Review: Coraline

Posted 30 October, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 7 Comments

By: Neil Gaiman
Format/Source: Trade paperback; my purchase

When Coraline steps through a door to find another house strangely similar to her own (only better), things seem marvelous.

But there’s another mother there, and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go.

Coraline will have to fight with all her wit and courage if she is to save herself and return to her ordinary life.

At long last I am reading this book 😛 Been meaning to read this book for so long–there’s a few notable Neil Gaiman novels at this point that I’ve been meaning to get to, namely this book and Anasi Boys–that yeah, finally picked it up on a whim recently to read.

Coraline was an intriguing read and I can see why it’s such a popular title. It also solidifies in my mind why Neil Gaiman is such a prolific writer; he takes something as simple as a door that was covered up or exploring the grounds of a new house and makes something absolutely fantastical and eerie about it. Another house similar to her own with things flipped about (e.g. the cat suddenly talks) but at the same time things are scarier, like her other mother and father with their button eyes and the strange ghosts lurking about. It’s creepy (especially when Coraline finds out exactly what other mother is up to) and you wonder how Coraline will get out of this situation. The supporting cast of characters were interesting and pretty eccentric, namely their neighbours, and I can understand why Coraline was as listless as she was, with her parents always busy or not quite understanding of her boredom.

Well, this isn’t really so much of a review than a brief word about it 😛 I enjoyed reading Coraline, it was a nice change of pace from what I had been reading recently. I think I would’ve liked it a lot more had I read it when I was much younger, but it was still pretty chilling, and I really enjoyed the theme of bravery and watching Coraline face her fears and outwit the other mother to get everyone to safety. A perfect book to read around Hallowe’en, certainly!

And yes, now that I have read the book, I can check out the movie! (haven’t gotten around to it either) 🙂

Rating: ★★★½☆

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7 Responses to “Review: Coraline”

  1. I loved the book but thought the movie was a bit meh. Looking forward to what you think now that Krysta and I have given you totally different opinions ;D

  2. I completely agree with your review of ‘Coraline’, I think I would have enjoyed it as younger much more. I have watched the cartoon/movie and liked it more than book. I’m intrigued how it will fare with you. 🙂

    • I remember seeing the trailer and thinking the animation/art style looked very interesting and fitting to the story it was telling 🙂

  3. The movie was good, but the book was better in my opinion. Stop motion fit the story like a glove, and it was visually flawless, but Coraline was a bit robbed of her agency, which rubbed me the wrong way. I understand it was for cinematic purposes, yet it didn’t let me enjoy the movie to its fullest.

    Anyway, glad you enjoyed the book! Have you read The Graveyard Book?

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