Coraline by Neil Gaiman – Mini-Review

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Hello Avid Readers. Welcome to another book review. Today, I’m sharing my thoughts about Coraline by Neil Gaiman. A 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?

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Coraline by Neil Gaiman – Mini-ReviewMy Rating:
Title: Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Published by Bloomsbury Childrens on 2 November, 2009
Genres: Fantasy
Narrator: Neil Gaiman
Length: 3 hours 35 minutes
No. of Pages: 212

The day after they moved in, Coraline went exploring....

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, books whose pictures writhe and crawl and shimmer, little dinosaur skulls that chatter their teeth. 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 and all the tools she can find if she is to save the lost children, her ordinary life, and herself.

Critically acclaimed and award-winning author Neil Gaiman will delight readers with his first novel for all ages.

Source: Bought
Formats Available: Kindle with Narration, eBook, Audiobook, Paperback
Purchase Links: Books2Read - Universal Link ¦ Audible* ¦ Book Depository* ¦ Waterstones*

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. 😉

signature graphic. Happy reading from flora image sitting on books

Bye for now,

Flora x

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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!
I bought a Kindle in the summer of 2013 and haven't stopped reading since. If you want to know more about me, check out my blog -

(2) Comments

  1. Izabel Brekilien says:

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

    1. Flora says:

      It’s a wonderfully chilling children’s story, Izabel.

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