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Coraline by Neil Gaiman
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Dec 09, 08

bookshelves: from-library, graphic-novels, fiction, children-or-ya, horror-and-horror-ish, spec-fic
Read in October, 2008

This is a graphic novel adaptation of Neil Gaiman's excellent children's novel, Coraline.

While P. Craig Russell is one of my very favorite comic book artists, it took me a while to get into his style for this book, simply because Dave McKean's illustrations for the original novel are so firmly ingrained in my head. Russell is a much more straightforward, less stylized artist than McKean, and I really rather missed McKean's spookily angular figures. Leaving aside my prejudices and taking Russell's illustrations on their own merit, however, he's done a beautiful job.

Overall it's a pretty straightforward adaptation; there isn't much here that expands on the original novel, but it's an enjoyable read, and may draw in readers who would have passed over the book in novel form.

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