Book Review: The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel, Volume One by Neil Gaiman, adapted by P. Craig Russell

Published by Kirsten on October 21st, 2014 - in Uncategorized

 The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel, Volume 1, by Neil Gaiman, adapted by P. Craig Russell

Harper Collins, 2014

ISBN13: 9780062312556

Available: Hardback


So let’s say a beautiful story, the kind you never forget, isn’t good enough for you. So someone decides to translate it into a visual medium. but one artist isn’t enough. Here Russell decides to give artist teams each a chapter to create.

The Graveyard Book is awesome, and in Russell’s graphic novel adaptation of  Neil Gaiman’s Newbery Award-winning novel, other artists have distilled that exquisiteness into a new form. Sometimes the tale is exceedingly grim (it begins with a blood covered knife and a crime scene) but at its heart, it’s about choosing how to live. Not recommended for young children, but highly reommended for teens and adults.


Contains: Graphic violence, dark themes

Reviewed by Michele Lee


Editor’s Note: I think the illustrations in the original book are more shocking and leave more to the imagination than the graphic novel, which is, well, much more graphic. Either way, it’s a compelling story, with impressive artwork, and it’s pretty neat to see it adapted into another format– fans of Gaiman’s who love his comic books and graphic novels but have never encountered The Graveyard Book are being given an incredible opportunity. I do want to emphasize that, as Michele notes, because it is much more graphic and detailed, the graphic novel is not child-appropriate. Handle with care– and enjoy!

All Hallow’s Read: Pass It On!

Published by Kirsten on October 12th, 2014 - in Uncategorized

All Hallow’s Read is a Halloween tradition sparked in 2011 by Neil Gaiman, who suggested that it’s the perfect time to gift someone with a scary book. I’ll let him explain.

Note the part where he said to visit the library because the librarian is a great source for information on scary books? Take that to heart. Visit the All Hallow’s Read website here. You can find ideas for good scary books here at Monster Librarian, as well. If you haven’t started this tradition yet, this year is the time to start. Let the shivers start!


Help a Reader Out: Edgar Alllan Poe Historical Mystery

Published by Kirsten on October 8th, 2014 - in Uncategorized

Edgar Allan Poe’s birthday rolls around and we get this request. How timely!

A reader asks:

I’m looking for a book about Edgar Allan Poe that takes place around the time of Poe’s death, and takes place in Baltimore. It is a mystery and I think the cover is gray and Poe’s name is in the title.

Ooh, I know this one!

It’s The Poe Shadow by Matthew Pearl. A young Baltimore lawyer with good propects who is also an admirer  of Poe’s, indignant with the tarnishing of Poe’s reputation at his death, starts prying into the details at the expense of his own reputation, finances, and sanity. It’s not horror, although some horrific things happen, but the author does an amazing job of recreating historical Baltimore and tracing the theories of exactly what did happen to Edgar Allan Poe.