Genre: Fiction, Fantasy
Rating: 5/5 stars
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When Coraline steps through a door to find another house strangely similar to her own (only better), things seem marvelous.
But there’s another mother there, and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go.
Coraline will have to fight with all her wit and courage if she is to save herself and return to her ordinary life.
Alright guys, if you’ve watched the movie…do not expect the same story. It isn’t the same, in fact, there are a few huuuuge differences (Wybie doesn’t exist in the book version!) but it’s still such a good book, I finished it in one sitting!
Neil Gaiman is one of my favorites, he explores stories and storytelling like no other writer I know. Coraline is just one example of his love for stories, but damn is it a good one.
I would 100% recommend this book to anyone who likes to read magical realism, enjoys writers who maintain a humorously snarky tone, or has kids that don’t believe in the saying that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.
About the Author (In case you haven’t heard of him): Neil Gaiman was born in Hampshire, UK, and now lives in the United States near Minneapolis. As a child he discovered his love of books, reading, and stories, devouring the works of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, James Branch Cabell, Edgar Allan Poe, Michael Moorcock, Ursula K. LeGuin, Gene Wolfe, and G.K. Chesterton. A self-described “feral child who was raised in libraries,” Gaiman credits librarians with fostering a life-long love of reading: “I wouldn’t be who I am without libraries. I was the sort of kid who devoured books, and my happiest times as a boy were when I persuaded my parents to drop me off in the local library on their way to work, and I spent the day there. I discovered that librarians actually want to help you: they taught me about interlibrary loans.”