It was a happy accident the day I came upon Neil Gaiman. I was browsing around Waterstones looking for that 3rd book, as Waterstones always has a 3 for 2 deals on. I have always liked authors such as Edgar Allen Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, and Ray Bradbury and Neil Gaiman’s book Fragile Things was on the table mixed with such authors. The main reason I was drawn to it was the sticker on the cover that said “3 for 2.” Also the cover was really cool. I know I’m not to judge a book by its cover, but being somewhat of an artist myself I can’t help but admire book cover art. Hey I think I have a new calling….
This title Coraline was written for ages 9-12 and being only 192 pages I was able to finish it in less then a day. When I first read Gaiman’s work I was unsure how I felt about him. Now I know that he will eventually be talked about like the authors I mentioned above. Coraline was an engaging read. I also enjoyed how it was short and to the point. Sometimes authors get to windy and babble too much about things that don’t have any relevance to the story. It has Alice in Wonderland qualities about an alternate world where you learn that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.