The Ocean At The End Of The Lane: A Novel by Neil GaimanThe Ocean At The End Of The Lane: A Novel by Neil Gaiman

The Ocean At The End Of The Lane: A Novel

byNeil Gaiman

Paperback | June 3, 2014

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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...

Neil Gaiman is the #1New York Timesbestselling author of more than twenty books, and is the recipient of numerous literary honors. Originally from England, he now lives in America.
Title:The Ocean At The End Of The Lane: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.47 inPublished:June 3, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062255665

ISBN - 13:9780062255662


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very good writing, not for me I can appreciate that this book has some very good writing (it is my first Neil Gaiman), however it was a bit too abstract for me. Nevertheless, I was pulled into the story by the excellent writing and wanted to see how it ended, so if you are a fan of fantasy, I think this would be an excellent book to devour in an afternoon!
Date published: 2018-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book! This is the first book that I've read from Neil Gaiman and it won't be the last! Full of memorable characters and an enchanting and moving story line.
Date published: 2018-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW I loved this book. My first Neil Gaiman experience and I want to read much more.
Date published: 2018-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bizarre & Brilliant The Ocean At The End Of The Lane was a unique and fun read. I loved the setting and the Hempstock ladies were pretty awesome. And I love how he ended this book. Amazing!
Date published: 2018-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Weird, I love it This is the first book I read by Neil Gaiman, and it got me to love the author!
Date published: 2018-07-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not my cup of tea I think I could use some Cliff notes for this one. Too much symbolism and myth for my taste. I agree with other critiques that the writing is good, but it seemed like a blend of Alice in Wonderland, Narnia, Where the Wild Things Are, and so many other fantastical children's books. Unless you love weird fantasy, don't buy this one!
Date published: 2018-06-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was ok. I wanted to love this book and while the story and the pace were good I just didn't like the main character. I found him boring and not that likable.
Date published: 2018-06-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lovely! This is a great blend of mythology and realism, with some very interesting insights into childhood.
Date published: 2018-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book When I first saw the cover and the blurb I wasn't expecting much but it turned out to be a great book!
Date published: 2018-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Judged this by its cover I definitely bought this book because of the cover - I thought it was super cool. And was pleasantly surprised I did. It was really addicting and I read it in one day. I thought the story was really interesting and original and it lead me to reading more of Gaiman's novels.
Date published: 2018-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Read this in one sitting I wasn't sure what to expect when my friend recommended this book to me, but it was beautiful. I loved the magic and captivating story-telling.
Date published: 2018-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth Your Time This book is a book that can be easily devoured in one sitting. The concept is a simple one, a story about a man remembering his childhood. But, the events within the pages are unpredictable, and the setting is unexpectedly magical. The story is short, so if you're someone with a "Books Read in 2018" target, this is a book that could easily tick one off your list.
Date published: 2018-02-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good book. This is a good book. Well written, great plot. Neil Gaiman is a fantastic author.
Date published: 2018-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of Gaiman's best Fantastic read that -as always with Gaiman- set's up a wonderful world but let's you fill in many of the blanks. Would recommend to anyone looking for a solid fantasy novel grounded in real life with a little bit of a dark undercurrent.
Date published: 2018-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kind of scary! Bottom line: I loved this book. It is sweet, engaging and well-written without being overly wordy. That said, heads-up--the images in this fantasy will stay with you for a while. Scary! But in a good way.
Date published: 2018-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Finding your way Another brilliant story from Gaiman about finding your way, as both an adult and a child, even when faced with the ultimate issue "Death". A bit much to wrap my head around when I was younger (and considering that it is aimed towards the young adult/ teen I gave it one less star because of this) but I currently re-read it and discovered the many intricacies that had stopped me the first time - if you can wrap your head around the fantastical elements it's a great read.
Date published: 2018-01-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Couldn't finish it Found it too confusing to finish
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic Gaiman This felt, more than anything, like a walk through Gaiman's greatest hits. You have the fantasting coming of age story (Stardust), the analysis of childhood innocence through adult eyes (Mr. Punch), the terrifying childhood monster (Coraline), and the balance between myth and reality (Sandman, Neverwhere). That is by no means a knock against the story - it's a fun read - but rather an acknowledgement that he's treading familiar ground. If you're a fan of his other stuff this is definitely a worthwhile read.
Date published: 2017-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing Worth it. Very interesting and happy to have it in my library.
