Title: The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Author: Neil Gaiman
Publisher: William Morrow 2013
Rating: 5/5 stars
Reading Challenges: Mount TBR; Popsugar - Someone I admire
A brilliantly imaginative and poignant fairy tale from the modern master of wonder and terror, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is Neil Gaiman’s first new novel for adults since his #1 New York Times bestseller Anansi Boys.
This bewitching and harrowing tale of mystery and survival, and memory and magic, makes the impossible all too real...
I first read and reviewed this novel in September 2013. Upon rereading my review, I think everything I said still holds true so I am going to reprint it here today. "I love how all of Gaiman's books and stories start out fairly normal. You think you're in the world we know. But then, a few pages or a few chapters in, something happens that is not normal. Something appears to throw off our balance. And we find ourselves in a world not quite like ours. This story is no exception. The first chapter lulls you into a sense of normalcy and then bam! you're thrown into something completely different. I loved this little novel about a boy's adventures with "other" things. Since it is told in flashback, I can even imagine the man sitting beside the pond recollecting long forgotten memories of childhood. It's such a peaceful and yet disturbing moment. And as with all Gaiman stories, I could not predict the ending. I had no idea what was going to happen. That made the story all the more fascinating and engaging. Overall, a short but powerful piece.
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