, is also the writer of one Stardust upon which a movie was based. A movie with a wonderful cast that I happened to enjoy immensely. Although I haven’t read the book, the movie was delightful. The plot was fanciful enough that I know I will enjoy other books by the same author. I may not know his writing style (yet), but from what I do know, I’m sure it will be a delight.