My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This isn’t just a book. It’s a small, strange thing, filled with strangeness. After reading Gaiman’s Stardust, I was thinking I would like to read more of him. After this book, I am certain I will have to read every book by him. His books aren’t as much about plot or storyline, as they are about his delicious writing and characters. Especially the characters.
I am the kind of reader who can enjoy a poorly plotted book with great characters, but can get bored with a complex and well-structured plot if the characters aren’t colorful enough. But with Gaiman, I get both. So, of course, he is my new favorite.
This book is about a girl named Coraline, who has just moved in a strange home. It used to be a mansion but is now partitioned into multiple blocks and rent out. Her house has a door, that opens into a brick wall since it used to go to a room, that is now part of another apartment. But strangely, one day, she opens the door and finds a pathway. The pathway leads to a home very much like her own, and better versions of her parents. Until she starts discovering something is off about them. And so the book begins.
I don’t want to get too much into the plot, it’s better savoured without much knowledge. But I highly recommend it.