Date published: 2017-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Short but Impactful Beautifully written book and interesting story that you won't want to put down
Date published: 2017-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning Hauntingly sad and beautiful. This story is poignant, intriguing,and artfully paced.
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Strange, To Say The Least Not much about this book made one bit of sense to me. As always, Neil Gaiman's writing style is nothing short of beautiful - the words seem to rise from the page, captivating you from the very start, which is the only saving grace that kept me from DNFing this book or giving it a lower rating. The plot - or what passes as a plot - didn't enthrall me as I'd hoped, as it simply made no sense. There is a mysterious emphasis on a pond that a girl calls an "ocean"; a father who has numerous issues; and the strangest sense of a world within a world. And surrounding this, the unknown person's funeral which opens and closes the book. I have so many questions coming out of this novel, and I don't feel that any of them were answered. There are too many loose ends for me to honestly say I enjoyed the book.
Date published: 2017-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating I read the whole thing in one sitting. Very good.
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok caught my attention almost immediately and I could not put it down. Great read
Date published: 2017-10-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good I didn't know what was happening for the first 30 pages...I thought "where the heck is this going?!".
Date published: 2017-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Beautiful and dream-like, I love Neil Gaiman's writing style.
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love it Neil Gaiman is an great writer and storyteller. In this book you meet a young boy who discover his mysterious neighbours. He lives a normal life, but everything changes when a new nanny comes along. A great book!
Date published: 2017-08-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Hmm.. I’m not really sure what to make of this. The fantastical elements were fun, but the book was just too short to grab my attention. I can appreciate the theme of children perceiving things differently than adults and the figures of evil throughout. Otherwise, there wasn’t much that I enjoyed about the book.
Date published: 2017-08-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I have no idea Jeez, I don't know. This book was weird. It was so incredibly weird and nothing at all was explained. Nothing. It was exciting for sure, and suuuuuper creepy. And I couldn't put it down while I was reading it. But I feel like it had zero purpose. So when I finished it, I was just super disappointed.
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! One of those books you can't put down once you start reading. Truly a fascination read! Definitely my favorite from the author!
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from very different It's quite difficult to review this book. A different kind of fable I had not read before. Although the book tells us a story of a seven-year-old child, it's written beautifully. I would not say it is a mind blowing story but there were phrases which were quite unique. The perspective of being an adult, the way a child sees the world, the way evil enters in our mind and body, like a worm sneaking through our skin, and they way others help, showing there is still humanity left in this world. And at times I decided not to continue because the story was so unrealistic but it was written so nicely that it made me kept going all the way to the end. A very nice read! ***FOUR STARS!***
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite Sci-Fi A short story from a boy's perspective. Fascinating.
Date published: 2017-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spellbinding! I was completely fascinated by this story from beginning to end, and totally fell in love with the Hempstock family. There's a good chance I'll read this a second time!
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it I read this book in one sitting it was so good. A cute imaginative story that uses a little boys imagination to really set up the story.
Date published: 2017-06-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Spellbinding Tale This book is proof that longer doesn't necessarily mean better. I really enjoyed this book. It's bewitching, spooky, and magical, and I was utterly intrigued by the Hempstock family. I finished the book with a sense of "what just happened" and have been trying to piece it all together. Yet I believe it's Gaiman's intention to have you thinking about it long after the final page.
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Immersive! This is a really immersive book. Its my first Neil Gaiman book, and its now pushed me to read his other titles.
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay This was good although I wasn't blown away by it like most people.
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from First Gaiman This was my first Neil Gaiman book and it didn't disappoint. I was hooked right away. It is a creepy, odd, and magical story to escape to. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful It's a nice read, with a bittersweet feeling to it.
Date published: 2017-05-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from He never fails to amaze I loved the imagery of the book and how Gaiman never fails to open up a story and brings out everything that's promised and more. The story has a spooky yet nostalgic feel to it and it's definitely one to read at night with a cup of tea beside you.
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This is great! My first Gaiman read. Great writing! It really wraps you up right away. Hard to put down.
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite books This was the first book I read by Gaiman and now he's one of my favourite authors. This book completely wraps you up in the story so it's really hard to put down. Please give this book a try, you won't regret it! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from On the edge of your seat book! This book is very fast pasted and a thriller. Almost , I would say on the border of being a horror read. Typical Neil Gaiman fashion. Not your average story teller, by any means.
