Saturday, January 31, 2009


Author: Neil Gaiman
Rating 3/5

"When Coraline steps through a door to find another house stangely similar to her own (only better), things seem marvelous. But there's another mother there, and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go."

This was the second book I've read by Neil Gaiman. Like Good Omens it is not an ordinary story. The mirror world is dark and twisted making Tim Burton the perfect person to put together the recently released movie version of this story. As I was reading it, it reminded me of many of his films.

Despite the originality, I did not really connect with these characters. I enjoyed the cat. Given the personalities of most cats, this character could have been and done so much more. The other mother caught my interest for a brief period, but when she and the other world began to take on abstact forms my interest faded and collapsed like the structures and places in the other world. Overall, this book was okay. It was able to get my attention (which is sometimes a major feat) but couldn't keep it.

I read this for Dewey's Challenge and 20 in 2009. Click here for Dewey's Review. Books completed for all challenges are shown in the sidebar under the button for the challenge.


  1. Hey, Care! You left a link on my blog, but I can't find it anymore. Can you leave another one for the giveaway and what book you would prefer?


  2. I haven't read any of Neil Gaiman's work, but I want to. Great review.

  3. Hi! Sounds interesting - I am the in the middle of lots of books myself. I would like to read this one when I am done with my lot.. I have not heard about this book before but the fantasy element draws me to it. I love reading fantasy fiction...

  4. Anonymous5:38 PM

    Might be minor misunderstanding... Coraline is not a Tim Burton... Though I love his work...

  5. Thanks for the heads up! The film version was actually done by Henry Selick (the director of The Nightmare Before Christmas). When I googled the film, I discovered that many people made the same mistake I did.