My first month participating in RAK, hosted by Book Soulmates, is over! What fun it is to give people books!
The First Days (As the World Dies: A Zombie Trilogy, #1), by Rhiannon Frater (to Kelsey at Kelsey’s Cluttered Bookshelf)
Pandemonium (Delirium, #2), by Lauren Oliver (to Michele at Just a Lil Lost)
One last RAK made this month — today, actually — to someone who’s NOT on the RAK list. Jac, over at For Love and Books, was updating her blog to a new design and was on the fence with her blog header, so I took a little time to make one up for her! I love playing around in graphic design, so it was nice to put my (limited) skills to good use!
Released: July 1, 2008 (HarperCollins)
Author Links (Neil): WEB / TWITTER / GOODREADS / FACEBOOK
Author Links (Russell): WEB / TWITTER / GOODREADS
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Coraline’s often wondered what’s behind the locked door in the drawing room. It reveals only a brick wall when she finally opens it, but when she tries again later, a passageway mysteriously appears. Coraline is surprised to find a flat decorated exactly like her own, but strangely different. And when she finds her “other” parents in this alternate world, they are much more interesting despite their creepy black button eyes. When they make it clear, however, that they want to make her theirs forever, Coraline begins a nightmarish game to rescue her real parents and three children imprisoned in a mirror. With only a bored-through stone and an aloof cat to help, Coraline confronts this harrowing task of escaping these monstrous creatures.
Gaiman has delivered a wonderfully chilling novel, subtle yet intense on many levels. The line between pleasant and horrible is often blurred until what’s what becomes suddenly clear, and like Coraline, we resist leaving this strange world until we’re hooked. Unnerving drawings also cast a dark shadow over the book’s eerie atmosphere, which is only heightened by simple, hair-raising text. Coraline is otherworldly storytelling at its best.
There’s no question about it, I must like Coraline, right? Not only have I read the book, I’ve also listened to the audiobook, watched the movie, and have now read P. Craig Russell’s adaptation in the form of a graphic novel. I was hesitant at first. I mean, obviously, I love the book and would hate to see it ruined in any way. Lucky for me (and for the story, of course), Russell stays true to the story and gives fans of Neil Gaiman a great adaptation to the wonderful story. Continue reading
This week is Audiobook Week, hosted by Jen at Devourer of Books. Bloggers are encouraged to participate using the discussion topics on Jen’s blog. I hope to encourage more readers to listen to audiobooks — not as a replacement for books, but as a way to enhance your reading, or as a way to show readers how they can read more.
Today’s discussion: Where do you learn about great audiobook titles? Find reviews? Buy your audiobooks? Share your secrets with the rest of us!
I’ve already admitted that I’m so new to the experience of audiobooks. Really, I do a lot of searching online in my local library’s database. They have a huge selection of audiobook titles to choose from! So many, that I ended up going out and buying a discman, just so I could listen to audiobooks at home, instead of just in the car (since they come on discs at the library). Continue reading