Poetry Madness
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Q&A | February 27, 2014

Rene Denfeld: IMG Powell’s Q&A: Rene Denfeld



Describe your latest book. The Enchanted is a story narrated by a man on death row. The novel was inspired by my work as a death penalty... Continue »
  1. $18.19 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

    The Enchanted

    Rene Denfeld 9780062285508

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$4.95
List price: $8.99
Used Mass Market
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Beaverton Children's- Science Fiction and Fantasy

Coraline

by

Coraline Cover

 

Awards

2003 Hugo Award for Best Novella
2003 Nebula Award for Best Novella

Staff Pick

Coraline and her parents have moved to a new flat. One rainy day, with her parents too busy to entertain her, Coraline takes her father's suggestion and begins exploring her new house from top to bottom. She discovers a curious, locked door in the drawing room, and when her mother unlocks it, they find a brick wall left over from the days when the house was divided into apartments. But after a night filled with shadows and strange noises, Coraline becomes convinced that there is more to the drawing-room door. The next time she unlocks it, she discovers an apartment on the other side — a skewed version of her own, complete with an "Other Mother" and an "Other Father," just like her own parents except for their shiny button eyes. Coraline thinks at first that she has found a place filled with everything that she could ever want — but quickly realizes that the dark world she has discovered is less substance and more shadow. When her "Other Mother" kidnaps Coraline's real parents, she must use all of her wits and the help of some friends to try to save them all.
Recommended by Gerry, Powells.com

Those of you who are tired of waiting for a new Harry Potter novel might do well to pick up this little gem. Young Coraline finds a secret passage that leads her to a living nightmare. This book is scary, but not too scary, a little creepy, and very funny. Kind of like a good old-fashioned ghost story or fairy tale. The wonderful illustrations by Dave McKean bring Gaiman's tale vividly to life.
Recommended by Gerry, Powells.com

Coraline and her parents have moved to a new flat. One rainy day, with her parents too busy to entertain her, Coraline takes her father's suggestion and begins exploring her new house from top to bottom. She discovers a curious, locked door in the drawing room, and when her mother unlocks it, they find a brick wall left over from the days when the house was divided into apartments. But after a night filled with shadows and strange noises, Coraline becomes convinced that there is more to the drawing-room door. The next time she unlocks it, she discovers an apartment on the other side — a skewed version of her own, complete with an "Other Mother" and an "Other Father," just like her own parents except for their shiny button eyes. Coraline thinks at first that she has found a place filled with everything that she could ever want — but quickly realizes that the dark world she has discovered is less substance and more shadow. When her "Other Mother" kidnaps Coraline's real parents, she must use all of her wits and the help of some friends to try to save them all.
Recommended by Gerry, Powells.com

Those of you who are tired of waiting for a new Harry Potter novel might do well to pick up this little gem. Young Coraline finds a secret passage that leads her to a living nightmare. This book is scary, but not too scary, a little creepy, and very funny. Kind of like a good old-fashioned ghost story or fairy tale. The wonderful illustrations by Dave McKean bring Gaiman's tale vividly to life.
Recommended by Gerry, Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

When Coraline steps through a door to find another house strangely similar to her own (only better), things seem marvelous.

But there's another mother there, and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go.

Coraline will have to fight with all her wit and courage if she is to save herself and return to her ordinary life.

Review:

"[Neil Gaiman] is, simply put, a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him in any medium." Stephen King

Review:

"I think this book will nudge Alice in Wonderland out of its niche at last. It is the most splendidly original, weird, and frightening book I have read, and yet full of things children will love." Diana Wynne Jones, author of Dark Lord of Derkholm

Review:

"This book will send a shiver down your spine, out through your toes, and into a taxi to the airport. It has the delicate horror of the finest fairy tales, and it is a masterpiece." Terry Pratchett, author of the Discworld series and co-author of Good Omens

Review:

"This book tells a fascinating and disturbing story that frightened me nearly to death. Unless you want to find yourself hiding under your bed, with your thumb in your mouth, trembling with fear and making terrible noises, I suggest that you step very slowly away from this book and go find another source of amusement, such as investigating an unsolved crime or making a small animal out of yarn." Lemony Snicket, author of The Series of Unfortunate Events

Review:

"Delicate and extraordinary, it reads like Alice in Wonderland crossed with Stephen King..." The Independent (U.K.)

