Coraline - Review

Coraline by Neil Gaiman 
Publication date: 29 August 2006 by Harper Perennial 
ISBN 10/13: 0061139378 | 9780061139376

Category: Middle Grade Fantasy Fiction
Keywords: Alternate Realities, Suspense
Format: ebook, Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook

From goodreads:

Coraline has often wondered what's behind the locked door in the drawing room. It reveals only a brick wall when she finally opens it, but when she tries again later, a passageway mysteriously appears. 

Coraline is surprised to find a flat decorated exactly like her own, but strangely different. And when she finds her "other" parents in this alternate world, they are much more interesting despite their creepy black button eyes. When they make it clear, however, that they want to make her theirs forever, Coraline begins a nightmarish game to rescue her real parents and three children imprisoned in a mirror. With only a bored-through stone and an aloof cat to help, Coraline confronts this harrowing task of escaping these monstrous creatures. 

Gaiman has delivered a wonderfully chilling novel, subtle yet intense on many levels. The line between pleasant and horrible is often blurred until what's what becomes suddenly clear, and like Coraline, we resist leaving this strange world until we're hooked. Unnerving drawings also cast a dark shadow over the book's eerie atmosphere, which is only heightened by simple, hair-raising text. Coraline is otherworldly storytelling at its best.

Kimberly's review:
Coraline Jones has just moved into a large old house, with eccentric neighbors such as the "Crazy Old Man Upstairs" and Miss Spink and Miss Forcible. While exploring her new house, Coraline finds a small door which throws her into a creepy and scary adventure.

She comes out on the other side to a replica of her house, an Other Mother and Father who have buttons for eyes and who are way more fun and attentive than her real parents and a black cat that can talk! But even though Coraline likes this new world, something seems off. And of course, it is.

I'm a fan of Gaiman, but this may be my favorite book. While I was reading Coraline, I was surprised by how creepy the story became. I figured it can't be that scary! Well, I was wrong. Goosebumps ran down my arms, especially when Coraline realizes what her Other parents want from her...

Coraline's search for her kidnapped real parents and her adventure to close the door to seperate the worlds is a wonderful journey. She is brave, smart and resourceful. The book is filled with fun filled characters, humans and animals alike. The setting is beautifully crafted. I could feel the house, the rain, the Other parents and their world.

Most of all, kudos to Mr. Gaiman. The overall tone and feeling of the book is eerie, like going down a long staircase when you can't see the bottom. The story moves so fast, feeling at times like an action film. (And oh, it was. If you haven't seen the film, read the book first. I did, and it made the film that much more magical.)

And I won't look at a button the same way again....

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