October 14, 2008

Coraline: Review

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In Coraline by Neil Gaiman, the title heroine has just moved into a new house with her parents. She's met the neighbours: a strange pair of elderly actresses and a crazy old man living in the attic. All are friendly enough, if only they can get her name right. Still, Coraline feels ignored and she's a curious girl. She soon discovers a locked door that opens to a brick wall. After talking to her mother about it, she learns that the door is blocked because it leads to the empty apartment next door. Or does it?

One day she discovers instead of a brick wall, the door opens into a dark hallway. On the other side is a house just like hers, but not quite. A woman who calls herself Coraline's other mother entices her to stay by kidnapping her real parents. Now Coraline must outsmart this creature or she and her parents will be trapped forever.

This is just the book I would have loved to pieces as a girl. Secret doors, hidden worlds, a gutsy heroine: right up my alley. Even now I gobbled Coraline up in just one afternoon. The story pulled me in right away and I didn't want to put it down. I loved how clever and brave Coraline was. She's an unique individual. And that cat! Loved the cat. He spoke just how I think a cat would speak if he could talk. (Having a black cat myself, he was my favorite character.)

The other mother is a mystery throughout. What kind of creature is she? I think she's a kind of a boogeyman, something that lives under the bed or in dark corners. Whatever children fear, she's it. Gaiman must have a childlike imagination. Coraline is full of imagery that would appeal to any imaginative young person. It's a fast paced quick read.

Highly Recommended

Other Reviews:
Nymeth @ Things Mean a Lot
Kristina

15 comments :

  1. Sounds like a good read for Halloween.

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  2. This has been on my list forever it seems. I haven't heard anything bad about it. Bermudaonion is right-it would make a great Halloween read.

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  3. I'm so glad you liked it. I think you're right about the other mother being the thing that children fear, whatever it may be. Good review. :)

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  4. If I had young children around, it would be great fun to read this aloud to them now.

    Have you, by any chance, read Gaiman's newest book, The Graveyard Book? It seems quite clever and is getting good reviews.

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  5. Bermuda- Yes, perfect.

    Dar- It's really quick so would take no time at all to read. You can fit it in between books.

    Melissa- Thanks.

    Diana- No, I haven't but I want to. Maybe next year's challenge.

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  6. I don't have a strong desire to read this book, for whatever reason, but I am really looking forward to the movie. Glad you liked it!

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  7. I'm in the middle of reading this right now, and I haven't yet decided how I feel about it. I do think that I'd have enjoyed this a lot when I was younger, though. I really looking forward to the movie too!

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  8. LOVE THIS BOOK! It is by far my favorite Gaiman, but I hope that changes when I read The Graveyard Book. hehe

    Glad you enjoyed it as much as I did!

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  9. "And that cat! Loved the cat. He spoke just how I think a cat would speak if he could talk. "

    I completely agree! I'm glad you enjoyed it so much :)

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  10. awesome book-review :)

    I am here to remind u about the Read-a-thon on Oct 18th!!

    Hope u r ready and all prepped up to participate:)

    Have fun!

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  11. I read this not long ago and loved it as well. I hope to read The Graveyard Book as part of the read-a-thon if I have time.

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  12. I haven't had a chance to post my review on this one yet but I loved it too!

    You bring up something that I forgot - the whole issue of people not getting her name right. I wonder what that was about?

    I'm looking forward to the movie!

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  13. Loved this one! I really enjoyed this book, which I listening to in audiobook form. So cool to hear the book read by the author.

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  14. Wonderful review! This isn't normally a genre that I read, but this book is on my TBR. It sounds like fun.

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  15. Here's mine :
    http://kristinasfavorites.blogspot.com/2008/01/coraline-by-neil-gaiman.html

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