Coraline by Neil Gaiman – Mini-Review

Hello Avid Readers. Welcome to another book review. Today, I’m sharing my thoughts about Coraline by Neil Gaiman. A short standalone paranormal tale written for children but loved by adults too.

Last year, I decided that mini-reviews were the way forward for this particular book blogger. 😉 This means that I only write full detailed reviews for the books I receive from authors, publishers and PR organisers (ARCs).

What’s Coraline about?


I actually downloaded and listened to Coraline back in 2018 but didn’t post my review to my blog! What an oversight! 🙂

What did I think about Coraline?

An Engaging Tale For Both Young And Old!

I’m already a fan of Neil Gaiman and have read some of his other works of adult fiction. I downloaded this Kindle version because I adore the 2009 film by Laika and felt it was high time I read the book.

As with all adaptations, the stop-motion film varies slightly from the story in this book. However, I still found myself thoroughly engaged in Coraline Jones’s adventure through the door to the Other Place. I even found my breath held in tension at times.

I downloaded the Audible version narrated by Neil Gaiman himself.

Strangely, it differed from the book at times. I think it was “Americanised” as there were little word changes (flashlight said instead of the torch that was printed, distances were narrated in imperial instead of the metric that was printed, etc) and slight sentence restructures. Having said that, I loved the way Mr Gaiman read his story. The pace of his speech, his tonal inflections and his performance helped to immerse me in the adventure.

Coraline is one of my favourite films.

I watch Coraline every Halloween and I am overjoyed to say that it’s also one of my favourite books now too.


Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my thoughts. I hope I’ve sparked your interest and that you add Coraline to your groaning TBR piles. Have you read any books by Neil Gaiman? Which ones would you recommend? Drop the titles in the comments.

Of course, I’ve now added Neil Gaiman to my favourite authors’ page. Before you go, check out which other amazing authors are on my list. 😉

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Bye for now,

Flora x

By Flora

I'm in my late forties, my interests are varied but since menopause hit a few years ago, I find myself becoming a "grumpy old woman" all too frequently - where has my infinite patience gone!?! Lol!
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2 replies on “Coraline by Neil Gaiman – Mini-Review”

I haven’t watched the film or read the novel, but I want to – love Neil Gaiman 🙂

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