Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Review: "Coraline" by Neil Gaiman

Hello Bibliobabes!

We're only 15 days away form the new year! Can you believe it, my bookish darlings?! At 25 books away from my yearly goal, I'm not 100% positive I'll be able to reach it this year. OH WELL! I say that with the utmost respect to my 2014 self who goaled 100 books. She had no way of knowing that 2015 would be so hellish (and then wonderful towards the end).

My current self, however, is older and a significant deal wiser. So my 2016 reading goal will be - 100 books. *shrugs* My wisdom points apparently didn't increase in the "realistic goals" category. THUS! I decree that I WILL reach that pesky book goal even if I have to ignore my loved ones and shirk a few of my adulty responsibilities to make it happen!

Oh. By the way, I have a very special announcement to make. (Bow to your segue queen!)
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To honor the new year and have a little party for AuggieTalk's 4th year of book-blogging, I'll be hosting  a very special giveaway beginning January 1st. Starting at 12am 01/01/2016 ya'll will be able to enter to win a one month subscription to OwlCrate, a YA book subscription crate that is perfectly perfect in every way!

If you don't want to wait, you have exactly 3 days to sign up for the December crate. Click the image above to do so now! (And then when your Dec. box comes in we can squeal together over our bookish goodies!)

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Title: Coraline
Author: Neil Gaiman
Genre: Middlegrade Fantasy
Publication: August 4, 2002
Pages: 208


There is something strange about Coraline's new home. It's not the mist, or the cat that always seems to be watching her, nor the signs of danger that Miss Spink and Miss Forcible, her new neighbours, read in the tea leaves. It's the other house - the one behind the old door in the drawing room. Another mother and father with black-button eyes and papery skin are waiting for Coraline to join them there. And they want her to stay with them. For ever. She knows that if she ventures through that door, she may never come back.

Most definitely one of the most fascinating, creepy, and enjoyable books I've ever read. For people who enjoy existing in that foggy, dark, spooky realm that exists on the border of child-fantasy and adult-horror this book is for you. I NEED more books like this. This book would have been my #1 favorite as a child and it's darn near close to being it now.

Neil Gaiman is a genius when it comes to appealing to both his young and older audience. To a child, Coraline is a spine tingly yet fun adventure full of wonder, curiosities, and a pretty understandable moral. To adults the story is macabre at its most innocent and horrifying at its weirdest (having buttons sewed into your eyes, a human being made of rats, two ancient acrobats who take off their skin and then...I don't know... recuperate? In a slimy cocoon. Dead children in the closet. Oh yeah, then there's that "I'm your mom... but not really" lady who is actually some kind of weird demon that lives off of the souls of those before mentioned dead children in the closet.

Thankfully I tend to enjoy books like this a little more the way that children do. To me it's just a good, fun, quirkly-and-yet-slightly-disturbing tale of discovering what you truly love and being careful what you wish for.

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Auggie is the 29 year old whirlwind owner of Auggie-Talk. A bibliobibuli by nature and a (potentially obsessive) lover of Diana Wynne Jones and Neil Gaiman. Not so secrety secret: She's been known to consume too much caffeine leading to hyperactive rants about her heinous lack of shelving and the high likelihood that Hermione Granger is her spirit animal.

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