When I was going through my list of to-read books, I found Coraline and decided I wanted it to be my first read for the year, thinking I could not go wrong with it because I've never been disappointed by a Neil Gaiman piece. I was right. Coraline is the story of a little girl who found another world, a replica of her house and its surroundings, behind a door she found from one of her explorations. It was a world so similar to hers, yet so different. Her parents were also there, but they had pale complexions and black buttons where their eyes should have been.
I liked this novel immensely because 1. it was short enough not to drag but long enough to hook a reader and finish a story of an adventure, 2. it was simply, but masterfully, told, 3. it was creepy and imaginative--I was a willing prisoner until the very last page.
I understand now why this book has been called by some as the new Alice in Wonderland. Also, I think I have a new favorite author.