Alrighty then, post numero dos in Jenn’s readalong of The Graveyard Book! (Sorry this is a day late guys, past couple days have been CRAZY busy.)
Soooo, where did we last leave our intrepid hero?
Well, Silas decides he has to take a field trip to someplace to get some sort of information, and Bod has a rare very living-child-like tantrum about it. He whines and is all upset, and Silas leaves him in the care of a stern lady named Mrs. Lupescu who does all sorts of horrible things like try to teach him stuff and feed him nutritious food instead of the processed junk he’s been eating his whole life. Anyways, Bod is all upset and ends up deciding to go with 2 super creepy little men-thingys that end up being ghouls, and ghouls suck. And they wanna make him a ghoul too, and we don’t even wanna know what kind of horrible process that would be, and Bod is able to kind of save himself by calling for help in a weird supernatural language – and guess who taught him that? Mrs. Lupescu! Who also happens to be the one to come save his ass in her werewolf-form. Yay! And they bond, and Silas comes back, and everyone’s hunky-dory. Then Bod acts afool again by going to the part of the graveyard that’s unconsecrated and befriending the ghost of a witch named Liza and he wants to do something nice for her, like get her a headstone. He goes back to the super-creepy-crypt and steals a brooch and then he ACTUALLY SNEAKS OUT OF THE GRAVEYARD and goes to a pawnshop to sell it and get enough dough to buy her a headstone. And the pawnshop owner is a jerk named Abanazer Bolger who figures out that Bod is some weird creepy kid with no parents near by, so he locks him in the backroom to find out where the brooch came from so he can go and get more treasure, and he also considers calling this weird guy named Jack who happened to be looking for a strange boy… and then Liza shows up and helps Bod do some Fading-thingy and he’s able to escape. He goes back to the graveyard, gets lectured, and is able to give Liza her headstone – awww.
Wow, that was a long recap… and probably unnecessary. Oh well. Onward to some discussion questions!
1. What do you think Silas left to find out and of his bringing a present back for Bod?
I have NO CLUE what Silas left to go do… Maybe it was to try to find out more about Stabby Jack? Although why would he do that after this long? No clue. And awww that he brought Bod a present. That’s such a human thing to do, bring back a souvenir for someone.
2. Do you that that Miss Lupescu is hard on Bod or in comparison that the others are too soft?
I think the others are too soft. It’s probably part of that whole we’re-dead-anyways-so-screw-it thing, but the ghosts in the graveyard should at least remember that it’s not good for a kid to be raised on nothing but convenience store junk food! And of course he could and should be learning more than he does just from them.
3. Do you find anything fascinating about the ghouls? What did you like most about the whole adventure?
The ghouls were weird. I didn’t know what to think about them, but they sounded creepy as all hell. I don’t get the whole naming-ourselves-as-famous-important-people deal, or what they really get out of turning a kid into a ghoul, or anything like that. I did however like that the whole thing kind of made Bod stop being such a little creep and appreciate Mrs. Lupescu. And YAY her for being an big scary werewolf / Hound of God.
4. Did those scenes alter your opinion of Miss Lupescu?
Well I kind of already liked her, so this just cemented my approval of her.
5. Do you think that Bod was disobeying when he went to the Potter’s field?
Yes. Cause you know, everyone said “Hey! Don’t go near there!” which meant that of course he had to go there and get into mischief. It’s not really clear why they’re all so wary of it though. Just because it’s unconsecrated ground? Or because there’s criminals buried there? Or because the graveyard people are jealous that the ones buried there have more freedom to move about?
This part is where I’ve found my favorite quote of the book so far, from Silas of course:
“Wherever you go, you take yourself with you.”
6. What do you think of the Liza being a witch or the way that she was killed?
I think good for her! She obviously got really screwed over there. There’s so many stories of women who were screwed over by men they were romantically involved with, and got burned as witches. Of course in this case she actually was, but good! I’m glad she was able to you know, exact her revenge. I’m so glad I wasn’t alive back then, things really sucked for women.
7. Do you think Bod’s new found ability to Fade will change his fate?
I didn’t quite realize that she permanently helped him with his Fading… I thought that was a one-time only kind of deal. Although now I just went to kind of re-read that section, and I guess he does imply that he thinks he can Fade now, so… cool? I think it’ll definitely help him out a lot, since he’s hiding from Stabby Jack, not that he exactly knows that.
8. How do you feel about the headstone that Bod made for Liza, and what he wrote on it?
It just made me go “Awwwww you’re a good kid.” If I was there I probably would’ve ruffled his hair a bit.
OK so that’s my long-winded post! I’m thinking I may go ahead and read the next chapters today, because I’ll be busy the rest of the week doing anniversary stuff and spending time with the honeyman