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10 thoughts on “Coraline

  1. Patrick Patrick says:

    I've read this book many different times in many different ways.

    I read it off the page when it first came out. Later, I listened to Gaiman's narration of the audiobook when I was sequestered in the north woods of Wisconsin in a desperate attempt to finish book two. I watched the movie and enjoyed it.

    My most recent experience of the book was listening to it with my little boy on a long car ride. I wasn't sure he'd be able to get into it. Not because of the vocabulary. He's very sharp for being 4.5. He's good with words. But sometimes he gets a little scared.

    Despite my worries, he seemed to enjoy it. He paid attention, attention, asking for us to turn it back on after we stopped by the side of the road. A day later, he excitedly told me all about the story, apparently forgetting I'd been in the car too.

    All of that was months ago. Fast forward to now....

    * * *

    Dad, Oot said. Do you know the guy who wrote Coraline?

    The question caught me by surprise. The two of us were driving to a party together, a friend was having a bonfire and I was amazed that he was thinking about anything other than smores.

    I do, I said. His name is Neil Gaiman.

    Do you have his phone number? he asked.

    No, I said.

    Do you know where he lives?

    I do, I said.

    Are you his friend?

    That brought me up short. For Oot, that's a simple question. If you meet someone and play with them, they're you're friend. Easy.

    For adults these things are harder. And it's doubly hard for me these days. My life has changed so much over the last five years, and my previously established metric for friendship doesn't work very well any more.

    You see, for the majority of my life, a friend was someone who would, say, help me move a couch. Someone you could bum 10 dollars off of if you needed to. A friend was someone who felt comfortable enough to come over to my house without calling first. Then, if I wasn't home, they would let themselves in, eat out of my fridge, and start watching TV.

    While I'm terribly fond of him, Neil Gaiman has never done any of these things.

    Then again, neither have any of the other authors I've met over the last few years. I'm painfully aware of the need for new friendship metrics, but I haven't managed to develop a good set yet.

    That won't make any sense to my boy, but still, I try to be honest with him whenever I can. I don't know if we're friends, I say. But we're colleagues.

    What's a colleagues? he asks, right on cue.

    That means we know each other and do the same job, I explain.

    Oh yes, he says. You're both authors.

    It makes me proud when he says that. I'm proud that my boy knows I write books.

    Do you know his address? Oot asks, and it takes me a while to realize that he's returning to his previous line of questioning.

    I do, I said, not bothering to point out that knowing where someone lives and knowing their address is pretty much the same thing.

    Can you send him a letter?

    I could, I say.

    Oot pauses for a moment then, and I realize that this has been the point of the whole conversation. He wants to send Neil Gaiman a message.

    What would you like me to write to him? I ask.

    You should tell him he *sure* knows how to write a scary story....

    * * *

    So there you go. You don't really need me to tell you how I feel about one of Gaiman's books at this point. You know I love his writing.

    Instead, I'm offering up my boy's unvarnished opinion. Did he think the story was scary? Absolutely. But he still wanted us to turn it back on as soon as we were back in the car.

    What's more, he was still thinking about Coraline months later. And it was the first book where he's ever shown any interest in contacting the author.

    So. Bravo, Neil Gaiman. You've managed to win over two generations of the Rothfuss household.

  2. Miranda Reads Miranda Reads says:


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    The Written Review :

    I was such a cowardly kid that I never managed to read more than the blurb on the back

    Now that I've finally summoned the courage to give it a try - I wish I read it sooner.

    I love this novel.

    Unlike Gaiman's fiction for adults, every sentence, every word has its purpose. And finally, Gaiman does not throw in some weird sex scene. Can I get a hallelujah?

    One especially dull and rainy day traps young Coraline inside the new house. Her parents are busy and she must entertain herself. She finds a little door in the drawing room and a little key that fits in.

    he discovers a passageway into the otherworld. In it are her other-mother and her other-father - both of which always have the time for her and adore making her favorite foods. But, there's something... too otherly about the two that raises her hackles.

    They're perfect.

