Book Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman

The Ocean at the End of the Lane coverTitle: The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Author: Neil Gaiman
ISBN: 9780062255655
Pages: 192
Release Date: June 18, 2013
Publisher: William Morrow
Genre: Fantasy
Source: Publisher
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.

Snapshot Review:

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.

Other books by Neil Gaiman:

American Gods

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  1. Beth Hoffman says:

    In my entire life I’ve only read a handful of fantasy books, but I read this one and really enjoyed it.

  2. I listened to this on audio and really liked it. Neil Gaiman is a great narrator. He is still not my favourite fantasy author ever, but he can write a good story.

  3. I found that while it was a very short book, when it came to writing a review I just couldn’t come up with anything good enough. I guess it happens with writers like Gaiman.

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