The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Ocean_at_the_End_of_the_Lane_US_CoverI liked myths. They weren’t adult stories and they weren’t children’s stories. They were better than that. They just were.

What this is about: When a man returns to his family home, he is caught up by memories of a period in his childhood when his family was threatened by a dark force but saved by the ageless girl who lived down the lane.

What I liked about it: Neil Gaiman provides some beautiful imagery in this slight novel. His imagination is unique, and it is a pleasure to fill my mind’s eye with his bizarre creations. This could almost be a children’s book, except for some brief adult content, and one very frightening scene. To me, though, it reads like a children’s fable.

Gaiman started out writing this book for his wife and intended it to be a novella. I think it still is a novella, for all intents and purposes, so keep that in mind when shelling out the $10 asking price (at least for the Kindle). Some of the events were drawn from memories of Gaiman’s childhood. All in all, this is a very childhood-nostalgic book.

You might like this book if: you enjoy fairy tales, myths or young adult fiction; you like magical real-world fantasy like Among Others by Jo Walton or Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury.

One thought on “The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

  1. Drownng, car theft and suicide–ooo yes, every childhood should have at least a one of these events. Hmm. Not sure. Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

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