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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 m ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 162 pages
Published August 4th 2002 by HarperCollins
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Long The book and movie were created around the same time. Neil told the director of the movie about his idea before he had actually written the book and…moreThe book and movie were created around the same time. Neil told the director of the movie about his idea before he had actually written the book and allowed him to run with the concept with the two checking in with each other has they wrote their respective adaptations. This is why the general idea and conflict are the same but the execution is done differently. They are both very good but I wouldn't say one is truly better than the other.(less)
Long Coraline is a story that children find magical and empowering while adults find extremely creepy. It's really just a matter of knowing the child (or…moreCoraline is a story that children find magical and empowering while adults find extremely creepy. It's really just a matter of knowing the child (or adult) you are giving it to. I very much enjoyed the movie and book as an adult (for the story and creepy factor) and I've heard many stories where kids read it and felt they were better for it(less)

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Patrick
Jun 29, 2009 Patrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read this book many different times in many different ways.

I read it off the page when it first came out. Later, I listened to Gaiman's narration of the audiobook when I was sequestered in the north woods of Wisconsin in a desperate attempt to finish book two. I watched the movie and enjoyed it.

My most recent experience of the book was listening to it with my little boy on a long car ride. I wasn't sure he'd be able to get into it. Not because of the vocabulary. He's very sharp for being
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Nataliya
May 08, 2010 Nataliya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Gaiman and excellent YA dark fantasy
Coraline is a short but delightfully dark and creepy book that just happens to feature one of my absolute favorite characters. Is it wrong that I want to be Coraline's best friend???

“Because,' she said, 'when you're scared but you still do it anyway, that's brave.”
Coraline is clever, quirky, curious and adventurous, brave and determined, independent, stubborn to no end, a bit reckless and not scared of danger. She will NEVER leave any mysterious doors locked and uninvestigated. In short
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Bookdragon Sean
Has anyone ever said to you “time heals all wounds?”

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Well for the "villain" of this story that is clearly not the case. It’s easy to pinpoint Coraline’s bravery and talk about her experience, but that’s not what this review is about. I want to consider the “other mother” and her story.

I mean what exactly is her story? We can only presume that she has been doing this kind of trickery for years, perhaps even centuries. We don’t really know a great deal about her. She has three victims prior to he
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Richard
I saw the film before I read the book, which is not how I like to do things, as it can often be like taping a hockey game and having someone tell you the final score before you've had a chance to see the game for yourself. However, I can say that seeing the film first didn't really spoil the book for me.

Coraline starts off rather slowly but this independent, thoughtful, odd, distant, misunderstood child soon gains the reader's sympathy. This becomes more intense as Coraline gets more deeply enm
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Lyn
Dec 17, 2014 Lyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Coraline, not Caroline, thank you, the little girl who was small for her age, and found herself in darkest danger was the subject of Neil Gaiman’s 2002 publication, which was in Gaiman’s own words “refreshingly creepy.”

Gaiman said that he started writing the book for his young daughter Holly around the time they moved to America but, unintentionally, wrote it very slowly, “one word at a time” and thus stretched out the project for years. Refreshingly creepy is maybe the best way to describe this
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Cecily
Oct 31, 2016 Cecily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cecily by: Apatt
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This a perfect, traditional fairy* tale, with a slightly surreal twenty-first century warp. The writing is as magical as the plot.

Its thirteen chapters are delightful, dark, and funny, with a heroine many can relate to, as child, parent, or both.

Coraline is intelligent, inquisitive, slightly contrary, hates being bored, and wishes her parents paid her more attention, and didn’t feed her “recipes”. Perhaps, she wishes she had different parents. And you should always be careful what you wish for
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Reynita Maharani ★ The Night Reader ★
Edit : I'm sorry guys, I won't be able to post the review today because it's already midnight and I was busy :(

REVIEW TO COME TOMORROW.

'She left us here' said one of the voices. 'she stole our hearts, and she stole our souls, and she took our lives away, and she left us here, and she forgot about us in the dark.'

This is a story about a girl named Coraline Jones, She and her parents move to a new house but they don't own all of the house. They just own part of it and they also have neighbors
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Hannah
Oct 22, 2016 Hannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
This is the perfect Halloween read! It's creepy, eerie, and beautifully written.

Now I want to rewatch the movie! I loved it :D
Carmen
Jan 04, 2014 Carmen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kids; Parents
Coraline was woken by the mid-morning sun, full on her face.

