Neil Gaiman – The Ocean At The End Of The Lane

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Neil Gaiman – The Ocean At The End Of The LaneThe Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Published by Hachette UK on 2013-06-18
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, General
Pages: 143
four-half-stars

WINNER OF THE SPECSAVERS NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS 2013 BOOK OF THE YEAR Dive into a magical novel of memory and the adventure of childhood, from one of the brightest, most brilliant writers of our generation. 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. 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.

This was a really fun read, although it was aimed more at teenagers and I was expecting something more adult, the only other Neil Gaiman book I’ve read was his collaboration with Terry Pratchett, Good Omens.

The story is a dark one, with death, suicide, witches and a portal to another world, told through the eyes of a 40 year old recollecting his child hood at the age of 7.

This would definitely make an amazing Tim Burton animation, but an even better R rated Clive Barker horror!

four-half-stars