Monday, 22 October 2012

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Coraline

'Coraline's often wondered what's behind the locked door in the drawing room. It reveals only a brick wall when she finally opens it, but when she tries again later, a passageway mysteriously appears. Coraline is surprised to find a flat decorated exactly like her own, but strangely different. And when she finds her "other" parents in this alternate world, they are much more interesting despite their creepy black button eyes. When they make it clear, however, that they want to make her theirs forever, Coraline begins a nightmarish game to rescue her real parents and three children imprisoned in a mirror. With only a bored-through stone and an aloof cat to help, Coraline confronts this harrowing task of escaping these monstrous creatures.'

Continuing with the spooky theme this month, I decided to read the famous Coraline by Neil Gaiman. I'm so glad I did!

The concept and writing style of the book together made it very creepy. I wasn't terrified, but definitely creeped out by the fact that this little girl was exposed to this monstruous 'other mother'.

I also really enjoyed having Coraline as a main character; she was vulnerable, but very brave, and faced a lot of events throughout the book with maturity that you wouldn't expect from a girl of her age!

The only problem that I had with this book was that at times it seemed dragged out and at others far too rushed. I think I probably would have benefited from reading Coraline  a few years ago, because it is a children's book, but overall, I did really enjoy it and gave it 4/5 stars!

What did you think of Coraline?

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