    Finally, the other-mother plays her hand. She wants Coraline all to herself. With a growing sense of dread, Coraline finds the way back locked and her chances of escaping becoming ever slimmer...All the while, the other-mother promises how wonderful and lovely living with her will be...forever...
    I don't want whatever I want. Nobody does. Not really. What kind of fun would it be if I just got everything I ever wanted just like that, and it didn't mean anything? What then?
    Coraline herself is brave and kind and courageous. At her age, I certainly couldn't have done half the things she managed. I love her strength and how there isn't a stich of love-interest - only adventure and escapades.

    Much better than expected (and I didn't get any nightmares).

    Audiobook Comments
    Read by the author - woohoo! As much as I grumble about some of his books, there's no denying that he's absolutely fabulous to listen to - this man could read a grocery list and I'd give it a listen.

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  3. Jayson Jayson says:

    (A-) 82% | Very Good
    Notes: A genuinely disturbing and creepy story with vivid imagery, it's well-rounded and goes at a perfect pace and length.

  4. Nataliya Nataliya says:

    Coraline is a short but delightfully dark and creepy book that just happens to feature one of my absolute favorite characters. Is it wrong that I want to be Coraline's best friend???

    “Because,' she said, 'when you're scared but you still do it anyway, that's brave.”
    Coraline is clever, quirky, curious and adventurous, brave and determined, independent, stubborn to no end, a bit reckless and not scared of danger. She will NEVER leave any mysterious doors locked and uninvestigated. In short, she is what I hope my future (hypothetical) daughter is going to be like. Out of boredom due to rainy days and parental inattention, Coraline sets out on a scary but awesome adventure. She bites off (almost) more than she can chew, but comes out of it a winner and just a bit more grown-up and mature (but luckily not in a dreadful moralistic way).
    Nothing’s changed. You’ll go home. You’ll be bored. You’ll be ignored. No one will listen to you, really listen to you. You’re too clever and too quiet for them to understand. They don’t even get your name right.
    The story is intense and sinister, and yet really fun. With his dark fairy-tales Coraline and The Graveyard Book, Gaiman proves that he has mastered the art of writing perfect non-condescending children's books that also appeal to adults. He is not afraid of making a kids' book scary; he knows kids can handle it quite well. The Other world he creates is eerie and surreal, with a dreamlike quality - the kind of dream from which you wake up screaming. But the story is also full of humor and has the Cat!

    ....... ............

    I guess I have a weakness for amazing book-cats (it must be the Alice in Wonderland influence on my young pliable mind back in 1980s). I adore the wisdom, independence, and a bit of condescending attitude they give humans.
    We... we could be friends, you know, said Coraline.
    We COULD be rare specimens of an exotic breed of African dancing elephants, said the cat. But we're not. At least, it added cattily, after darting a brief look at Coraline, I'M not.
    The language of the book is simple and sparing, and fits the story perfectly. Coraline is one of the books that are just meant to be read aloud. Overall, a great story that fully deserves the 5-star rating.

  5. Sean Barrs Sean Barrs says:

    Has anyone ever said to you “time heals all wounds?”


    Well for the villain of this story that is clearly not the case. It’s easy to pinpoint Coraline’s bravery and talk about her experience, but that’s not what this review is about. I want to consider the “other mother” and her story.

    I mean what exactly is her story? We can only presume that she has been doing this kind of trickery for years, perhaps even centuries. We don’t really know a great deal about her. She has three victims prior to her attempts on Coraline. Two appear to be fairly normal children. The third speaks in a form of Shakespearean English, which I took for proof of a victim many years previous. We don’t know a great deal about the actual house either or how long it has actually been standing. The descriptions speak of age. But how much age are we talking?

    It’s all a little bit of a mystery. What drove this woman to such depravity? What happened in her life that she needed to feed upon the love of children? What has she lost? Where did it all begin? I can only speculate. But one thing remains an absolute certainty to my mind; something terrible happened to the “other mother” a long time ago, something awful that drove her into the deepest depths of despair and as a result she clings to the essence of life: love.


    The movie adaption gives some brief idea of where she came from; she is Wyborn’s Grandma’s sister. But I’m not sure how much of this we can actually consider. Although the movie was written in collaboration with Gaiman neither of the characters actually appear in the book. So I’m left with even more speculation.

    What do you think?

    Is the “other mother” a villain or is she simply a misunderstood victim of fate?

    Postscript- I wish I had a friend like Coraline whilst growing up. She’s one cool kid.