Review:

"A modern ghost story with all the creepy trimmings....Well done." The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"[M]agnificently creepy....[S]ome deliciously eerie descriptive writing. Not for the faint-hearted — who are mostly adults anyway — but for stouthearted kids who love a brush with the sinister: Coraline is spot on." Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

Review:

"By turns creepy and funny, bittersweet and playful...can be read quickly and enjoyed deeply." San Francisco Chronicle Book Review

Review:

"[A]n electrifyingly creepy tale likely to haunt young readers for many moons....Gaiman twines his taught tale with a menacing tone and crisp prose fraught with memorable imagery..." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

Review:

"Not since Narnia has the simple act of opening a door unlocked such a fantastic journey. And not since Alice tumbled down the rabbit hole has that journey been so splendidly strange and frightening." USA Today

Review:

"Inventive, scary, thrilling, and finally affirmative. Readers young and old will find something to startle them." Washington Post Book World

Review:

"Beautifully spooky. Gaiman actually seems to understand the way children think." The Christian Science Monitor

About the Author

Neil Gaiman is the critically acclaimed author of the novels Neverwhere, Stardust, and the Sandman series of graphic novels, as well as Smoke and Mirrors, a collection of short fiction, and Coraline, a novel for readers of all ages. Originally from England, Gaiman now lives in America.

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 1 comment:

readersrespite, January 27, 2009 (view all comments by readersrespite)
Young Coraline isn't all that happy with her life. Her parents work too much and, as young children are wont to be, she's bored. But when she discovers her alternate life behind a hidden door, she begins to think that her real life isn't so bad. Evil lurks behind every corner as Coraline tries desperately to regain her "old" life.

Advertised for ages eight and up, Coraline is, for all intents and purposes, a horror book for kids. Scary, but without the gore.

And although I haven't interviewed any eight year olds on the matter, I suspect Gaiman largely succeeds in scaring the pee out of them. The alternate world Coraline stumbles into strangely mirrors her own, containing another set of parents who, despite their outward declarations of love and devotion, don't seem quite right. (Black buttons instead of eyes are a pretty big clue here.)

The alternate world Gaiman creates is quite well thought-out. And while the themes of the novella may not be original, the conveyance of it certainly is.

As rich as the plot is, however, there is something lacking in Coraline. We know she is a kind girl and even quite a smart girl. But that's about all we ever get to know. Ultimately, she's rather one-dimensional in a cardboard cutout sort of way. Perhaps this was by design, but I missed getting to know Coraline.

Hmmmmm. Here's the brutal truth: the thrill just wasn't happening for me. By no means is this an awful book. It won a Hugo Award, a Nebula Award, and the Bram Stroker Award.

I read it. I didn't hate it. But neither am I running out and buying copies for every kid I know. Maybe I missed something. It's been known to happen.

I do, however, have high hopes for the forthcoming film version.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(4 of 7 readers found this comment helpful)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060575915
Author:
Gaiman, Neil
Publisher:
HarperTrophy
Illustrator:
McKean, Dave
Author:
McKean, Dave
Author:
by Neil Gaiman
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Science Fiction
Subject:
Horror & Ghost Stories
Subject:
Supernatural
Subject:
Suspense/Thriller
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - Horror
Subject:
Children s All Ages - Fiction - Science Fiction
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Children's stories, English
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Children s-Scary Stories
Subject:
Family - Parents
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20040531
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.625 x 5.125 in 6.16 oz
Age Level:
12-17

Other books you might like

  1. Abarat Used Mass Market $3.50
  2. Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions...
    Used Mass Market $5.50
  3. The Thief Lord
    Used Hardcover $2.95
  4. Neverwhere
    Used Mass Market $4.50
  5. Varjak Paw
    Used Trade Paper $2.95
  6. Summerland
    Used Trade Paper $4.50

Related Subjects


Children's » Middle Readers » General
Children's » Scary Stories » General
Children's » Science Fiction and Fantasy » General
Fiction and Poetry » Science Fiction and Fantasy » A to Z

