Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Synopsis

The day after they moved in, Coraline went exploring….

In Coraline’s family’s new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close.

The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own.

Only it’s different.

At first, things seem marvelous in the other flat. The food is better. The toy box is filled with wind-up angels that flutter around the bedroom, books whose pictures writhe and crawl and shimmer, little dinosaur skulls that chatter their teeth. But there’s another mother, and another father, and they want Coraline to stay with them and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go.

Other children are trapped there as well, lost souls behind the mirrors. Coraline is their only hope of rescue. She will have to fight with all her wits and all the tools she can find if she is to save the lost children, her ordinary life, and herself.

Critically acclaimed and award-winning author Neil Gaiman will delight readers with his first novel for all ages.

Thoughts

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Neil Gaiman will never stop amazing me.

I have this tradition of reading one of his middle-grade books every year around Halloween time because they make for the perfect spooky book that definitely has some very creepy elements but isn’t straight up horror and doesn’t prevent me from sleeping at night.

I was already familiar with this story since this is one of my favorite movies of all time but I was very excited to get to the book since I hadn’t read it before, and let me tell you I had the time of my life.

I devoured the entire story in one sitting because of how engaging it is. Gaiman has one of my favorite writings that I’ve come across and I think at this point it’s safe to say that he has become one of my favorite authors of all time. He writes in a way that is so acessible and addictive.
His ability to come up with the most original, intricate worlds will never cease to amaze me. He also excels at writing characters, which for me characters are what I read for. I love getting to know new people and falling in love with them, and I always fall for Geiman’s characters.
Coraline was such a brave and intelligent girl. I was rooting for her from the very beginning and it was a pleasure reading from her perspective.

The world she finds at the other side of that door is one of the creepiest I’ve ever encountered, but one I’m so fascinated with. I just think it’s such a clever concept because it explores a topic everyone can relate to; we’ve all had at some points in our lives the desire to have a better life, with a funnier mom or a bigger bedroom or more tasty food.

If you are looking for an addictive, creepy story I would pick this up. I would also really recommend the audiobook which is narrated by the author himself and does an incredible job. All of the extra sounds added so much to the ambiance and made me get goosebumps a couple of times.

Have you guys read this or watched the movie? Let me know!

Until next time,

Leyre

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