Monday, April 30, 2012

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Title: Coraline
Author: Neil Gaiman
Publication Date: 2002
Length: 162 pages

When Coraline goes through a doorway in her house, one which is supposed to be a bricked off doorway between her flat and an unoccupied one, she finds herself in a flat much like her own, where she has an other mother and an other father, who want her to stay with them forever.

This story is delightfully creepy. Neil Gaiman's excellent writing and really weird imagination had me giggling and shuddering throughout. I really liked how Coraline's other mother started off being described as just like her real mother, but with buttons for eyes, and as the story progressed she was described as less and less human (and the illustrations get creepier and creepier to match).

I definitely recommend this for any Neil Gaiman fans who haven't already read it (I can't believe it took me this long), as well as anyone else who enjoys pleasantly disturbing stories. 5 stars!

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