Coraline

by Neil Gaiman | Children's Books |
ISBN: 9780061649691 Global Overview for this book
Registered by hakkalina of Budapest, Pest Hungary on 3/20/2009
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Journal Entry 1 by hakkalina from Budapest, Pest Hungary on Friday, March 20, 2009
It is a paperback edition with 162 pages.

About the story: Coraline has recently moved with her preoccupied parents into a flat in an old house. The neighbors above and below are odd but friendly: Mr. Bobo trains mice; elderly Misses Spink and Forcible serve her tea and tell her fortune. No one lives in the flat next door. But Coraline knows better, and one evening she discovers what's there: a tantalizing alternate world, filled with toys and food (unlike any of the boring stuff she has at home) and weird-- though wonderfully attentive--parents, who happen to have black button eyes sewn on with dark thread....
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I liked it, but not as much as "The Graveyard book". It is a weird story, but not more. It was not scary, creepy at all - for me.

~~ I offered it for a BookRay ... Now it is Finished! Yay!!! ~~
Started on: 2009. May
Finished: 2012. June
Number of Readers: 20


1. Moonpixie (FRA), 2. Cassiopeia22 (GBR), 3. Spy-there (SUI), 4. Cocojo (SUI), 5. Chich (FRA), 6. Tsjara (NED), 7. Butterfly-noir (POR), 8. Vekiki (UK), 9. nediamnori87 (UK), 10. Jonniboi (UK), 11. wickedlazy (UK), 12. vampirequeen (UK), 13. Rach-489 (UK), 14. ana-b (NED), 15. dutch-book (NED), 16. bookguide (NED), 17. grovalskii (GER), 18. bookwormess (FIN), 19. Lintulai (FIN), 20. mysteriousmummy (UK)

skipped: Duskdreamer (became inactive), VictoriaWagtail (wanted to be skipped), R4Andre (being inactive)


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Journal Entry 2 by hakkalina at Budapest, Pest Hungary on Thursday, May 07, 2009

Released 10 yrs ago (5/7/2009 UTC) at Budapest, Pest Hungary

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The ring starts! Have a nice reading all of you! :)
It goes by airmail.

Journal Entry 3 by moonpixie on Tuesday, May 12, 2009
This arrived today, thank you so much hakkalina! I loved the stickers and shall start this book tonight. ^-^

Journal Entry 4 by moonpixie on Monday, May 18, 2009
I loved Coraline, it was a bit strange but very good. I enjoyed it and I would like to see the movie now that I have read the book.

Now PMing Cassiopeia22 for her address...

Journal Entry 5 by moonpixie at Sent to a fellow BookCrosser, Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Saturday, June 20, 2009

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Sorry for keeping this so long, it's on its way to Cassiopeia22 now.
Hope you enjoy it!

Journal Entry 6 by Cassiopeia22 from Hamburg, Hamburg Germany on Tuesday, June 23, 2009
The book arrived here savely on thursday. Sorry, but I didn´t have the chance to make a journal entry yet. I think I will start reading it very soon and will let you know how I liked it.

Journal Entry 7 by Cassiopeia22 from Hamburg, Hamburg Germany on Sunday, July 05, 2009
I finished the book a few days ago. I loved it. It was so creepy, I wonder if some kids can cope with it. On the other hand kids are often underestimated. I mean, the buttons... I as a grown up was a bit scared. I liked the story and the wonderful ideas of Gaiman.
I´ll send the book on tomorrow. Thanks for sharing!

Journal Entry 8 by spy-there from Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Thursday, July 16, 2009
Arrived today - precisely when I finished Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell (a novel which is highly praised by Gaiman). Very convenient ^__^
Thanks for sharing and forwarding, hakkalina and Cassiopeia!

Journal Entry 9 by spy-there from Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Thursday, July 30, 2009
Once upon a time (in other words seven years ago) Neil Gaiman strolled through Apple Market where he would have lunch with his editor in half an hour. Yet there was time enough to have a look at the stalls, maybe he would find a stuffed animal or a musical box with a tiny, dancing fairy for his little daughter Holly. But then his gaze was attracted by a strange doll, half hidden under a green, yellow-spotted octopus and a big giraffe with a limp neck, where the stuffing had trickled out through a hole. Gaiman pulled at the doll to examine it more closely. It was hand-made and clumsy, the kind of doll little girls sew together in their needlework classes. A somewhat mocking smile was stitched into the round face, its hair made of black wool-threads and the dress, once red, had faded into a yellowish salmon-pink. Its eyes were two big, black buttons. Very peculiar and somewhat ... eerie?