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read this Book! An obvious addition to my "must re-read annually " collection. There is a satisfying depth here, that is all the more satisfying in it's paradoxes. This is a story about a grown up (who is not a grown up), reliving a fantastical childhood adventure (which both happened as he remembers, as well as how he doesn't) that includes among other things: reality warping women, remembered truths that feel universal, and ofcourse a bucket full of ocean. My copy of the Ocean at the End of the Lane also included an interview of Gaiman conducted by Joe Hill. There couldn't have been a better way to cement this book solidly in my favorites. Read this book. It's one that stays with you, makes you think, and confronts your perceptions of reality itself. What more could you ask from a book?
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible! Absolutely loved this story. Could not put down!!
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book This was a fun, easy read. Creative and original story.
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Hmmmm... I may be one of the few here who did not love this book. It did not wow me. I personally would not recommend.
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Gaiman is amazing as usual. The story starts off a little slow but turns excellent. Easy read too
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Scary and beautiful Lovely story, left me feeling full of hope.
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Creepy and Sweet If it's possible to be both creepy and sweet, this book nailed it. It brings you back to simpler times, comforts of home, and the terror of childhood that as adults we pretend is make-believe. Really enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Another excellent Gaiman story. Beautiful and amazing
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it It took me a while to initially start reading this book - the first chapter didn't immediately grasp my attention so I sadly have to admit that I put it down for several months before picking it back up again - and I'm so glad I did. I never read the synopsis but have regularly enjoyed Gaiman's stories. It's easy to read, the perfect length and quite magical. It really captured the feeling of being a child again. It is at times chilling, heartwarming, and just a great short story. (Also if you have the version with the interview at the end that was an awesome addition!)
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read As per usual, another excellent Neil Gaiman novel. Very captivating and quick read.
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from #plumreview Equally comforting and creepy to read, this is easily Gaiman's most poignant work so far!
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite books After reading The Sandman series by Neil Gaiman, I was hooked on his writing. When I bought "The Ocean at the End of the Lane", I could not put it down. I finished it too soon; unable to savour it. It is more of a novella than a full-fledged book, given how short it is. But it is a very complete story and one everyone should read. My mom, who typically does not read much fantasy, even enjoyed it. It was in my top 3 favourite books of 2016.
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved this Such great little book. So different and rich in imagery and fun too read. Delightfully odd.
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic Read I loved this book and wish there was more or a second book.....
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Both creepy and lovely I was creeped out by parts... too many memories of childhood nightmares! But also a lovely little book, beautifully written. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Incredible Story This novel started out a little slow for me but then it really took off. I loved how imaginative the plot was and how beautifully it was written. I will definitely be reading more Neil Gaiman novels.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Good Book! It wasn't bad at all, I did enjoy being in the child's point of view, but after reading a lot of fantasy books... this is only a 6.5 / 10.. but it's worth reading and worth recommending.
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ocean at the End of the Lane All of Gaiman's books are masterpieces, but this one is without doubt one of my favourites. A book for adult starring a child, where magic meets everyday life and lots of questions lurk at the edges of the mind. A masterpiece, to read absolutely.
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing, audio book is a joy as well Appears at first glance as a very simple story but is very deep and full of mythology and poignancy. I read it first and and listened to Neil Gaiman reading the audio version which brought out the best of the poignant moments, I would totally recommend doing the same.
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Enchanting Story from Neil Gaiman Read this in a day and thoroughly enjoyed it. I can't remember ever wanting to put down a novel to write down quotes (nonfiction, yes, fiction, no) but I did a couple of times with this story because there were lines that were just too impactful to forget. Gaiman does a masterful job using a child's perspective to reach into the adult mind and make you remember things from your own childhood you may have forgotten, just like the protaganist.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so, so beautiful this book is heartbreakingly beautiful. Neil Gaiman has written more complex and more clever and scarier and funnier books, but this is his most emotional and lovely by far.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantasy, Love and Loss This story was so intricate, creepy and beautiful all at once. I wish it were a series! The only thing I would change would be the back cover's description of the book, as it does not captivate a potential reader as much as it should. I would never have suspected what beautiful fantasy lies within it, had it not been gifted to me.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magical, fantastical, beautifully written, poignant... I'm not sure what I was expecting to read when I picked up this book, but it certainly wasn't the story I absolutely devoured. The story reminded me of A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle; magical, fantastical, beautifully written, poignant... a wonderful commentary on childhood and imagination. I've never identified so completely with a protagonist who wasn't even given a name.
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good halloween read This novel feels a little more grounded in reality than Gaiman's longer works, but is still a creepy, one-tick-to-the-left kind of story. A fun halloween read that will stay in your head after you close the book.
