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Coraline [Hardcover]

Neil Gaiman , P. Craig Russell , Lovern Kindzierski
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July 2008
When Coraline moves to a new house she is fascinated by the fact that their house is in fact only half a house. Divided into flats years before, the other flat, it soon becomes clear to Coraline, is not quite as cosy and safe as her own.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover: 186 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006082543X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060825430
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.9 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,016,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`Beautiful and haunting ... A master modern fable'
-- Waterstone's Guide to Kid's Books, February 2009 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Neil Gaiman is the bestselling author of many multi-award-winning books for both adults and children. Coraline is currently being made into a film, with release scheduled for autumn 2008. Stardust, the movie based on Neil's bestselling graphic novel series, released in the autumn of 2007. Neil lives in America and travels the world extensively promoting his books. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Oh Dear. 6 July 2009
By E. Saul
Format:Hardcover
The lettering is the only saving grace in this so-called 'adaptation'. Dave McKean's original illustration work in Coraline the book seemed organic and dark, twisting form and shape to liven the imagination of the reader and express the dark emotion at the character's hearts - an effect picked up by Henry Selick in his film.

P. Craig Russell, however, takes the opposite approach, squeezing the book into a by-the-numbers selection of tight boxes that don't fit the narrative. Many of the original descriptions provided by Gaiman are translated into unrealistic-sounding dialogue - again, a problem better solved by Selick, who created a character for the protagonist to talk to - and quite often the art doesn't quite gel with the text. Panels are choked with dialogue; it would be all too simple to simply stretch a scene out over a few more pages, or simply reduce the dialogue in a way that would construe the same meaning.

The art taken by itself is embarrassing, woefully minimalist, lacking any real shadow or darkness and in many cases simply the same image copied and pasted multiple times - a lazy attempt of many modern comic artists to try and suggest the passage of time. Additionally, for an adaptation of a book so rich in description, the book has surprisingly little in the way of backgrounds, replacing most empty space with photoshopped patterns or solid colours rather than just, y'know, drawing something to fill in the panel. At one point, Coraline walks into a bedroom with no floor, ceiling or walls, merely a blue-grey haze with a bed in its midst; at another, a scene intended to provoke tension is ruined because the characters seem to be painted onto some tasteless green wallpaper.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 12 Sep 2008
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
This version of CORALINE is a graphic novel adaptation of the novel penned by Neil Gaiman.

The story follows a common theme in his works of the naive, yet determined, everyman who stumbles into an alternate reality.

The protagonist in this story arises in the form of a young girl named Coraline.

I found the dialogue to be smartly written and the narrative engaging. The artwork, while typical comic fare, set the visual mood quite well.

I greatly enjoyed this story. I found the characters likeable and believable in the context of the story, which in and of itself seemed to me to be an odd metaphor for "growing up."

I cannot recommend this enough to fans of Neil Gaiman's work or to someone looking for something just a little bit different.

Reviewed by: Breia "The Brain" Brickey
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5.0 out of 5 stars Coraline comic 23 Sep 2010
By Petra
Format:Paperback
The comic has got very nice pictures and contains all the relevant facts in order to understand and to follow the story. It is even sometimes clearer than the film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The other art of Coraline 1 Sep 2010
By Andromeda Descendent TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Before the film, there was the graphic novel. Of course, before the graphic novel, there was the book. I made a conscious decision - because I'm awkward like that - to read the graphic novel before any of them, because I like the medium and I associate Neil Gaiman with the graphic art medium. It's such a good and unusual story, I slightly regret doing that now - as although the artwork in this book is of very high standard, I think using my imagination as I read the novel would have been more of a personal experience.

Having said that, if you have read the book or seen the film, there is much to be gained from reading it in this form. The artwork is scary, though drawn so that the scares are understated. Though the story might frighten younger readers, you get the feeling that some of the artwork is held back - kept light where it could have been dark. Having said that, the "other Mother" is a genuinely scary sight at times and having her as the scariest thing in the book is probably the right call.

At 186 pages it's long enough to absorb yourself in and still complete it in a couple of sittings, or take it on in one extended readthrough.
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