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Coraline by Neil Gaiman
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Coraline (original 2002; edition 2006)

by Neil Gaiman

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Looking for excitement, Coraline ventures through a mysterious door into a world that is similar, yet disturbingly different from her own, where she must challenge a gruesome entity in order to save herself, her parents, and the souls of three others.
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Title:Coraline
Authors:Neil Gaiman
Info:Harper Perennial (2006), Paperback, 192 pages
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I absolutely love this book! And I am on a serious Neil Gaiman kick right now so I'm just rereading everything that he has done haha. I seriously love how brave Coraline is and how she handles each and every test set before her. She is smart and tricky. It is a dark book for younger children, but I still feel that juvenile readers would enjoy this tale. Coraline is strong willed and I adore her. ( )
  klcarmack | Nov 12, 2021 |
It's a classic children's book. I read it because of the movie and it was interesting to see the differences between the two pieces of media. I enjoyed the spooky aspects yet simple writing. ( )
  Jenna.Schetty | Nov 5, 2021 |
nice, short, creepy book. Didn't go too deeply into exactly what the other mother was or where her power came from, but that's ok - it really wasn't necessary. Also - I would've liked to have had a better grasp as to how old Coraline was beyond "small for her age". I pictured her as about 12. ( )
  KrakenTamer | Oct 23, 2021 |
This is a fun book, and slightly spooky, but it also wasn’t as scary as I had expected. Perhaps this is because I have already watched the movie version (which is excellent) or perhaps I just had different expectations for the book than what it was going to offer. Still, it was a very fun and imaginative story, and I’m glad I read it. ( )
  ca.bookwyrm | Oct 18, 2021 |
Coraline was a well written story that simply was not to my taste. I like a good thriller, but this book was strictly horror, which is usually not for me. Coraline finds a secret door in her house that leads to another world similar to her own, complete with her parents, but are they really her parents? There are differences between her "other mother" and her own that Coraline can't ignore including the buttons that seem to take the place of her eyes. Coraline finds that her "other mother" may not have her best interests at heart and her motives may be to hurt rather than help. Other characters in the story play minor roles including Coraline's "other father," an odd man who lives upstairs, a pair of strange old ladies, and a cat that is more than what he appears.
This book would be wonderful for those who like scary stories, but it was just too creepy for my taste. ( )
  ftbooklover | Oct 12, 2021 |
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A modern ghost story with all the creepy trimmings... Well done.
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Gaiman, NeilAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bartocci, MaurizioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Braiter, PaulinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Carvalho, Regina de BarrosTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ernst, EnricoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gaiman, NeilNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gothic ArchiesComposersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kivimäki, MikaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Krutz-Arnold, CorneliaÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Marcel, PatrickTraductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McKean, DaveIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Merritt, StephinComposersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Riddell, ChrisIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rosich, MarcTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Epigraph
Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.
--G.K. Chesterson
Dedication
I started this for Holly, I finished it for Maddy.
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Coraline discovered the door a little while after they moved into the house.
Quotations
We are small but we are many/
We are many we are small/
We were here before you rose/
We will be here when you fall
Coraline was woken by the midmorning sun, full on her face.
For a moment she felt utterly dislocated. She did not know where she was; she was not entirely sure who she was. It is astonishing just how much of what we are can be tied to the beds we wake up in in the morning, and it is astonishing how fragile that can be.
Coraline sighed. 'You really don't understand, do you?' she said. 'I don't want whatever I want. Nobody does. Not really. What kind of fun would it be if I just got everything I ever wanted? Just like that, and it didn't mean anything. What then?
The pale figues pulsed faintly; she could imagine that they were nothing more than afterimages, like the glow left by a bright light in you eyes, after the lights go out.
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Please do not combine Coraline with the graphic novel adaptation Coraline nor with the film.
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Looking for excitement, Coraline ventures through a mysterious door into a world that is similar, yet disturbingly different from her own, where she must challenge a gruesome entity in order to save herself, her parents, and the souls of three others.

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Shortly after moving into an old house with strange tenants above and below, Coraline discovers a big, carved, brown wooden door at the far corner of the drawing room. And it is locked. Curiosity runs riot in Coraline's mind and she unlocks the door to see what lies behind it. Disappointingly, it opens onto a brick wall. Days later, after exploring the rest of the house and garden, Coraline returns to the same mysterious door and opens it again. This time, however, there is a dark hallway in front of her. Stepping inside, the place beyond has an eerie familiarity about it. The carpet and wallpaper are the same as in her flat. The picture hanging on the wall is the same. Almost. Strangest of all, her mum and dad are there too. Only they have buttons for eyes and seem more possessive than normal. It's a twisted version of her world that is familiar, and yet sinister. And matters get even more surreal for Coraline when her "other" parents seem reluctant to let her leave.
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