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  6. Zoë Zoë says:


    When you're scared but you still do it anyway, that's brave.

    I think this would have been one of my favorite books if I read it as a child, but unfortunately 20-something me felt like it was lacking. I went into this with too high of expectations because the movie gave me nightmares after I saw it in theaters. Basically, I pretty much expected this to be a novelization of the movie - that was not the case. Though the big plot points remain the same, the movie was more fleshed out and atmospheric, and I was disappointed. But all in all, if you're looking for a spooky book that only will take you a couple of hours to read - this is it!

  7. emma emma says:

    nothing in this world brings me comfort and joy like this book


    i have to read 4 books in 4 days to finish my reading challenge and i'm stressed and today is the first day i don't feel sick in 2 weeks and there's so much to do and i have no motivation to do it and yes in conclusion i'm reading coraline for the second time this year.


    Does anyone have access to a rooftop? Preferably in a big city, or at least a town of reasonable size. High enough for it to be noticeably a rooftop, but absolutely NO higher than that because I have a mildly-to-seriously debilitating fear of heights. Maybe you’re an electrician, or a building super, or simply a very sneaky person with a skill for discovering high-up places. Whatever. I just need temporary roof access.

    Because, ahem…


    This is creepy and exciting and beautifully written and filled with wonderful characters and settings and scenes. I love Neil Gaiman, as of recently, and I most especially love Coraline (both book and character). I love it enough to read it multiple times, and also read the graphic novel at least once (possibly more), and also see the movie several times over (including in theaters with my whole family, including my very very small and very very scared brother).

    I saw the movie before I read the book, and for that I repent.

    There are so many little things from this that have stuck in my memory: the character voice of the cat; the talking terriers in Miss Spink and Miss Forcible’s apartment; the all-knowing circus mice; the fact that when Coraline had to feed herself, she went to the grocery store and bought herself a bag of apples and a whole chocolate cake (the biggest mood ever).

    Also, that reminds me that this is the best book ever for talking animals.

    I just love this story. I love everything about it. It is, for me, a perfect book.

    Now I want apples and chocolate cake.

    Bottom line: I love fairytales, and this is my favorite one.


    this is a top to bottom perfect book.

    review to come


    i love this book so much i want to absorb it into myself, but that is physically impossible.

    so i'm rereading it, which is the next best thing.

  8. Lyn Lyn says:

    Coraline, not Caroline, thank you, the little girl who was small for her age, and found herself in darkest danger was the subject of Neil Gaiman’s 2002 publication, which was in Gaiman’s own words “refreshingly creepy.”

    Gaiman said that he started writing the book for his young daughter Holly around the time they moved to America but, unintentionally, wrote it very slowly, “one word at a time” and thus stretched out the project for years. Refreshingly creepy is maybe the best way to describe this young adult work that also has darker elements, references to myth and the occult that will probably fly over the heads of younger readers. Older readers will find Coraline living down the street from Charles Addams place and also backyard neighbors of Ray Bradbury’s The October Country folks.

    “There was a tiny doubt inside her, like a maggot in an apple core.”

    But Gaiman’s Coraline never achieves the campy fun of Addams or Bradbury, leaning instead towards a Tim Burtonesque darkness that is charming in its own way. (Though the 2009 film was directed by Burton collaborator Henry Selick).

    Gaiman masterfully blends haunting elements of nighttime mystery with his own inimitable style of writing, to create a setting for Coraline to explore. Coraline’s plucky little girl, written soberly for a slightly more mature reader, struggles perfectly with the arcane machinations of the other mother.

    “It doth not hurt,” whispered one faint voice.

    Finally, Gaiman’s unique ability to craft a sepulchral niche that is akin to Lovecraft but more playful, reminds the reader of his brilliant work The Graveyard Book. An excellent introduction to his canon, this is also a must read for a Gaiman fan.


  9. Hannah Hannah says:

    This is the perfect Halloween read! It's creepy, eerie, and beautifully written.

    Now I want to rewatch the movie! I loved it :D

  10. Cecily Cecily says:

    This a perfect, traditional fairy* tale, with a slightly surreal twenty-first century warp. The writing is as magical as the plot.

    Its thirteen chapters are delightful, dark, and funny, with a heroine many can relate to, as child, parent, or both.

