After completing the Book Meme and mentioning “adult fairy tales” a couple of times I picked up the book Coraline by Neil Gaiman (of course after I finished the Paul Quarrington book I was reading). I’ve had this book sitting around in my book queue (only 9 million books and counting) but forgot about it.
I’m glad I didn’t forget about it forever. I started this short little book (it’s only 176 pages – with relatively large print) on Friday night and completed it on Sunday. I likely could have read it in one sitting, but I’m not that type of reader
The story centers around Coraline, who is an explorer. She likes to discover and sometimes this exploring gets her in trouble. This tale is about one such adventure. I won’t get into details, since I don’t want to ruin the story for those who are planning on reading it, but there are some similarities between Alice in Wonderland (though not as crazy) and Superman’s Bizzaro World.
Even though the book is aimed at the pre-teen segment of the population, which has never stopped me before, I enjoyed this story immensely. If you enjoy modern fairy tales run out and go out and buy, borrow or steal (yes I’m condoning stealing) the book.