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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 2002)
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Britney Yes the movie is based on the book. But they are each pretty different from each other. The book is really good and the movie is really good. The…moreYes the movie is based on the book. But they are each pretty different from each other. The book is really good and the movie is really good. The movie served more as an "adaptation" and modernization of the book.(less)
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Patrick
Aug 06, 2014 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
Apr 04, 2012 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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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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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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Carmen
Mar 28, 2016 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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Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh
Oct 02, 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
Jun 12, 2016 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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Laura Marcela ✎・:*:・ |spoilers af|
This was so creepy, I loved it.

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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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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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karen
Jun 28, 2009 karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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Lyn
Sep 08, 2015 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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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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Jason
Feb 06, 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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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
Algernon
Aug 28, 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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Joca
Oct 11, 2015 Joca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Foi tão bom ouvir o audiobook deste livro porque o narrador é o próprio Neil Gaiman e ficou fantástico! Falo mais da experiência no vídeo de leituras do mês :D
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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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
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!
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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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!
Tamara
Of course five stars. It's Neil Gaiman. DUH.



First of all; I want to take a second to thank my dear friend Anne for recommending me this book to me here when I asked what I should read for 2016 first. I LOVED IT. Hence the rating... so thank you my dear. Here is her review.

Second of all; I LOVE THIS BOOK.

Sorry for shouting but I really, really love this book. Strong heroine who has an awesome character development by the end of the book, goes to a great journey that's fun but also disturbing and
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Paul Nelson
'Darker shadows slipped through the shadows at the edges of things.'

I listened to the audio of Coraline narrated by the fantastic Dawn French and once again I was blown away by a deeply absorbing children's horrorish tale.

Coraline, not Caroline as all the neighbours fail to comprehend is an intrepid explorer, a hobby that's generally down to being ignored by her parents. And top of the list of things to explore: the mysterious door in her home, the one that leads absolutely nowhere. Until, one
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Laz
Nov 23, 2014 Laz rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Aug 17, 2008 Karen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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Jason Koivu
Jul 04, 2012 Jason Koivu rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
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