Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Author: Neil Gaiman
Release Date: January 1, 2002
Dates Read: October 22-24, 2011
In Coraline’s family’s new flat there’s a locked door. On the other side is a brick wall until Coraline unlocks the door . . . and finds a passage to another flat in another house just like her own.
The food is better there. Books have pictures that writhe and crawl and shimmer. And there’s another mother and father there who want Coraline to be their little girl. They want to change her and keep her with them. . . . Forever.
Coraline is an extraordinary fairy tale/nightmare from the uniquely skewed imagination of #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman.
Again, Neil Gaiman reminds me why he is one of my very favorite authors. He just has a way with words, and he weaves stories supremely. Although Coraline is marketed as a children’s tale, I stand by the fact the it is a story for all ages. A little bit Alice in Wonderland, a little bit Chronicles of Narnia, a little bit horror movie… Coraline is a creepy tale of a girl that learns of the subtle difference between what she wants and what she thinks she wants when the world she knows is on the line. Chilling and suspenseful, I’d recommend this book to fans of genres from dark fantasy to fairy tales. Seriously, just go read it. I don’t care how old you are or what kind of books you normally read, you should give it a try.