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Coraline | [Neil Gaiman]

Coraline

In Coraline's family's new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close. The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own.
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Publisher's Summary

In Coraline's family's new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close. The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own.

Only it's different...

At first, things seem marvelous in the other flat. The food is better. The toy box is filled with wind-up angels that flutter around the bedroom. But there's another mother, and another father, and they want Coraline to stay with them and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go.

Other children are trapped there as well, lost souls behind the mirrors. Coraline is their only hope of rescue. She will have to fight with all her wits if she is to save the lost children, her ordinary life, and herself.

©2002 Neil Gaiman; (P)2002 HarperCollinsPublishers, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Book Sense Book of the Year Award Finalist, Children's Literature, 2003
  • Hugo Award Winner, Best Novella, 2003
  • Nebula Award Winner, Best Novella, 2003

"An electrifyingly creepy tale likely to haunt young readers for many moons." (Publishers Weekly)
"The story is odd, strange, even slightly bizarre, but kids will hang on every word...and they will love being frightened out of their shoes. This is just right for all those requests for a scary book." (School Library Journal)
"A magnificently creepy story...for stouthearted kids who love a brush with the sinister, Coraline is spot on." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    karen 08-05-15
    karen 08-05-15
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    "Magic - not just for kids"

    His voice is fantastic.
    Dynamic, different, beautiful ups and downs.
    This and graveyard are fantastic

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    K. Flaten Kewaunee, WI United States 05-26-15
    K. Flaten Kewaunee, WI United States 05-26-15 Member Since 2015

    Ericksmom

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    "Creepily fun to listen to!"

    Listened to this on Road trip, kept my 5th grader listening and engaged thru the entire story.enjoyed by parents too!

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    Good man 04-17-15
    Good man 04-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "It was really good"

    His writing is original and unique it's like a darker version of Alice in Wonderland .I think it should be made into a live-action film

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    P.C. MI, USA 04-16-15
    P.C. MI, USA 04-16-15 Member Since 2010

    Peace Child

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    "Great story"

    Loved it. Great story, great writer. The movie is awesome. I rarely give 5 stars.

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    Davina Rush Tennessee 02-18-15
    Davina Rush Tennessee 02-18-15 Member Since 2014

    Writer and illustrator, gardener, cook and mother... A woman with too many hats to name!

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    "Always good stuff from Mr. Gaiman"

    I do love his style and I always enjoy his tales. This book was absolutely wonderful... Even for an adult.

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    Ryan Foster 02-11-15
    Ryan Foster 02-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Neil G fuckin kicks it!"
    Where does Coraline rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    somehwer in between d'moon and the fuckin' stars and meteors


    What did you like best about this story?

    That bitch wit dem button eyes is mutha fuckin crazy as tits on toast.


    What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

    That mutha fucka could make my dick hard just by whispering' and shit


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    lades got buttons eyes!!!


    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend this audio book and its printed counterpart. Neil Gaiman's writing style is both imaginative and scary. 5 stars!

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    Amazon Customer Ogden, UT 02-07-15
    Amazon Customer Ogden, UT 02-07-15 Member Since 2014

    Justin

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    "Creepy Good"
    Where does Coraline rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top quarter. Its a good story. I loved listening to Neil Gaiman himself as he read the book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Coraline?

    How she gets rid of the hand at the end.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Anything with the "other mother."


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Lot of great quotes.


    Any additional comments?

    Coraline

    by Neil Gaiman

    I'd give this classic 4 black buttons out of 5.



    Now, let's see... What's a good way to describe this book? Several words come to mind.

    Creepy. This is probably one of the most common words used to describe this book.

    Clever. I think this word describes the protagonist quite well.

    Hand. Yes, the hand! See the first word.



    The novel, Coraline, follows a young girl of the same name - Coraline Jones. Her family recently moved into a new apartment, surrounded by some very eclectic and interesting characters. It was all very viseral.

    When Coraline's parents get absorbed in their work, and personal activities, they fail to pay attention to her, and she decides to go exploring. Along the way she meets talking animals, former theatre actresses that want to tell Coraline's fortune, and a loony guy on the top floor that swears mice talk to him and play him marching band music. It's all very mysterious feeling.

    The book really starts to take off when Coraline discovers a small door sealed off by a brick wall in one of the parlors. One night she follows a mouse into the door and through a dark corridor, and out the other side in a bizarro world of sorts. There she meets her "other mother," and "other father." Those parents eventually reveal that they want her to stay with them, and their black buttons for eyes. As the story moves along, Coraline realizes that her "other mother" is some kind of god-like creature that created the other world she then found herself in, and continues to manipulate it to keep Coraline there.

    The story is about Coraline's exploring nature, and how, even though her parents weren't paying much attention to her, there was nothing she wanted more than to be with her family again.

    This is a really good novel, full of palpable adventure, and creepy characters and environments. And it's not just the descriptions that create the creepy ambiance, but the dialogue too. The "other mother" is very tricky, and subtle in her lies and deceptions. Coraline rises to the occasion, however, and delivers a creative, satisfying ending, besting the "other mother" at her own game.

    If you or your kids don't mind slightly horrific scenarios and characters, then you'll likely receive this well. Note: This book was adapted into movie form, and it was well received.

    Note: This book was adapted into movie form (clay/stop animation I believe,) and it was well received. You might want to check that out too.

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    Henry 02-03-15
    Henry 02-03-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Great!"

    This was a great little story. Unfortunately, I watch the movie first. While the movie was great, it doesn't compared to this little book.

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    Lorraine WEST VALLEY CITY, UT, United States 01-26-15
    Lorraine WEST VALLEY CITY, UT, United States 01-26-15 Member Since 2011

    Say something about myself? Hmmmm, let's see......ummm...I read....and read....oh! Right! I read some more! And I like coffee ;)

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    "Frequently used as a bedtime story"

    I am usually plaques by nightmares or depressing dreams. Falling asleep is not an easy thing for me. I don't know what it is about this story that is so appealing to me but it helps with that. It is by no means boring. It just helps to distract my brain enough with something interesting and imaginative to help me fall asleep. It sometimes helps with the nightmares as well. I almost wish audible had a repeat feature :)

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    Donna 01-17-15
    Donna 01-17-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great kid's story"

    A story of bravery that can inspire kids. I love the way it tied in bravery in real life with attending school.

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