Coraline Used Mass Market
0 stars - 0 reviews
$4.95 In Stock
Product details 224 pages HarperTrophy - English 9780060575915 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Coraline and her parents have moved to a new flat. One rainy day, with her parents too busy to entertain her, Coraline takes her father's suggestion and begins exploring her new house from top to bottom. She discovers a curious, locked door in the drawing room, and when her mother unlocks it, they find a brick wall left over from the days when the house was divided into apartments. But after a night filled with shadows and strange noises, Coraline becomes convinced that there is more to the drawing-room door. The next time she unlocks it, she discovers an apartment on the other side — a skewed version of her own, complete with an "Other Mother" and an "Other Father," just like her own parents except for their shiny button eyes. Coraline thinks at first that she has found a place filled with everything that she could ever want — but quickly realizes that the dark world she has discovered is less substance and more shadow. When her "Other Mother" kidnaps Coraline's real parents, she must use all of her wits and the help of some friends to try to save them all.

"Staff Pick" by ,

Those of you who are tired of waiting for a new Harry Potter novel might do well to pick up this little gem. Young Coraline finds a secret passage that leads her to a living nightmare. This book is scary, but not too scary, a little creepy, and very funny. Kind of like a good old-fashioned ghost story or fairy tale. The wonderful illustrations by Dave McKean bring Gaiman's tale vividly to life.

"Staff Pick" by ,

Coraline and her parents have moved to a new flat. One rainy day, with her parents too busy to entertain her, Coraline takes her father's suggestion and begins exploring her new house from top to bottom. She discovers a curious, locked door in the drawing room, and when her mother unlocks it, they find a brick wall left over from the days when the house was divided into apartments. But after a night filled with shadows and strange noises, Coraline becomes convinced that there is more to the drawing-room door. The next time she unlocks it, she discovers an apartment on the other side — a skewed version of her own, complete with an "Other Mother" and an "Other Father," just like her own parents except for their shiny button eyes. Coraline thinks at first that she has found a place filled with everything that she could ever want — but quickly realizes that the dark world she has discovered is less substance and more shadow. When her "Other Mother" kidnaps Coraline's real parents, she must use all of her wits and the help of some friends to try to save them all.

"Staff Pick" by ,

Those of you who are tired of waiting for a new Harry Potter novel might do well to pick up this little gem. Young Coraline finds a secret passage that leads her to a living nightmare. This book is scary, but not too scary, a little creepy, and very funny. Kind of like a good old-fashioned ghost story or fairy tale. The wonderful illustrations by Dave McKean bring Gaiman's tale vividly to life.

"Review" by , "[Neil Gaiman] is, simply put, a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him in any medium."
"Review" by , "I think this book will nudge Alice in Wonderland out of its niche at last. It is the most splendidly original, weird, and frightening book I have read, and yet full of things children will love."
"Review" by , "This book will send a shiver down your spine, out through your toes, and into a taxi to the airport. It has the delicate horror of the finest fairy tales, and it is a masterpiece."
"Review" by , "This book tells a fascinating and disturbing story that frightened me nearly to death. Unless you want to find yourself hiding under your bed, with your thumb in your mouth, trembling with fear and making terrible noises, I suggest that you step very slowly away from this book and go find another source of amusement, such as investigating an unsolved crime or making a small animal out of yarn."
"Review" by , "Delicate and extraordinary, it reads like Alice in Wonderland crossed with Stephen King..."
"Review" by , "A modern ghost story with all the creepy trimmings....Well done."
"Review" by , "[M]agnificently creepy....[S]ome deliciously eerie descriptive writing. Not for the faint-hearted — who are mostly adults anyway — but for stouthearted kids who love a brush with the sinister: Coraline is spot on."
"Review" by , "By turns creepy and funny, bittersweet and playful...can be read quickly and enjoyed deeply."
"Review" by , "[A]n electrifyingly creepy tale likely to haunt young readers for many moons....Gaiman twines his taught tale with a menacing tone and crisp prose fraught with memorable imagery..."
"Review" by , "Not since Narnia has the simple act of opening a door unlocked such a fantastic journey. And not since Alice tumbled down the rabbit hole has that journey been so splendidly strange and frightening."
"Review" by , "Inventive, scary, thrilling, and finally affirmative. Readers young and old will find something to startle them."
"Review" by , "Beautifully spooky. Gaiman actually seems to understand the way children think."
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.