For a moment she felt utterly dislocated. She did not know where she was; she was not entirely sure WHO she was. It is astonishing just how much of what we are can be tied to the beds we wake up in in the morning, and it is astonishing how fragile that can be.


This is like Stephen King's It re-written for children.

I adore Stephen King, obviously, and I highly enjoyed this creepy and horrifying children's book that Gaiman has written.

Cora
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Nishat
Coraline is a ravishingly wonderful tale of a brave girl confronting ghastly demons. Opening new doors, she crafts an alternate house of monstrous reality, of fear draping the walls, of greed burying love. In the attempt of wrestling with adversity, with pale figures, she strives to redefine her rusty, curious world.

It is astonishing just how much of what we are can be tied to the beds we wake up in in the morning, and it is astonishing how fragile that can be.


Coraline entrancingly reflects t
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Megs ♥

I've been looking for that book that would satisfy my craving to be creeped out, and sadly a few books I tried recently didn't do it for me. I didn't expect anything with this book, and that little shiver down my spine that has been evading me? This book gave it to me!


I was not a huge fan of American Gods, but I promised that I would give Neil Gaiman another shot someday. I figured if I enjoyed anything of his it would be this book. Despite my gripes with American Gods I couldn't deny that I fou
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Laura Marcela ✎・:*:・ |spoilers af|
This was so creepy, I loved it.

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Full review to come.
Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh
Mar 03, 2013 Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone with the heart of a child – Gaiman fans
Recommended to Florence (Lefty) by: Mary MacAskill
Deliciously disturbing, a modern fairytale with a surrealistic feel. I mean you’re stuck in an alternate dimension with parents with sewed on buttons for eyes, friendless except for a talking cat with a bad attitude. Coraline is totally believable; a bored sweet kid who gets herself into and out of a terrifying situation by being gutsy & resourceful. So unless you figure you’ve outgrown fairytales (which is kind of a shame) what’s not to like about it?

Nasty flu & a crummy day at work had
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Heather
Nov 28, 2008 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: THE WORLD.
Creepy, creepy, creepy. This book made me feel like I'd just awoken from a disturbing dream I couldn't shake, but couldn't quite remember, either.

And the movie looks terrifying.
Robert Beveridge
Jan 21, 2008 Robert Beveridge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished, cle-pub-lib
Neil Gaiman, Coraline (Harper, 2002)

I'm not exactly sure what to say about this minor gem. It's a kids' book, but not really a kids' book. It's a fantasy/horror novel, but not a fantasy/horror novel. It has minor similarities to about a hundred books to be found over the ages, both children's and adult, but nothing strong enough to be called an influence (at least, not one that wears its heart on its sleeve). About the best thing I can come up with would be a much darker version of Roald Dahl's
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Jadranka

Jedna od najdražih čitalačkih uspomena iz detinjstva mi je Alisa u zemlji čuda, a i jedna od najstrašnijih, da budem iskrena. Mislim da sam prvu noćnu moru u vezi sa nekom knjigom imala baš posle čitanja Alise. Sada se već slabo sećam sna, ali znam da je u njemu bilo i rupe, i zeca, i one strašne Kraljice...
Poprilično godina kasnije uživala sam u mračnoj avanturi jedne druge devojčice. Pošto sam sada starija, zrelija (mada se mnogi ne bi složili sa tim) i hrabrija, ovaj put su noćne more izostal
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Dannii Elle
“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”

This was dark and witty and theatrical and Gothic and utterly utterly adorable. It was sometimes hard to remember that this was aimed at a younger audience as the beauty of the writing and the dark turns of the plot completely enveloped me. This is my first Neil Gaiman but I know it won't be the last! Instant fan!
Vane J.


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4.5 out of 5 stars

I had watched the movie Coraline 4 years ago but I never knew it was originally a book until earlier this year. Yeah, I know, it’s shameful, but what can we do? Anyway, since I liked the movie, I told myself I was gonna love the book too, thus I added it to my TBR.

I had forgotten about it until my recent post about quiet and jumpy horror. I wasn’t sure what books to use for the quiet category, so I asked Evelyn and she mentioned this. Obviously, my intri
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karen
Jun 28, 2009 karen rated it really liked it
this book makes me really cross i missed the 3d movie when it was out. there are definitely things i would have loved to have seen all up in my face. i think if i had read this as a young girl, it would be one of my favorite books ever. as a (physical) adult, i enjoyed it, but ive read too much in my life to be scared of it, or surprised by it, which is a shame. im going to turn this review into a request for people to scare me. when i was little, my brother would hide under my bed until after i ...more
Beatriz
Jan 23, 2017 Beatriz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: popsugar-2017
Reto #10 PopSugar 2017: Un libro con un gato en la portada
Una grata sorpresa. Le había hecho el quite a este libro desde hace mucho tiempo porque la película me había desagradado enormemente, aunque más por el estilo de animación que por el argumento.