    Coraline is intelligent, inquisitive, slightly contrary, hates being bored, and wishes her parents paid her more attention, and didn’t feed her “recipes”. Perhaps, she wishes she had different parents. And you should always be careful what you wish for, even if you don’t know you’ve wished for it.

    So begins an adventure in which Coraline unlocks a door, goes down a secret passage, and finds herself in an alternate world that is eerily familiar, and scarily unfamiliar. She must conquer fears, discover the truth, and solve problems to find and rescue her parents, herself, and others.

    A book is not supposed to be a mirror. It's supposed to be a door. Fran Lebowitz.

    There are echoes of Grimm, Lewis Carroll, Roald Dahl, Dickens, Greek myths, and others, but it's also thoroughly original. It is YYA, rather than YA. I only wish it had been published a decade ago, so I could have read when my son was YYA.

    Learning Outcomes

    This isn’t a remotely teachy or preachy book, but Coraline learns a lot about life, familial love, and especially herself. She finds bravery she didn’t know she had, but she faces temptation as well. “The other mother loved her… as a dragon loves gold.” The other mother offers her everything she thinks she wants. But there is a price, and Coraline has a Eureka moment, and declares:
    “I don’t want whatever I want. Nobody does. Not really. What kind of fun would it be if I just got everything I ever wanted? Just like that, and it didn’t mean anything?”

    The Importance of Names

    Names are often endowed with supernatural power, but in this book, it’s almost the reverse.

    In Coraline’s real world, there is a strange man who has an apartment in the same house; Coraline doesn’t know his name (it hadn’t even occurred to her that he had one), and he always gets hers wrong (Caroline).

    The equivalent man in the alternative world always gets her name right, and yet that's also where the cat explains why names are unimportant: “We [cats] know who we are, so we don’t need names.” When Coraline asks what she'd do if she needed to call it, the cat replies, “Calling cats… tends to be a rather overrated activity. Might as well call a whirlwind.”

    The Importance of Fairy Tales

    In the introduction, Gaiman says that the prime message he wanted to convey to his young daughters was that bravery is “when you’re scared but still do it anyway”.

    Hence, he opens with a quote from GK Chesterton:
    “Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”

    That reminded me of an equally pertinent one from Ursula Le Guin:
    “People who deny the existence of dragons are often eaten by dragons. From within.”

    Chris Riddell’s Illustrations Compared with Henry Selick's Film

    My edition of the book is illustrated by Chris Riddell, who has also illustrated Gaiman's The Graveyard Book. I have fond memories of his collaboration with Paul Stewart on The Edge Chronicles, read with my son a dozen years ago, and enjoy his cartoons in The Literary Review.

    The slightly different imagery of the film is probably familiar to more people. I saw it several years ago, and it feels like a Tim Burton work, but it was actually adapted and directed by Henry Selick, who worked with Burton on The Nightmare Before Christmas, and also directed James and The Giant Peach (Miss Spink and Miss Forcible reminded me of aunts Spiker and Sponge).

    Submit to being entrapped in this tangled web of creative talent.


    • “It wasn’t the kind of rain you could go out in, it was the other kind, the kind that threw itself down from the sky and splashed where it landed. It was rain that meant business.”

    • “'Go away,' he said cheerfully.”

    • “An argument as old and comfortable as an armchair… that no one ever really wins or loses.”

    • “The mist hung like blindness around the house.”

    • “She had the feeling that the door was looking back at her, which she knew was silly, and knew on a deeper level was somehow true.”

    • “There was something slightly vague about his face – like bread dough that has begun to rise.”

    • “Her long white fingers fluttered gently, like a tired butterfly.”

    • “Her hair was wriggling like lazy snakes on a warm day. Her black-button eyes seemed as if they had been freshly polished.”

    • “If she were nowhere, then she could be anywhere. And, after all, it is always easier to be afraid of something you can’t see.”

    • “Her voice did not just come from her mouth. It came from the mist, and the fog, and the house, and the sky.”

    • “Mirrors… are never to be trusted.”
    But Gaiman is.
    This book is magical.
    I already said that, but it’s worth repeating.

    * No actual fairies in this fairy tale, but that's true of most of the best fairy tales, imo.