Gaiman held the doll at arm's lenghth and shook it a bit that the fuzzy hair swirled around. «Button eyes, indeed», he mumbled to himself and grinned for the sheer pun of it. He had a short flash of an eye-surgery wherein the cornea would be replaced by black buttons. In another flash he saw contact lenses in the shape of bulging buttons with four neat holes in the middle, and he tittered again. Would Holly think of it as funny as he did? «How much?» he eventually asked.

The vendor, a punkish girl with sun glasses, a bright red pixie cut and a too big leather jacket had watched him the whole time. The ugly doll was actually one of her white elephants. Not only she was not able to sell it ever since it came into her possession some months ago - the last time when she tried to dispose of it for 25 cents, the customer had seen the ink stains on the dress and immediately refused. Now Gaiman wanted it ... whadda weirdo! (She had of course at once recognized the famous author)
«Ah», she smiled boldly, «the magical doll! Uh ... you know, this rare, handcrafted piece of vintage belonged my aunt when she was a little girl. It saved her life! That is to say, she once went with her mother to visit London, and on the way back, at the bus terminal, she discovered that she had forgotten her doll in the last shop; and she forced her mother to return yonder (by fits of crying). They went back and missed the bus - and learned only later that the same bus had a horrible accident wherein the driver and 12 passengers died. Therefore this ever was the magical doll. I really shouldn't sell it, you know ...» She sighed, took the puppet out of Gaiman's hands and tenderly stroked its untidy mane.

Gaiman could already see the price climb. But since he always liked unexpected stories, he just waited with what else the pixie-punk would come up. «Her name is Caroline», she promptly ranted on. «And Caroline tells stories if you still have sharp enough ears. Well, at least she told me stories when I was younger ... But watch her! Isn't she the most vivid story herself? Hmm ...», another sigh. «Well ... maybe I would part with her for ... um ... a tenner?»

There. This was already getting pathetic. Gaiman was about to withdraw when the girl held the doll to her ear and pretended to listen intently. «Just now Caroline told me that she likes you», she beamed. «She adores "Neverwhere", and she would love to become the magical doll in your house! So that's all a different case then ... of course I'd give you a bargain, say ... for eight pounds? But do not think cheap of her, will you?»

Now it was Gaiman's turn to sigh. He would have to leave the country, the sooner the better. He hoped that she would not want to have an autograph or shove some sheets into his hands and urge for his opinion of her poems. He glanced at his watch and smiled apologetically. «Um ...», he muttered, groping in his pockets, «this was a remarkable display of barter skills.» He found a pound, tossed it on the counter and was about to go. «Wait», shouted the girl and waved with the doll, «you forgot Caroline!».

Actually Gaiman wasn't thus keen anymore (he'd have to carry this junk!), but he grabbed it nevertheless, smiled his thanks and fled. Therefore he missed to see that the girl had removed her sunglasses and was staring after him with two shining, black buttons ...

(Sorry, I couldn't resist ;)

Gaiman derived a nice story from this encounter, but somehow ... I don't know. I wasn't surprised, not really. The button eyes didn't frighten me. I felt neither the «shiver down my spine» nor the promised «delicate horror».
The heroine is contradictory and a bit a mystery to me (bored children being since ever beyond my comprehension). If Coraline is such an alert girl, why does she fall for stupid tasks as «count all blue things»? But the worst is «Coraline's Story» which she writes at father's computer ... and which is at the level of a seven years old. Duh. The teenager Coraline looks pretty moronic there.

On the other hand ... there are funny dialogs and charming bits like the mouse circus or the dog's theatre. I love the nameless cat and the lesbian neighbours Forcible and Spink. Well ... maybe I just read too many praising reviews in advance. Perhaps I simply was repelled by those abominable illustrations ... After all, the story isn't bad. Though a bit sketchy, but not bad at all.
It would be interesting to know what children think about this tale. Especially the matter of rescueing the own parents - an oddly distorted situation for a child. Can you ever have faith again into grown ups who are weaker than yourself?

