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review 2019-10-09 09:16
Meh
Coraline - Neil Gaiman,Dave McKean

I usually love Neil Gaiman's books so I didn't feel worried picking this one up after Beloved. I figured if anyone could hold their own after a masterpiece it should be him. No. Other than an interesting idea (made stronger in the film) this book held nothing for me. It was too simplistic. Maybe it's the sort of book to read to a five year old at bedtime if you want to give them nightmares, but it is not up to Gaiman's usual standard. I didn't read this edition. Mine was not illustrated and maybe that makes a difference. But this was not for me. 

 

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text 2019-08-06 17:20
Halloween Bingo Pre-Party: Favorite Seasonal Covers
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - Seth Grahame-Smith
Coraline and Other Stories - Neil Gaiman,Dave McKean
So Mote it Be - Isobel Bird
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Graphic Novel) - Bo Hampton,Tracey Hampton,Washington Irving
Four and Twenty Blackbirds - Cherie Priest
Wyrd Sisters - Terry Pratchett
The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson,Laura Miller
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown - Charles M. Schulz
Pet Sematary - Stephen King

 

I'll make this largely a visual post, since it's all about judging a book by its cover ;)

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review 2019-04-06 21:02
Review: Coraline [Graphic Novel]
Coraline - Neil Gaiman,P. Craig Russell

Author: Neil Gaiman

Adaptation & Illustration: P. Craig Russell

Pages: 186

 

Wonderful.  Whimsical with a slight hint of creepy.  

 

Coraline is a bright, adventurous child who doesn't get enough attention from her parents, but she's perfectly capable of occupying her time exploring.  There is a cast of wacky characters, a key to a door that leads nowhere, and then somewhere.  It becomes a doorway to another version of her world where the characters are twisted copies of the ones from her world.  And the Other Mother, is clearly a creepy monster disguised as her mother to lure her into a false sense of security so she can eat her...probably.  Most definitely.  And EWWWW spiders!  

 

The artwork was wonderful and while I haven't read the original novel and cannot compare the adaptation to it, I think it's fantastically done.  I've seen the movie so I had something to go on.  And as with anything that features a sassy cat--or any cat--he was my favorite character!  I very much enjoyed reading this.

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text 2018-10-03 00:51
People with kids and kids at heart [Coraline GN, Ivy & Bean Kindle Sale!]

Coraline, the Graphic Novel by Neil Gaiman is on sale for $1.99! I don't know how long it will be on sale and what part of the world this sale is for. I thought I would pass along the news. Here

 

 

Also anyone with kids (or kids at heart like me!) The first three Ivy & Bean books by Annie Barrows are on sale for $.99 each! Number 1, Number 2, Number 3 They are $3 after the first 3.

 

 

 

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review 2018-08-23 05:11
Coraline by Neil Gaiman (audiobook)
Coraline (Audio) - Neil Gaiman

I enjoyed listening to this far more than I enjoyed reading the same story in print the first time around. And I love the cat. Part of that may have been Gaiman's delivery of the cat's lines.

 

Oops, I forgot to add that the rats' singing was super creepy.

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