This week I finished “Scarlet” by Stephen R. Lawhead and “The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman.
I enjoyed “Scarlet” just as much as “Hood” although it took me awhile to get into the book initially because this book changed the point of view from Bran to Will Scarlet. And just as before there were lots of fun historical details to feast upon.
This was the first time reading a Neil Gaiman book for me, he wrote “Stardust” which was turned into a movie and is much acclaimed. “The Graveyard Book” won the Newberry Medal for 2008 and totally deserved it. It was inspired by “The Jungle Book” except in this case the boy is not raised by wolves, but by ghosts. It is funny and lyrical and can be exceedingly creepy. One of the blurbs on the back put it just right when they said that Gaiman has a “dark almost silky sense of humor”. I loved the book, but made the mistake of reading it late at night. Warning: contains murder and ghosts, lots and lots of ghosts.