Journal Entry 10 by spy-there at Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Friday, July 31, 2009

Released 10 yrs ago (7/30/2009 UTC) at Zürich, Zürich Switzerland

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gave it to my neighbour Cocojo ^__^


Journal Entry 11 by Cocojo from Roma, Lazio Italy on Wednesday, August 05, 2009
thanks for letting me participate in the Ring. Was intrigued as I had seen the preview to the movie which scared me quite a bit. Started reading the book two nights ago and had weird dreams the first night but not on the second when I finished the story. I enjoyed the book but do find it a bit sketchy at times; the author had a good idea but didn't follow through and leaves the reader a bit lost about the whys of the story. Never mind, not every book is perfect.

Will be sending it on to Chich.

Journal Entry 12 by Cocojo at Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Monday, August 31, 2009

Released 10 yrs ago (8/25/2009 UTC) at Zürich, Zürich Switzerland

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sent by post to chich

Journal Entry 13 by chich from Sant Antoni de Portmany, Illes Balears/Islas Baleares Spain on Saturday, September 05, 2009
Image hosting by Photobucket Book received today, thanks for passing it on Cocojo!

Thanks for hosting this ring hakkalina, I'll finish the book I'm reading right now and will get right on to this one:o)

Journal Entry 14 by chich from Sant Antoni de Portmany, Illes Balears/Islas Baleares Spain on Tuesday, September 08, 2009
This was an ok read but definitely not as good as other Neil Gaiman novels. I liked the idea behind the book but didn't find the story scary at all and thought that it lacked originality.

Thanks for sharing anyway hakkalina!

I've already PMed Tsjara for his/her address and the book will be on its way ASAP.

Journal Entry 15 by chich from Sant Antoni de Portmany, Illes Balears/Islas Baleares Spain on Wednesday, September 09, 2009
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Book sent to Tsjara today, enjoy!

Journal Entry 16 by Tsjara from Zaandam, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Arrived here safely yesterday. Thanks Chich for sending, and hakkalina for organizing this ring! I look forward to reading this one :)

Journal Entry 17 by Tsjara from Zaandam, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Sunday, September 27, 2009
Finished this a few days ago and quite enjoyed it. I didn't find it very scary, though the hand did give me the creeps :p (and some of the drawings too..). I liked the cat, he was quite funny in his arrogant sort of way. Oh and the mouse circus too :)
The book somehow reminded me of stories I had read as a kid, not sure which or why (I did love scary stories when I was little).

I have PMed Magika for her address, but haven't received a reply yet.
Edit 28/09: Magika already has a copy of her own, so will PM the next participant.

Journal Entry 18 by Tsjara at Heiloo, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Monday, October 05, 2009

Released 10 yrs ago (10/5/2009 UTC) at Heiloo, Noord-Holland Netherlands

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Mailed the book to Butterfly-noir today.

Happy reading!

Journal Entry 19 by butterfly-noir from Lisboa - City, Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Thursday, January 21, 2010
so thus ends my abducton of this ring.
I'm really sorry hakkalina and uterlly ashamed of my behaviour. I let a lot of stuff get out of control since the first time you pmed me about the missing je, I didnt even realized how long I was holding it. I'm pming the next person rigth away.

Journal Entry 20 by Vekiki from London, Greater London United Kingdom on Tuesday, February 09, 2010
Recieved in the post today! I am really looking forward to reading this, I just have to finish the book I am halfway through first

Thankyou for sharing

edit to add:
I just realised I never did a JE of my thoughts about this book - sorry!

I enjoyed it, the first piece by Gaimen i've read. I thought the story was interesting and nicely told. It reminded me alot of Terry Pratchett's writing for children, so its not surprising that they ended up collabarating on a book together

Journal Entry 21 by nediamnori87 from St Andrews, Scotland United Kingdom on Saturday, February 20, 2010
I am looking forward to seeing what this book is about thank you for sharing.

