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Neil Gaiman is a story-teller like no other,
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To call the latest poetic work of Neil Gaiman a piece of Fantasy would be an underestimation. It is more than fantasy, it is magic in the truest form, the magic of the word, and the magic of story-telling. Magic is not some weird hoax. It follows the rules the same like our mother Nature does, and in that it is natural in itself. Magic is the application of inherent imagination on a definable and comprehensible and explicable reality. In that, magic is the most important tool of a story-teller, it is a key to open the chest of our own imagination and find the treasure therein. And the keys that Gaiman uses have the power to unlock even the most stubborn lock.
It is the eyes of a young girl that tell the story, and yet it is the somewhat distorting point of view of the narrator that turns our perception upside down. Thus, the story becomes a piece of the fantastic, not of fantasy. The reader follows the plot with a feeling of disturbing fright, for the loss of reality leaves only horror.
True, it may seem a very macabre sort of imagination that Gaiman evolves in "Coraline", and we may wonder if a little girl could really imagine a world so dark, so frightening and disturbing. But what remains is the intense magic of a story-teller who can turn little buttons into the most horrible eyes you have ever encountered.
If this really is a children's book, and if it is to compete with Lewis Caroll, I am not the judge off. But I can tell you, dear reader, this is a piece of imagination like no other. It is better than Sandman in that it does not dwell on violence, hatred or brutality. It is better than Neverwhere, for it has a finale that will leave goosepimples on your arms, neck, back. It is better than American Gods because it takes on a rather simple way of story-telling. And in this simplicity lies the secret: Gaiman has found - like many others before him - the most simple ways into the most complex of humanity's treasures.