Title: The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Author: Neil Gaiman
Release Date: June 18, 2013
Publisher: William Morrow
Rating: 4 out of 5
A man has returned to his childhood town and wanders down the lane to the Hempstock house—a house that he’s forgotten about. But once he enters the property, he remembers a fantastical experience from his childhood, when monsters were real and they were out to get him; eleven-year-old Lettie Hempstock, her mother, and grandmother were prepared to sacrifice everything from the evil that had invaded his home.
Neil Gaiman is one of the most celebrated authors of our time; that much is undisputed. His most recent novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, is a slip of a book, barely longer than a novella. But packed within its pages is a story of true monsters. The unnamed narrator is pulled back to his childhood, lost in the memories he’d thought he’d forgotten as he tells the story of how he came to know the Hempstock women. It’s a smartly written fantasy, full of scary creatures and references to classic mythology. Readers will appreciate the powers of these strong and confident women as they work to protect the narrator from the creatures that surround him; in the end, it’s a story of love and sacrifice that’s easy to read and enjoy.
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