Si bien está descrito como un libro infantil, jamás lo recomendaría para niños; la atmósfera que crea Neil Gaiman para su historia es agobiante y muy inquietante, con descripciones que más bien son de pesadilla (no quise ni imaginarme “al otro pad
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Councillor
“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”

It may seem uninspired to start this review with one of the most famous quotes of the novel, but after all, it does accentuate so well what "Coraline" signifies. Presenting an account of a brave soul confronted with the terrors and fears of childhood fantasies becoming true, Neil Gaiman allows us to get involved with his protagonist, a young girl called Coraline
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Anne
MY FIRST BOOK OF THE YEAR!
And I can't decide if I want to do THIS

OR THIS

Like NO. RATS ARE NOT FOR JOKING STUFFS! EWW.

Though it kind of was.
Anyhow, I am seriously in love with Neil Gaiman and his creepy, crafty brain. Like sometimes I just sit and wonder, how do authors come up with these things. This story was short and simple but lingering.

In Coraline's("not Caroline's") new house, there are exactly 14 doors. Coraline knows this because she loves to explore. How many blue things, how many win
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Cait (Paper Fury)
Who doesn’t like a freaky middle-grade book to snack on (at nighttime) ever once and a while? I was in the mood for something freakish and gothic. I got it. (Plus, writing research for middle-grade books. I am a writer, after all.)

So between taking notes about style and description and length of MG books, I enjoyed the story immensely. A lot of a lot, okay? It’s written in such a simple way. It probably mentions about 3 or 4 times how Coraline is actually feeling. The rest is fact. This happened
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Jason
Feb 05, 2009 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's something about the way Neil Gaiman writes that appeals to me greatly. He doesn't WASTE words. No flowery, adjective laden descriptions or ridiculous cliches. And yet, I never feel cheated. He'll often move a character from one place or situation to the next, and if you're new to him or have been reading someone else you might think for a second "That was abrupt", but he does it well and it serves the story.

More importantly, Coraline is an engrossing tale. Firstly, while Coraline the cha
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Fareya
Mar 31, 2017 Fareya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fairytales
“It is astonishing just how much of what we are can be tied to the beds we wake up in in the morning, and it is astonishing how fragile that can be.”

Clever, creepy and captivating!

I wonder how Neil Gaiman does it. You know, masterfully create a distinct and bizarre story that is eerie yet delightful.

Narrated in a straightforward, matter-of-fact manner, Coraline though targeted for children, is an equally absorbing read for adults. Its about a young girl Coraline, who has recently moved to an ol
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Algernon
Aug 18, 2014 Algernon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
[9/10]

"I don't think you can be too old for Coraline."

To my great delight I discovered this little gem of a story just as I'm about to turn 50, and my enjoyment is I believe proof enough that I haven't turned yet into a cranky and bitter ogre. Neil Gaiman himself, in the afterword, declares his personal affection for the spunky young heroine of the tale:

More than ten years ago I started to write a children's book. It was for my daughter, Holly, who was five years old. I wanted it to have a gi
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Catie
This would be a perfect choice for a road trip with small children (maybe age seven and up or so). It’s an incredibly imaginative, quirky adventure that’s simple yet not excruciatingly so. I felt entertained throughout, and some of the dialogue had me laughing out loud. There’s no question that this book is creeeeeepy but I’m one of those people that believes kids can handle a lot more than watered down fluff books. Coraline is such a wonderful heroine: she’s a clever, matter of fact, singular g ...more
Gabriela Silva
It was okay. I wanted to love this book, but I don't feel the connection with the characters.
J.G. Keely
I actually picked up a signed copy at a local shop when Gaiman and I were both living in Minnesota. I've read a lot of Gaiman, and while appreciate that he is always a conscious, active writer, his stories sometimes fall flat for me.

They always work on the principle of a small person trapped in a large, unknown world. There are plenty of great examples of this story type, and Gaiman has been steadily working through them. He took inspiration from Fairy Tales in Stardust, from European myth in A
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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
SO glad I got the chance to read this, even if it was for a lame school assignment. I need to pick up more books by Neil Gaiman, he's such a fantastic writer. This story was both whimsical and dark and I had such a time reading it!
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