Review: THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE by Neil Gaiman

THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE
by Neil Gaiman

06/18/13
ISBN-13: 978-0062255655
Publisher: William Morrow
Pages: 192
Amazon, B&N, Goodreads
Source: AUDIBLE
Rating: ♥♥♥♥


THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE is a fable that reshapes modern fantasy: moving, terrifying and elegiac - as pure as a dream, as delicate as a butterfly's wing, as dangerous as a knife in the dark, from storytelling genius Neil Gaiman. 

It began for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Dark creatures from beyond the world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive: there is primal horror here, and menace unleashed - within his family and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it.

His only defense is three women, on a farm at the end of the lane. The youngest of them claims that her duckpond is an ocean. The oldest can remember the Big Bang.

My Thoughts

THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE by Neil Gaiman is pure reading bliss. He has spun magic with his words and created a tiny masterpiece of brilliant story telling about terrifying creatures, mystical beings and a young boy that becomes ensnared between their worlds.

It only took a few pages but I found myself immediately entranced with the brilliant story telling that only Neil Gaiman could create. This tale begins in the present but seamlessly weaves into the past when a walk down the lane brings forth childhood memories; a pond, a girl named Lettie Hempstock and home. Those childhood reflections seem benign enough but not for long as a this story soon takes on a sinister turn as our narrator unknowingly becomes embroiled with a dark and terrifying evil.

Gah!!! I have to admit that this book gave me the series creeps. The moments with this monster is so frightening that I could not shake the feeling of fear and danger from my bones and had to compose myself to move forward..."it is just a book...it is just a book". Yet, I could feel the fingers of dread reach for me long after I was finished. Neil Gaiman created a wonderfully twisted little tale filled with darkness, mayhem and unease yet strangely enough it is comforting, heartwarming and magical. It was a true pleasure to read and I am forever thankful for it.

THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE is great read for adults and teens alike. It is a bit on the dark side but it is beyond entertaining and I highly recommend listening to it because Neil Gaiman himself narrates it and to listen to him perform all the voices is a real treat.
 

At the end of that lane there was a pond but Lettie Hempstock would tell you it was an ocean.

5 comments:

  1. I absolutely loved this one, too! Great review!

    xo,
    RJ

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  2. I seriously need to get my hands on a copy of this...

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  3. Indeed, I was very impressed. For me, this work is, without doubt, first-rate fantasy and escapist fiction...and very fine literature, as well. It delivers a highly imaginative, fabulous and fascinating fable that envelops, and attempts to explain, everything in the space-time continuum. Yes, it's that ambitious! It had me hooked from the first to the last page. Simply put: it is an incredible gem of a novel.

    Irene (Renton's River Adventures, Inc.)

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  4. Ocean at the End of the Lane captures the sense of wonder and terror of childhood when magic is real and champions look like 11 year old girls. I particularly enjoy the author's restraint in explaining exactly what everything is so that there is some mystery left behind the wonders. Short but sweet.
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