Release Day 5bat! Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

June 18, 2013 Review 2 ★★★★★

Release Day 5bat! Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil GaimanThe Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by William Morrow on June 18th, 2013
Pages: 178
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
Reviewed by: Chris
5 Stars
A brilliantly imaginative and poignant fairy tale from the modern master of wonder and terror, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is Neil Gaiman’s first new novel for adults since his #1 New York Times bestseller Anansi Boys.

This bewitching and harrowing tale of mystery and survival, and memory and magic, makes the impossible all too real...

THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE is a gorgeous book. From the perfect cover to the very last page Gaiman depicts a lush story about agelessness, childhood fears and memory.

We meet our intrepid protagonist driving towards his childhood home after leaving a funeral. He isn't driving anywhere in particular and after a bit he finds himself driving down an old country lane to a house he vaguely remembers. At the Hempstock Farm old memories begin to surface.

During his childhood his family's car is stolen and a man commits suicide in it not far from his home. This unleashes a darkness and our narrator (whose name we never learn) soon finds himself involved with the Hempstocks in trying to contain it. He quickly finds himself becoming friends with the youngest Hempstock - an eleven year old named Lettie.

Lettie and our narrator begin to investigate what got out when the thief committed suicide and it quickly becomes clear to the both of them that there is now something out there that does not belong in our world.

Gaiman does a masterful job of giving the novel a distinctly growing sense of horror as the forces unleashed begin to wreak havoc on the narrator's life. What's even more impressive is the masterful job Gaiman does of never letting this feel like a young adult novel even when the two main characters are both under the age of twelve.

This is an extremely emotional novel and an extremely hard one to review as to give away any more of the plot than I already have would, in my opinion, kill the enjoyment of reading THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE. This is a book to take out on the porch and savor and I can't wait till I have time to read it again.

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2 Responses to “Release Day 5bat! Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman”

  1. Bibliotropic

    I’ve been hearing from a lot of reviewers that it’s a difficult book to talk about because of spoilers that may ruin not just the plot but the actual enjoyment of reading the book. I haven’t read this one yet myself, but everything I hear makes me think that I really need to! Great review!

    • Chris

      I agree with other reviewers that have stated you absolutely do not want to read any spoilers before giving this book a try. You definitely want to go in to this book fresh. :-)

      Glad you liked the review!