I like Neil Gaiman quite a bit, though I found American Gods, which is very well received critically, to be vastly overrated. As a story, it was fine, but just not top 10 of any lists that I would create. For some reason, Gaiman feels a bit derivative of classic Clive Barker. I don't have any real comparisons leaping to mind, but what I've read of Gaiman feels a bit like it's been done before. Don't get me wrong. I loved Neverwhere in many ways. I didn't particulary care for American Gods though everyone else loved it. So, I picked up Coraline.
Alright. This is cool. I loved Coraline. It's not one of the first books a lot of people associate to Gaiman, but even though this still felt a bit of a take on themes I've seen before, I really enjoyed it. Good nasties, intrepid girly hero, and a cool as a cucumber cat.