The Graveyard Book

coverI just finished The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman this morning.

I almost read this non stop. Well, I stopped when I had to.  It's a story about a child who's family is murdered when he is an infant.  The child (who is named by the dead,Nobody Owens) comes to live in a near by cemetery and grows up there into adolescence.  He lives among the 'ghosts' of the dead, not really scary ghosts.  Well not all.  Anyhow it's about growing up, being alive, struggle, and love.  There's adventure and lessons learned.  You can read HERE what Gaiman said about the book soon after he finished it.

Silas is Noboby's guardian.  Here are some words from the book that stuck with me.

Silas said, "Out there, the man who killed your family  is, I believe, still looking for you, still intends to kill you."
Bod shrugged.  "So?" he said. "It's only death. I mean, all of my best friends are dead."
"Yes." Silas hesitated.  "They are. And they are, for the most part, done with the world.  You are not.  You're alive, Bod.  That means you have infinite potential.  You can do anything, make anything, dream anything.  If you change the world, the world will change.  Potential.  Once you're dead, it's gone.  Over.  You've made what you've made, dreamed your dream, written your name.  You may be buried here, you may even walk.  But that potential is finished."

Good stuff.
Well I'm off to check on the kiln.  Hopefully I'll have some pots up here in an hour or so.  Check back soon.