Journal Entry 22 by nediamnori87 from St Andrews, Scotland United Kingdom on Monday, February 22, 2010
I wanted to start reading some Neil Gaimen books as I've seen them pop up as recommendations on Amazon everytime I log in so I thought where better to start than the book that was turned into a film. I actually quite enjoyed the story although it's obviously aimed more at children. I thought that the whole concept was well thought out and the plot was quite enjoyable. I loved the way the world dissolved as she got closer to solving the mystery I think that worked very well.

Thank you for sharing!

Journal Entry 23 by nediamnori87 at St Andrews, Scotland United Kingdom on Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Released 9 yrs ago (2/23/2010 UTC) at St Andrews, Scotland United Kingdom

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Sent to the next reader

Journal Entry 24 by Jonniboi from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Friday, February 26, 2010
I've been wondering if this book will ever reach my door! Now it has! Can't wait to start, but have other bookrings/rays to deal with first, I'm reading as much as I can so I shouldn't be too long, will contact next person in line now!

Journal Entry 25 by Jonniboi from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Tuesday, March 09, 2010
I've just finished this, I really enjoyed it, much to my surprise, and I am interested in watching the film, but the rest of my family don't want to, I plan on buying this book to pass around my family to try and interest them into watching the film, I so hope it will work!

I'm pretty ill with the flu at the moment, I should feel better by next week, and so shall send it out then hopefully!

Journal Entry 26 by Jonniboi at to fellow bookcrosser, post office -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Released 9 yrs ago (3/31/2010 UTC) at to fellow bookcrosser, post office -- Controlled Releases

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sent off to wikedlazy, sorry for taking so long!

Journal Entry 27 by wickedlazy from Wickford, Essex United Kingdom on Saturday, May 01, 2010
Safely recieved

Journal Entry 28 by wickedlazy at by post, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Monday, August 16, 2010

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It's in the hands of Royal Mail now.

Journal Entry 29 by vampirequeen at Aberystwyth, Wales United Kingdom on Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Sorry, got this last week and forgot to journal. Finished it, loved it!

Shall be sending it on once I've got the address.

ETA set on around the start of Sept

Journal Entry 30 by Rach-489 at Woking, Surrey United Kingdom on Friday, October 15, 2010
Sorry for not journalling this one earlier. I was positive that I had already done it, but apparently that must have been another book!

It was simply wonderful and I loved the little creepy drawings throughout. It was slightly chiling at first but soon delved more into the fantastical. Thank you for sharing.

Journal Entry 31 by Rach-489 at Woking, Surrey United Kingdom on Friday, October 15, 2010

Released 9 yrs ago (10/13/2010 UTC) at Woking, Surrey United Kingdom

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Winging its way to Ana-b now. :)

Journal Entry 32 by ana-b at Gouda, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Friday, October 29, 2010
The book has arrived. Thank you Rach-489 for sending it and Hakkalina for the ring.

Journal Entry 33 by ana-b at Gouda, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Thursday, December 23, 2010
I finished the book three weeks ago. A lovely story, but also rather creepy, but our fairy tales were not always so friendly, eaten by a wolf and poisoned by a witch.

On its way to Dutch-book.

Journal Entry 35 by dutch-book at Weesp, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Sunday, January 02, 2011
It has arrived at my place last week.

Journal Entry 36 by dutch-book at Weesp, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Tuesday, January 18, 2011
I've just read it. Unfortunately it wasn't as fairytale-ish as I hoped. Not as scary as I hoped. But liked it though.

Journal Entry 37 by bookguide at Wijchen, Gelderland Netherlands on Wednesday, February 02, 2011
Arrived safely today on a cold, damp and miserable winter's day. I've nearly finished reading 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory / Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator' to my daughter. I think this will be next! The only problem is, I fall asleep when I'm reading out loud, and I don't want to miss any of this, so I'll have to do my best to stay awake. Sometimes I wake up startled and catch myself saying a random word or phrase which has nothing to do with the book at all;-)

Journal Entry 38 by bookguide at Wijchen, Gelderland Netherlands on Wednesday, November 16, 2011
It was probably a mistake to read 'Coraline' out loud to my daughter. Not only did it take far too long because we don't seem to get round to reading together very often any more, but I tend to drop off to sleep while I'm reading to her! The idea of the story was rather creepy, but reading it like we did, the suspense didn't really build up, and my memories of the book are very vague. In this case I suspect that the film was probably better than the book, as they undoubtedly fleshed the story out more. Once again, my sincere apologies to Hakkalina for stalling the book for such a long time, and sorry to the people who were stuck after me, waiting for the book to be sent on.

