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Coraline finds a secret corridor that takes her into a different house - a terrifying house very similar to her own, but with bogus parents and a terrible quest on which her survival, and so much more, depends.
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Published October 1st 2009 by Not Avail (first published August 4th 2002)
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Patrick
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
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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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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Meg ♥

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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Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh
Oct 02, 2013 Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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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Robert Beveridge
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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Heather
Nov 28, 2008 Heather rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: THE WORLD.
Shelves: subtle-sci-fi
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.
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
Jason
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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karen
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
Shayantani Das
I absolutely adore pre teen narrators. I love seeing their worlds from their POV. No melodrama, no hesitation, no wistful thinking about the hot guy/girl, no inner monologue and most importantly no gray shades. I am not saying that those are bad aspects of a story and that I don’t enjoy them (except perhaps the continuous yakking about how handsome the new guy is). Still, books from the preteen perspective always prove to be a refreshing experience. A Relaxing yet fun experience, just like this ...more
Algernon
[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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Jason Koivu
A bit austere in the detail department, but pretty creepy for a kids book. I listened to the audio version with Gaiman as the narrator. On the one hand, I'm wary of authors reading their own work only from the standpoint that they are not seasoned reading veterans. On the other hand, they approach the narration fully armed with the knowledge of what was meant by each line, what emphasis should be placed where and how each line of dialogue should be delivered. Gaiman is an adept reader, so listen ...more
Clouds

Following the resounding success of my Locus Quest, I faced a dilemma: which reading list to follow it up with? Variety is the spice of life, so I’ve decided to diversify and pursue six different lists simultaneously. This book falls into my LOCUS Y-A list.

I think I’ll always have a soft-spot for imaginative young-adult speculative fiction and as the good people at Locus did such a grand job with picking their Sci-Fi winners, I’ll trust them to single out some special y-a books too.


When I pulle
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Amanda
Creepy, quirky, and all things to be expected of a Gaiman novel, this is one of those books that I wish had been available to me as a young 10 to 12 year old when all I had to fall back on was the Nancy Drew series. There was certainly nothing this twisted and delightfully dark on the shelves of the school library. As a heroine, Coraline is a likable, brave girl who takes matters into her own hands when her parents are kidnapped by a dark force that should scare her shitless. Young girls, force- ...more
Laz
Oct 28, 2014 Laz rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fairy tale lovers
This is a fascinating and stunning book. Or fairy tale. Call it whatever you like. For me it was more of a fairy tale because it's adventurous and it travelled me to a very bizzare world which most children would find fascinating but adults would freak the hell out. I'll forever consider myself a kid at heart even though I am 19, so, this book, this masterpiece, it's a fairy tale to me.



Coraline is a small girl, petite if you'd like, who finds herself tangled up in a very dark and mysterious stor
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Karen
I'm a little confused by this book. On the one hand, I found the story compelling. I read it very quickly because the story was quite gripping. On the other hand, I was puzzled by it. On the cover, one of the reviewers compares the book to the Narnia books. However, those books were wonderful allegories. I cannot see any allegorical value in this story.

In the book, a little girl who lives in an apartment with her parents is intrigued by a locked door that opens to the bricked off entrance of th
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Belinda
While in a waiting-room situation with an antsy child, I downloaded this on my Kindle for my 6-year-old daughter, who loved it so much that she insisted on having a "real" copy. Figured I'd better read it, too...besides, I love Neil Gaiman.

Hmmm...Bella reads the book, then I read the book. I really have this parenting thing down, no?

AAAANNNNDDDDD...I loved it. Woulda REALLY loved it when I was a kid. I'm waiting for Bella to do her review, and see how she ranks it. All I know so far is that she
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Faith
Coraline, by Neil Gaiman, is a delightfully creepy little story. Coraline and her parents live in a house that they share with some delightfully eccentric neighbours. There are the two former actors who like to reminisce about their glory days. And there’s the man with the mice. They all keep calling her “Caroline,” which does not please Coraline at all, and they never seem to listen when she corrects them.

