Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Coraline - Neil Gaiman

Hi readers!

Hope you've all still been tuning in here on Quicksand, there's been a lot of great posts in the last few months!
Last night I finished reading Neil Gaiman's 'Coraline', which I discovered after reading his latest book, The Graveyard Book (see review Jan 7th '09).

Coraline is a young girl who lives with her busy parents in a big old house, the type that has been separated into 4 or 5 smaller units. She is bored. School isn't due to go back yet, and her parents are too busy to entertain her. Mrs Spink and Miss Forcible, the two retired actors who live in the house below don't have enough entertaining stories to keep a young girl occupied. The crazy old man upstairs is preoccupied with his Mouse Circus, and also...well he IS crazy.
Then, Coraline discovers a hidden world behind the locked door in the drawing room. A strange, and eerily similar world to her own, and in that world are another set of her parents. However, nothing in this world is quite right, and she soon finds out that her 'other mother' wants to keep her forever in the strange world behind the locked door.

Coraline is a strange story, at first I thought it was a bit basic, maybe a bit too young for me, but after you get past the first couple of chapters, the real intrigue begins!
Definitely worth a read, and available in graphic novel, or novel formats!



I am not a Librarian said...

Ooooh, sounds a bit "Narnia-ish". Gotta luv those worlds behind locked doors! :o)

Angelo said...

would it be okay to email some info on a book called Fade to Blue by Sean Beaudoin (Little, Brown)? let me know, and thanks!

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