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Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Graveyard Book Read-a-Long: Discussion Part 2

This R.I.P. VII Read-a-Long is being hosted by Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings.

I know, I'm doing this backwards. I just posted my review, and now I'm going back to do the check-ins!

Carl's discussion question:

So let’s chat about Chapters 4-6 of The Graveyard Book.

Here are my thoughts:

In the middle chapters of the book, we see Bod growing older. He meets a witch named Liza Hempstock, who lives on the unconsecrated ground beside the graveyard. Even though he only just meets her, he wants so much to make her happy because she looks so sad. When she tells him that she wants nothing more than a headstone to mark her grave, he is determined to get her one. When Bod finds himself in a bit of a jam at the pawn shop, Liza comes to his rescue.

I am not really sure what to make of Chapter 5, Danse Macabre. The living dance the Macabray with the dead, although the living doesn't seem to realize it. This is probably my least favourite part of the book so far. The next morning, none of the dead will admit to the dance taking place the night before. I was disappointed in their denial and how they evaded and dismissed Bod's questions.

I absolutely loved Chapter 6, Nobody Owens' School Days. I loved Bod's advice to Paul Singh to not pay the blackmailing bullies, Nick and Mo. The character of Mo made a great villain, and I enjoyed seeing her comeuppance by the end of the chapter.


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