Coraline

Paperback, 192 pages

English language

Published Aug. 28, 2006 by Harper Perennial.

ISBN:
978-0-06-113937-6
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4 stars (219 reviews)

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.

84 editions

Quick, Fun Read

4 stars

Coraline is a children's book good enough to be organically read by adults. As it's fairly similar to the movie, I'll cover some not-so-obvious interpretations I had:

Throughout the read I couldn't help but feel like Coraline's other mother was a perfect embodiment of a BPD parent. Aside from the obvious BPD characteristics exhibited by the other mother, I felt the following quote summed everything up beautifully: "It was true: the other mother loved her. But she loved Coraline as a miser loves money, or a dragon love its gold. Int the other mother's button eyes, Coraline knew that she was a possession, nothing more. A tolerated pet, whose behavior was no longer amusing."

After reading the book, I found a great blog analysis that touched on the many thoughts I had throughout the read: pensievely.wordpress.com/2020/12/17/seduced-by-borderline-an-analysis-of-coraline/

BPD-aside, very fun book. Made me laugh a few times, a bit creepy, and …

Creepy and beautiful at the same time

5 stars

Coraline slips into some kind of parallel version of the new house she has moved into with her parents, where there are copies of everything and everyone that she knows of in the real world, even of her mother and father, who are called 'her other mother' and 'her other father'. But there is one big difference: each copy is some sort of distorted mirage with black button eyes of the real version, and everything there is much more exciting, but also much more scary. And one of these things has kidnapped her parents.

She has to go through several creepy encounters with those monsters to save her parents. While doing this she is far from being fearless, she is actually terribly scared. But Coraline summons her bravery out of love for her parents and out of her desire to save them and that is what makes this book so …

Review of 'Coraline' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

What a creepy and satisfying story. As a child I wouldn't have found this half so scary, just wonderful in creepy sort of way. But as an adult it seems we learn to fear so much more, and there were moments when I cringed far more than a child's story should ever have made me. But, that's Gaiman for you. Brilliant.

Review of 'Coraline' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

This book was pretty odd, but I liked it. I'd totally read more of Gaiman's work. Especially if he reads the novel himself.
Coraline does complain a lot about being bored at the beginning of the book, but when the book gets going, there's no stopping her. :)

Review of 'Coraline' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Very short. Very enjoyable. Read it before you see the movie. I've seen the movie a few times (it's great!) and it detracted from the reading experience a little bit.

The book is filled with things that signal "creepy": a big old mysterious house, a secret passageway that comes and goes, a door that should stay locked, eccentric neighbors who give cryptic advice, a black cat. And then, signals in place, we enter the realm of the truly sinister: a mirror world that's just a little off, where the eccentric neighbors and Coraline's father have buttons sewn over their eyes, and the black cat can talk but isn't terribly informative. The skittering heart of the mirror world is the "other mother", a mysterious creature who just wants to love Coraline like she deserves. But, like everything else in mirror world, she's not a perfect copy of Coraline's real mother: her …

Review of 'Coraline' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Wow. Let me start off by saying, I didn't think this was a book to be read by children. It's SCARY! But then I read a little afterward by Neil Gaiman, where he explained that this is one of the strangest books he has written...In that, children find it to be adventurous and adults find it to be terrifying. I couldn't agree more on the adult part. I flew through this in no time (yes, it is a short book) mostly because I found it to be scary and a book that I just could not put down.

Anyone who is a fan of Neil Gaiman, or a fan of scary books, needs to read this whether you're 8, 18, or 80. it's just THAT DARN GOOD.

I cannot wait to see the movie now, although I'm wondering how frightening that is compared to the book...

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