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The Ocean at the End of the Lane

By Neil Gaiman


ISBN: 9780062255662

Pages: 181

Publisher: William Morrow

Date Reviewed: September 17, 2014




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A chilling fantasy which takes your world and turns it upside down. A middle-aged man returns home for a funeral and begins to remember parts of his repressed past. He hasn't thought of his childhood friend Lettie in years and in thinking about her, he unlocks a floodgate of memories which are better forgotten.

Memories of evil, monsters, and certain death. Memories that no one has except him and a friend at the end of the lane.

Gaiman's prose is completely mesmerizing and haunting. He takes the reader by the hand, walks them slowly to the edge of the book and shoves you right in.

This book stays with you long after you put it down for the night. If you only read one book this year, make it this one.

This book is intended for adults as it contains (although very limited) graphic material inappropriate for children.



"That's the trouble with living things. Don't last very long. Kittens one day, old cats the next. And then just memories. And the memories fade and blend and smudge together."


"Adults follow paths. Children explore. Adults are content to walk the same way, hundreds of times, or thousands; perhaps it never occurs to adults to step off the paths, to creep beneath rhododendrons, to find the spaces between fences. I was a child, which meant that I knew a dozen different ways of getting out of our property and into the lane, ways that would not involve walking down our drive."

About the Author - Neil Gaiman


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Neil Gaiman is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Neverwhere (1995), Stardust (1999), the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning American Gods (2001), Anansi Boys (2005), and Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett, 1990), as well as the short story collections Smoke and Mirrors (1998) and Fragile Things (2006).


In my spare time I read and sleep and eat and try to keep the blog at more or less up to date.



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