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     Coraline by Neil Gaiman   
    Friday, March 21 2003 @ 01:39 AM
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    Coraline by Neil Gaiman
    Reading level: Young Adult Ages 11-17

    Coraline lives with her preoccupied parents in part of a huge old house--a house so huge that other people live in it, too... round, old former actresses Miss Spink and Miss Forcible and their aging Highland terriers ("We trod the boards, luvvy") and the mustachioed old man under the roof ("'The reason you cannot see the mouse circus,' said the man upstairs, 'is that the mice are not yet ready and rehearsed.'")

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    Coraline contents herself for weeks with exploring the vast garden and grounds. But with a little rain she becomes bored--so bored that she begins to count everything blue (153), the windows (21), and the doors (14). And it is the 14th door that--sometimes blocked with a wall of bricks--opens up for Coraline into an entirely alternate universe. Now, if you're thinking fondly of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe or Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, you're on the wrong track. Neil Gaiman's Coraline is far darker, far stranger, playing on our deepest fears. And, like Roald Dahl's work, it is delicious.

    What's on the other side of the door? A distorted-mirror world, containing presumably everything Coraline has ever dreamed of... people who pronounce her name correctly (not "Caroline"), delicious meals (not like her father's overblown "recipes"), an unusually pink and green bedroom (not like her dull one), and plenty of horrible (very un-boring) marvels, like a man made out of live rats. The creepiest part, however, is her mirrored parents, her "other mother" and her "other father"--people who look just like her own parents, but with big, shiny, black button eyes, paper-white skin... and a keen desire to keep her on their side of the door. To make creepy creepier, Coraline has been illustrated masterfully in scritchy, terrifying ink drawings by British mixed-media artist and Sandman cover illustrator Dave McKean. This delightful, funny, haunting, scary as heck, fairy-tale novel is about as fine as they come. Highly recommended.

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    Coraline by Neil Gaiman
    Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, April 07 2003 @ 06:38 AM
    I bought this book under the pretence of giving it to my 12 year old sister as an Xmass pressie. I love Neil Gaimons work and am an avid fan of the sandman his graphic novel collection. Its a fantastic tale and I read the whole book in one go before giving it to her. She read it and confesses to finding it a bit scary, but thinks its brilliant also. The characters are fantastic and the story is gripping, as Gaimans first (I think?) journey into childrens writing its superb. Definitley for the 11-17 age group.
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    Coraline by Neil Gaiman
    Authored by: admin on Tuesday, April 08 2003 @ 12:39 AM
    Thankyou for your comment.
    I have decided to change the age grouping on this site for 'Caroline' following your articulate comment.
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    Coraline by Neil Gaiman
    Authored by: Trillian on Monday, May 19 2003 @ 01:53 PM
    Definitly a spooky book, it's hardly a light read. it contains some of the
    clasic horrors, such as rats and souls of dead children, but also some o
    Gaimans own creations. who ever thought of buttons as being
    frightening? A book for fans of Lemony snicket!
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    Coraline by Neil Gaiman
    Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, August 17 2004 @ 04:51 PM
    I dunno but I really don't like this book. It just feels bad. I usually am not scared of these things But my friend's mom died of cancer and this book is NOT THE BEST BOOK TO READ AFTER A DEATH OF A LOVED ONE!!!!!!!! If this didn't happen it would probalby be a good book but this is just way to scary for me right now I wouldn't buy this for a small kid.
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