Showing posts with label Neil Gaiman. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Neil Gaiman. Show all posts

Monday, May 9, 2016

Musing Mondays (52) It's All Historical...

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by Jenn at Books and a Beat, that asks you to muse about something book related each week.

My Musings for the Week...

Random weekly question: What is the best book you read LAST year?

The beginning of last year was significantly better for me, in terms of reading. 2016 has been pretty hit or miss—mostly hits, but the handful of misses happened back-to-back, and almost had me in a reading slump. Luckily, I avoided that.

Anyway, one of the best books I read last year was Coraline by Neil Gaiman. I was pretty late getting to the book, and I saw the movie before I read it. I liked the ending of the book more than I did the film version—mainly because of the obvious changes—but both were great anyway. The animation from the film was done in one of my favorite styles—stop-motion animation—so that was a big plus. All-in-all, Coraline was a great book.

Other Musings...

Today, I'm  sharing some of my favorite historical fiction, alternative history, and historical fantasy novels/series. Basically, books with settings based in some kind of historical time period no matter how altered, strange, or mysterious. Honestly, historical based novels are something I don’t read enough of, considering how much I tend to enjoy the books. However, I have read enough to compile a short list for today’s post.
  • The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd
  • Wonderstruck, The Marvels, and The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
  • The Agency Series by Y.S. Lee
  • Kat, Incorrigible series by Stephanie Burgis
  • The Diviners by Libba Bray
  • Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
  • Leviathan, Behemoth, and Goliath by Scott Westerfeld
By now, I know which genre’s I immediately reach for, and clearly, I’ve still got some work to do when I pick out books. I still fall into the same pattern of picking fantasy, which is hard to get away from when there are so many books I want to read from that particular genre. It’s a real dilemma sometimes.

Anyway, what are you reading this week?

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Review: Coraline by Neil Gaiman

CoralineTitle: Coraline
Author: Neil Gaiman
Source/Format: Borrowed from the Library, Hardback
More Details: Middle Grade, Fantasy
Publisher/Publication Date: HarperCollins, August 4, 2002

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Synopsis from Goodreads...

Coraline's often wondered what's behind the locked door in the drawing room. It reveals only a brick wall when she finally opens it, but when she tries again later, a passageway mysteriously appears. Coraline is surprised to find a flat decorated exactly like her own, but strangely different. And when she finds her "other" parents in this alternate world, they are much more interesting despite their creepy black button eyes. When they make it clear, however, that they want to make her theirs forever, Coraline begins a nightmarish game to rescue her real parents and three children imprisoned in a mirror. With only a bored-through stone and an aloof cat to help, Coraline confronts this harrowing task of escaping these monstrous creatures...
Coraline by Neil Gaiman was the second book I planned to read in October, the first was The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury. I’ve seen the movie and I liked it, so it seems only fitting that I finally got around to reading the actual book. And I have to say that I really liked it. Coraline was a spooky kind of tale complete with ghosts, darkened/mysterious hallways, and more than a handful of creepy creatures—put together, it made for a quick and enjoyable read.

Coraline was just like any other child seeking the attention of her parents, though her efforts were often dismissed as she was repeatedly told to go do other things. So it was only expected that she would end up in some trouble. Coraline finds the other parents, but manages to keep a level head despite getting everything she ever wanted—attention, good food, and fun (a literal example of be careful what you wish for).The other mother was just plain-old creepy with her button eyes, everything she did was just ugh, no-no-no!

The plot moved along quickly as Coraline quickly discovers that all is not right with the other mother and father. Really, the setting played into the atmosphere of the story. The house, which was broken up into different flats, was more or less the perfect stage for the story. Oh, and before I finish this review I have one more thing to say. My favorite part would have to be the ending. It differed from the movie but I have to say that I liked the one in the actual book so much better.

 There are some other series by Neil Gaiman that I'm interested in, so maybe I'll get to them eventually. But for now, overall, there were many things I liked about Coraline.

Friday, October 23, 2015

The Friday 56 (41) Coraline by Neil Gaiman

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice where every Friday you pick a book and turn to page 56 or 56%, and select a sentence or a few, as long as it's not a spoiler. For the full rules, visit the the page HERE

Synopsis from Goodreads...

Coraline's often wondered what's behind the locked door in the drawing room. It reveals only a brick wall when she finally opens it, but when she tries again later, a passageway mysteriously appears. Coraline is surprised to find a flat decorated exactly like her own, but strangely different. And when she finds her "other" parents in this alternate world, they are much more interesting despite their creepy black button eyes. When they make it clear, however, that they want to make her theirs forever, Coralinebegins a nightmarish game to rescue her real parents and three children imprisoned in a mirror. With only a bored-through stone and an aloof cat to help, Coraline confronts this harrowing task of escaping these monstrous creatures...

Coraline"She lit the candlewick with a match and watched it sputter and light, then she picked up the black key."--Coraline by Neil Gaiman 




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