Journal Entry 39 by bookguide at Wijchen, Gelderland Netherlands on Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Released 8 yrs ago (11/12/2011 UTC) at Wijchen, Gelderland Netherlands

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Posted to Grovalskii.

This book has been released as part of the following BookCrossing challenges:
- The Ultimate Challenge - read and release books, with extra points for a monthly theme
- Reduce Mount TBR (To Be Read) - read and release books on the TBR list since before June 2010. My reading goal is 75 books.
- Pages Read Challenge - read a self-set target number of pages in 2011. My goal is 25,000.
- 2011 Movie Books Challenge

Journal Entry 40 by grovalskii at Zehlendorf, Berlin Germany on Friday, November 18, 2011
Yeah! The long-awaited book arrived! And just in time, too. My kids and I just finished the book we were reading together so we can start on this one right away. Thanks for sharing hakkalina and thanks for sending bookguide.

Journal Entry 41 by grovalskii at Zehlendorf, Berlin Germany on Wednesday, December 07, 2011
Fun book! My kids and I quite enjoyed it. A bit creepy, but kids love that. :-)

The book will travel to Finland next. I already have the address of the next reader.

Journal Entry 42 by wingbookwormesswing at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Thank you, grovalskii, the book arrived around few weeks back. I've just been way too busy all December to journal it. It actually travelled to Kouvola with me for Christmas but I didn't have time to even take it out from my bag...

I'm in the middle of one book at the moment but will read this one right after that. :)

Journal Entry 43 by wingbookwormesswing at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Finally! Thank you so much for the ring, I'm sorry it took me a while. Couldn't find much time for reading due to my hectic work and long days but I made it. :)

I liked it. I have to say I felt a bit too adult to read it, probably couldn't find my inner child, but still it was quite good. Not as super as I expected.

I will mail the book forward as soon as I get the address.

Journal Entry 44 by Lintulai at Lahti, Päijät-Häme / Päijänne-Tavastland Finland on Thursday, March 01, 2012
I got this book as a part of a bookring. Thanks!

Journal Entry 45 by Lintulai at Lahti, Päijät-Häme / Päijänne-Tavastland Finland on Thursday, May 24, 2012
I read the book in our new home after the move and although I'm living only with my husband and our dog, I think I could relate quite well to Coraline. The story seems to have been written for children, but I wonder if it isn't the children's parents who are targeted. Coraline doesn't make a good bedtime story :D Of the style of writing I have to say that it reminded me a lot of Neverwhere, except the gaps weren't filled in writing but left to imagination.

Journal Entry 46 by Lintulai at Lahti, Päijät-Häme / Päijänne-Tavastland Finland on Thursday, June 14, 2012

Released 7 yrs ago (6/14/2012 UTC) at Lahti, Päijät-Häme / Päijänne-Tavastland Finland

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Finally sent forward to mysteriousmummy - sorry for the delay!

Journal Entry 47 by mysteriousmummy at Shefford, Bedfordshire United Kingdom on Thursday, June 28, 2012
Received safely from Finland, will read and send off asap.

Journal Entry 48 by mysteriousmummy at Shefford, Bedfordshire United Kingdom on Sunday, July 08, 2012
I loved this book quirky & interesting fun too read thank you to hakkalina for letting me keep it at the end of the ray

Released 3 mos ago (10/11/2019 UTC) at St Luke's Community Centre, Duston in Northampton, Northamptonshire United Kingdom

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Loved it so much I bought a newer copy to keep and now want to share it with others. To be released at the BC Unconvention.

Journal Entry 50 by smily-girl at Northampton, Northamptonshire United Kingdom on Monday, October 14, 2019
‘Stole’ this in the ‘steal or reveal’ game played at the UNCON in Northampton. Have never read it, nor seen the movie, and not sure if it’ll be scary for me... but I’m willing to give it a try!

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