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Book review: The Ocean At The End Of The Lane

And here she is again, way too late, with lot of excuses that I am not even gonna name any more xD

ANYWHOO I did finish a few books this (oh wait, it’s already May, in that case: past) month.. Making Money (yay Discworld!), American Gods, Shadow and Bone, and of course The Ocean At The End Of The Lane. It was recommended after I’d read American Gods, and since it’s a 40 minute bike ride from my boyfriend’s home to work (and back), I decided on the audiobook version.

Title: The Ocean At The End of The Lane

Author: Neil Gaiman

Goodreads Link / Book Depository

16078221

Summary:Β When a middle-aged man returns to his old home after attending a funeral, he comes by the farm of his old friend, Lettie Hempstock. She lived there with her mother and grandmother, and when the man sits down by the pond, he starts to remember things. The man, who committed suicide in a stolen car, 40 years ago. The new babysitter for him and his sister, who turned out to be even worse than he thought. All the strange things that happened to him when he was just a small boy, and he remembers it all.

I listened to this book as an audiobook, which is really recommended, since it’s read by Neil Gaiman himself. He knows the story best, he knows how to tell it, and it’s absolutely fantastic.

At first, I thought this would be a children’s book, since it’s about a small boy, and a friend at a farm. But soon enough, I discovered that it was a book for adults, too. The way Gaiman talks about the childhood of the boy, the things that happen to him, all through his eyes, but still kept me on the edge of my seat. I found myself wondering what would happen, who Lettie Hempstock actually was, and why she called the little pond an ocean.

Gaiman is an excellent writer, the story is beautiful, but also creepy. It’s mesmerizing, and I couldn’t stop reading. It’s a fantasy book, which I’m already a huge fan of, but the way it’s told is so different from anything else I’ve read, I can’t put my finger on it exactly.

If you’re looking for a good book to discover Neil Gaiman with, I’d definitely recommend this one. I read American Gods too (which I’ll review later… hopefully ^^; ), but that book is 600 pages. For me, that was the introduction but if you’d rather start with a short story, this one is perfect.

I definitely plan on reading more of his books, and I’m curious for the book he wrote together with Terry Pratchett: Good Omens. I’ll of course try to update you all on it πŸ™‚

-Luci


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