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Friday, October 17, 2008

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Posted by Irish in Uncategorized1 Comment

Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Year: 2008
ISBN: 006082543X
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 192

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Coraline by Neil Gaiman is a delightfully creepy story. It centers around a young girl named Coraline who recently moved into a huge old house with her parents. Her parents are both busy people and she is left to her own devices as they all settle into their new flat. The weather is drab and dreary one day and Coraline is bored. Her father gives her the task of counting various objects in the house. During this task she discovers a locked door in the corner of the parlor. Her curiousity is immediately engaged. Most of the time the door leads to nowhere…blocked with a brick wall…sealing of Coraline’s flat from the empty one next door. But there are also times when the door opens into an alternate world. One that is both remarkable and sinister and contains parents just like her own….but who have all the time in the world for her. However, all is not what it seems in this alternate world and soon Coraline is not only fighting for her survival but for that of those that she loves.

This is a short novel but jammed with action and with enough creepiness to keep one up at night. Wondering what those bumps heard in the wee hours of darkness really are. This is a great novel about the power of imagination and just what it means to stand up for what you believe in. Coraline’s world isn’t perfect. She gets the plain gray mittens when all she really wants are the bright green ones…a horrible fate for a young girl. Her world is sometimes bland and not what she’d want it to be. But the alternative….the getting all of her hearts desires isn’t always what it is cracked up to be. This is a novel that teaches you to not just accept the reality that you live in but to also enjoy every moment that you have. Because you never know when the things that you love might be taken away. This is a story that I would recommend to all…and one that I can’t wait to see on film. I think that this one of the books that will be perfect for a movie adaptation….and possibly be even more creepily good then the novelization.

One Response to “Coraline by Neil Gaiman”

  1. Charley

    I read this recently, too, and I am also looking forward to the movie. The book was quite creepy. I tend to like spooky stories that are short and simple – they pack a punch.