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I dont know I don't know what I actually think of this book. I like the other books I've read by Neil Gaiman, but those were Coraline and The Graveyard Boy, both odd in their own right but I know I liked them. This one, I just don't know
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Disturbingly Beautiful. The writing, this story was beautiful. It both disturbed me, interested me, and entralled me. I will definitely read more of Neil Gaiman's works because for the moments I was gripped between the pages of this novel, I was possessed by a world of that had me riveted. Love! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good quick read This is the first book that I've read by Neil Gaiman. It was good fantasy, wasn't too long though and I'll probably look up his other books. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyed it I've read a couple of Neil Gaiman's book and while this isn't my favourite of his it's definitely still worth a read.
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Neil Gaiman, a master of his craft If you are a Neil Gaiman fan, this will not disappoint. Looking forward to reading this story again, just like I do with my other Neil Gaiman books.
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another great Neil Gaiman book This was the third book I ever read by Neil Gaiman and he does not disappoint. The things that seem so easy to believe when we are children become impossible to believe when we are adults. Gaiman's main character returns to the place where he grew up and remembers things from his childhood that he had long since forgotten.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Great book. I definitely recommend reading this
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent This is amazing. Read it!
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good! My favourite Neil Gaiman. :)
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not a fan This book was very confusing. This is not one of Neil's best books #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A perfect place to start This is by far my favourite Neil Gaiman. If you're interested in starting to read his books but you're not sure where to begin, Ocean is the perfect introduction to an amazing author
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully written This is my 3rd book of Neil Gaiman and I love his writing. The story and the characters drew me in and couldn't stop reading it. Beautiful book and a wonderful introduction to this authori
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved every page! This was my first time reading Gaiman and he is now one of my favorite writers. Couldn't stop reading this book, it had me hooked right away. Gaiman has such a way of creating magical worlds and making them seem real.
Date published: 2016-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! This is the first book I've read by Gaiman and it was a brilliant read! The story was captivating and I couldn't put it down. Definitely recommend this book!
Date published: 2016-04-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from First time to Gaiman This is the first story that I have read by Neil Gaiman. It is a short but very great read. It left me wanting more! Now time to read some of Neil Gaiman's works!
Date published: 2015-12-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, but confusing The book was quite good, sometimes it was scary, sometimes it was nice, for me near the end it was a bit confusng. I think there was something to do with time traveltme chanve-fixing
Date published: 2015-10-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting and confusing I read this book as a book club choice so it's not my usual genre but I found it so interesting until the end where it gets a little confusing. Overall though it was a good read.
Date published: 2015-10-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not for me I have read a few Neil Gaiman books because they come highly recommended, but I have to admit that I am not a huge fan. I don't really love his stories or characters.
Date published: 2015-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Imagination knows no bounds Neil Gaiman knows how to entice his readers and take them to worlds of possibility. Difficult to put down and a very entertaining read.
Date published: 2015-02-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Ocean At The End Of The Lane Very imaginative and visually captivating. I was completely engrossed and stunned by the creativity.
Date published: 2015-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dont start it on a week night I couldn't put it down. It starts off a little bit slow but quickly grabs you and pulls you along for a great adventure. Mr. Gaiman is one of very few writers that can write a book that makes me forget about everything I have going on in my life as I get swept into the lives of the characters. If you like this one check out American Gods.
Date published: 2015-01-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The Ocean at the End of the Lane I guess I just didn't "get it" but I thought this book was pretty pointless and not at all "captivating" and "mesmerizing"
Date published: 2014-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Read I just finished reading this. What a great read. Story flows. Hard to put down. I recommend reading this.
Date published: 2014-12-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting and imaginative I liked how this novel tied into Gaiman's existing Hempstead mythology - I enjoy oeuvre-wide arcs like Gaiman often does. Ursula is frightening villain - the storm scene is particularly memorable. Overall this book had the feeling of a good Diana Wynne Jones novel.
Date published: 2014-11-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good Gaimam Has all the elements of a good Neil Gaiman novel. A good blend of reality and mythology overlaid on a captivating plot.
Date published: 2014-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hauntingly Beautiful A bitter-sweet tale that blends the very real terrors of child's mind with the fantastical, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is one that I could not put down and one that won't leave my mind.
Date published: 2014-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magical Here's the thing with Neil. I don't like the titles of his books. I don't particularly like the covers of his books but after I read them I love them all the more for those two reasons. Lettie Hempstock and all the Hempstock women deserve a serious of books. Ok they don't deserve it they're fictional but I'd love to read more advertures featuring those gals!
