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.

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