Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The Ocean At The End Of The Lane

Author: Neil Gaiman

Genre: Adult, YA, Science Fiction & Fantasy

Published Date: June18, 2013 William Morrow Books

Format: Hardcover

Source: Library



Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn't thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she'd claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what.

A groundbreaking work from a master, The Ocean at the End of the Laneis told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human, and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out. It is a stirring, terrifying, and elegiac fable as delicate as a butterfly's wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark.

My Thoughts

I absolutely loved loved loved and enjoyed The Ocean At The End Of The Lane. I really loved everything about it, the plot, the characters, Mr Gaiman magical writing style and the fantastic world he created in this amazing book. My favorite part reading this book was the magical world and the creatures of the world. It truly was a fantastical and intriguing world especially the monsters aka the flea's. They were totally creepy and really intriguing. I just could not put this book down that I actually read it in one setting. I really don't want to say too much details about this book. Because I don't want to spoil it for anybody. But it starts at right in the beginning of the book. A middle aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. While he was driving to go too the funeral he decided to drive through his childhood house even though the house is not there anymore. But he was drawn to the farm at the end of the road where when he was seven he encountered a remarkable girl name Lettie Hempstock and her mom & gran. He really doesn't remember or thought about Lettie in decades. But when he goes and visits and sits by the pond that Lettie claim was an ocean. All off a sudden all of his memories comes back full force. And ohh boy what an adventurous memories it was! And this is where I am going to leave it off at. I highly recommend this fantastic book too everybody. I can't wait to continue and read more book by Neil Gaiman because I absolutely love love love his magical writing style and the magical worlds he creates in his books. Until Next Time My Friends!

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About The Author

Neil Gaiman was born in Hampshire, UK, and now lives in the United States near Minneapolis. As a child he discovered his love of books, reading, and stories, devouring the works of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, James Branch Cabell, Edgar Allan Poe, Michael Moorcock, Ursula K. LeGuin, Gene Wolfe, and G.K. Chesterton. A self-described "feral child who was raised in libraries," Gaiman credits librarians with fostering a life-long love of reading: "I wouldn't be who I am without libraries. I was the sort of kid who devoured books, and my happiest times as a boy were when I persuaded my parents to drop me off in the local library on their way to work, and I spent the day there. I discovered that librarians actually want to help you: they taught me about interlibrary loans."

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