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Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Review by Alleandra

The World:
Present day, somewhere in England

A fairly limited cast including young Coraline, her parents, two older ladies and an eccentric man who are neighbors, and a cat.

The Plot:
Coraline and her family move to an old house that has been divided into flats. Her parents are self involved, and when Coraline is bored, they tell her to go am explore the flat. She discovers a door that leads seemingly to nowhere. After receiving a cryptic message not to go through the door, a tea reading of imminent danger and a strange stone, Coraline, of course, goes through the door.

I eagerly started this book with high expectations. However, although nicely weird, there isnít much suspense. Coraline is a very capable young girl, and never seems in over her head, although there are parts that could be scary for young children. The book is well written, but the characters, especially the parents, are not very interesting. The only character the reader comes to know is Coraline, and we really donít get to discover all that much about her. I ended up disappointed, but that was in part because of the expectations going in. Gaiman always provides some demented elements, and does so here as well. When these elements are used, the book shines brighter.


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