Coraline likes to explore things. She spends a lot of time outside until that fateful rai
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Farah
Me: "Mana, mau dong pinjem buku Koralin"
Asisten librarian: "Qo-re-layn.." -> kalem. Sambil mengoreksi cara ngucapin judul buku.

Ya ya baiklah.
Jadi ya, para pembaca, judul buku ini adalah Coraline.
Say it with me.. QO.. RE.. LAYN.. Coraline!

Qorelayn adalah anak yang.. Inquirer dan Risk-taker.
Sungguh memiliki karakter dan sesuai dengan IB profile. *ditiban logo IB*

Hal ini dapat terlihat dari berapa kali dia bertanya pada ibunya, "Aku ngapain ya?"
Sungguh anak yang tidak bisa diam.

Kemudian, suat
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Hannah
As my sister observed, looking askance at me, Coraline is a book appropriate for "Ages 8 and up." I resisted the implication that such a designation meant that the material in question was any LESS appropriate to a 23 year old. My sister, meanwhile, likened my reading Coraline to an 18 year old playing on a 11+ volleyball team. While I still feel that childrens' and Young Adult literature can have great merit to the adult reader, I did feel, in the end, that I would have gotten more enjoyment fr ...more
Shelly
Neil Gaiman continues to impress me with his boundless imagination. Here he sets his sights on a genuinely scary children's/young adult story about a lonely, neglected young girl who meets up with the perfect surrogate mom and dad. Of course, the new family is not all they seem to be, starting with the buttons for eyes that completely freaked me out at first. Gaiman has created a wonderful story with some genuinely scary moments in it that make it perfect of older kids. I'm not sure where the ma ...more
Megan
“Because,' she said, 'when you're scared but you still do it anyway, that's brave.”

I had the perfect atmosphere when I was reading this book. It was dark, I was by myself and I kid you not as soon as Coraline enters the other world a second time when the creepiness heightens, it started to thunderstorm outside. All of this added to the overall creepiness of the book, which I enjoyed so much.

Having not seen the movie yet, which I hope to within the week, I wasn’t very familiar with the book ex
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Mike (the Paladin)
It's good and well written. But be very careful how young you allow a "child" to read this book. The very quality of the writing will make you want to be sure a youth is mature enough for some of the images.

Coraline is very unhappy with her family, with her mother. Dissatisfied might be better. Now they've moved into a a new flat in a large old house that's been "subdivided" into multiple apartments. There are some odd folks here, and a black cat that wanders around outside. Then she finds and u
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Jonathan

Social change? What has it got to do with Coraline?

What is it that drives social change? What is it that leads to positive revolution and reform? I recently read an article where someone argued that the emotion of anger was the major driving force. I would argue that perhaps there are greater forces which can lead to a desire to change. Among them love with all its desire and passion and also an unequivocal sense of boredom. Anger might make us feel resentment or injustice but anger on its own
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Madeline
A fun, quick read. I like to think of this book as Gaiman's response to the Narnia books - you kids want to escape your boring normal lives? Well, you're in for a surprise, because fantasy worlds are scary as fuck. Sleep well!

The movie version, with Dakota Fanning voicing Coraline, is not technically "better" than the book (as one of my shelf titles would have you believe). Instead, the movie actually enhances Gaiman's already-great story, with appropriately-haunting music, gorgeous animation,
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Mith
I saw the movie before picking up the book. And it was CREEPY! Who'd have thought a kids movie would shake me up so much?! Needless to say, I was eager to read the book after it and it didn't disappoint.

This story is about a girl, Coraline, who moves into a old house, divided into four flats, with her parents. She gets bored pretty quickly with the new place, what with her parents being too busy to spend time with her, so she takes to exploring.

She finds a small door which has been walled but c
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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!
Regine
Once upon a time, there lived a young girl. She walks through a mysterious door where she finds a world quite different from her own. In this world she befriends a cat that helps her on her journey. She defeats the evil queen and returns home. The end.

This story should sound familiar. It's Alice in Wonderland Coraline. No, I'm not beefing on Gaiman for taking ideas from Lewis Carroll. We run into this all the time; authors "borrowing" ideas from other authors. This is perfectly fine, but the m
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