Currently Reading: Coraline & Other Stories

“Everyone has an other mother…”

Author: Neil Gaiman

Genre: Surreal, Horror, Age: Children’s+

Released: 5th October 2009 (UK Version)

This is a re-reading of an old favourite. I bought my copy of Coraline many years ago, and the first time I read it, I knew it was something special.

Somewhat of a cross between horror and a fairytale, it’s so simple yet complex at the same time. This is also the first work that I read by Neil Gaiman.

Coraline aimed at children, so it’s not going to take long to finish the main story. However, this version also contains several short stories by Neil Gaiman, which I will explain in more detail in the book review.


When Coraline explores her new home, she steps through a door and into another house just like her own – except that things aren’t quite as they seem. There’s another mother and another father in this house and they want Coraline to stay with them and be their little girl.

Coraline must use all of her wits and every ounce of courage in order to save herself and return home but will she escape and will life ever be the same again?

Elsewhere in this collection, a sinister jack-in-the-box haunts the lives of the children who ever owned it, a stray cat does nightly battle to protect his adopted family, and a boy raised in a graveyard confronts the much more troubled world of the living.

From the scary to the whimsical, the fantastical to the humorous, Coraline & Other Stories is a journey into the dark, magical world of Neil Gaiman.


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  1. Huge fan of coraline, read it years ago in school. Still hits a point in my heart and brings back loads of memories. Loved the review


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