Coraline and DWJ

Nat Case ncase at
Thu Sep 5 12:51:02 EDT 2002

I read Coraline aloud straight through to Ingrid on Sunday when we 
thought labor was starting... false alarm, alas. It was good, very 
creepy, especially as we finished around 2 AM...

I through the Independent review actually wasn't too far off: Lewis 
Carroll it isn't, and I don't know that anything as compact as 
Carroll could be these days: you'd have to write to an audience with 
a much more dispersed cultural background than Carroll's, and so much 
of the books are bound up in  parody and in-jokes...

In a way it reminded me of Jane Yolen's book The Wild Hunt. Lots of 
atmosphere, and a really hard push on the part of the author to make 
the very air a sort of character. I think Gaiman's is a better book.

That said, it is an ambitious book in its way, and as I said, very 
creepy. Vintage Gaiman.

And it must be selling well. The copy we got last week was the 8th US printing!


>On 5/9/02 9:07 am, "Philip.Belben at"
><Philip.Belben at> wrote:
>>  Greetings.
>>  Scathing review of Gaiman's "Coraline" in yesterday's Independent.  Mentions
>>  DWJ
>>  in a much more favourable light...
>>  Philip.
>Though Philip Pullman gave it a big thumb's up in Saturday's Guardian
>Haven't read it yet, but his review made me want to - has anyone read it yet
>and what did they think?
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