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.