Date published: 2014-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book Always enjoy my travels my escapes when reading Neil Gaiman. This book this journey is worth the time. Enjoy.
Date published: 2014-10-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ms. Page Turner Imaginative, real, haunting, strangely comforting and disturbing the Ocean at the End of the Lane makes you want to chase elusive memories with serious effort. Who knows where they might lead? A story that sweeps you away to a world of horrors and warm custard.
Date published: 2014-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down I read this book in an afternoon, and really, I could read it again today. It's dreamy, all-engrossing, and ridiculously entertaining.
Date published: 2014-09-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The ocean at the end of the lane. Was expecting great things from this book! Was looking forward to reading it. Started ok, did not like the middle. A little cheesy. I'd recommend the book for sure. I know plenty of people who would very much enjoy it. Short.. finished it in a day.
Date published: 2014-09-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome !!! I read this book in one sitting and could not put it down. Awesome book. Takes you back to your own childhood. .Nothing like a great adult fairy tale to make your day.
Date published: 2014-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Quick and fun
Date published: 2014-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worthy of all 5 stars This honestly is one of the best books I've ever read.
Date published: 2014-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ocean at the End of the Lane Great read. Fast paced and magical.
Date published: 2014-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Couldn't put it down, very different!
Date published: 2014-07-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wendy Strange and fantastic and you can do it in this message. always sunny weather in this message to get to a great day.
Date published: 2014-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it Took a day to read but I was so engrossed I couldn't put it down
Date published: 2014-04-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprise! I didn't expect anyhing like this book! The title reveals nothing and I certainly didn't expect something like this. Really an interesting book!!
Date published: 2014-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from <3 Beautiful, just like anything Neil Gaiman writes.
Date published: 2014-02-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from <3 I liked this book because its different from the books I typically read. I found the story was engaging and made me want to read more. I would have liked the book to be a bit longer and found some pieces to be left unresolved, not sure if that was intentional for conversation purposes or not, but I prefer everything to be wrapped up with a bow.
Date published: 2014-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from <3 There is, maybe, somewhere in rural Sussex a house, country lane and a farm and the end of it. And beyond farm there, maybe, is a duck pond which a girl once called ocean. What is certain, is that all of it, and more, really comes to life in latest book of Neil Gaiman (second to latest in fact, he just Publisher another one before I got round to read Ocean at the end of lane). As Gaiman’s works go, this book starts in surprisingly real, almost mundane and most of all tangible world. It is not a bad thing, I must say, but just bit surprising. On second thought maybe not so much, when we are looking at the world through eyes of seven year old boy. No wonder we can almost taste those burned toasts. Story get darker very soon: declining family fortunes, strains in marriage and perhaps even moment of abuse verging on murder. By then however we are already entering one of those world which Gaiman builds with his narrative. We again, sometimes with tightly held breath, enter that boundary zone between dream, nightmare and myth and walk on the edge between perceptiveness, rapture and madness. And when go through, across the worlds, through bucket into ocean and out of a pond, through fear, decision and sacrifice we end at back of old farmhouse, where perhaps not only former seven year old boy, now man in his forties, remembers again, siting on old bench by the duck pond. And as he starts his car to finally leave the story a return to his family we close this book still with a bit of distant look in our eyes , saying: Well, Gaiman did it well. Again.
Date published: 2014-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What imagination! I almost put this book down as I thought I was going crazy with what I was reading:( But I knew it was like nothing I had yet to read (was my1st book by Gaiman) so I kept reading. Was very Harry Potterish with all the odd 'beings' and words, but I honestly could not put it down. Glad I read it, such an imagination he has.
Date published: 2014-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A GROWN UP FAIRY TALE The reader never learns his name; only that he was a little boy who never really fit in with his family and enjoyed the company of his books more than that of people. We meet him at the beginning of the book and cannot be surprised that he has grown into a somewhat cynical and disillusioned adult. That is until he returns Sussex and takes a drive past where his childhood home once stood. Suddenly he remembers the summer he was seven and the interesting events that occurred after he met Lettie Hempstock and her unusual family. Neil Gaiman is best known as an author of children’s books. With this book he has bridged the gap and written a wonderful fairy tale for adults. Filled with mysterious strangers, unusual happenings, a strange family that makes him feel more comfortable than his own and a little girl who makes him believe her pond is the ocean and who wants nothing but be his friend, the book quickly draws the reader in to a world filled with wonder and magic. The only prerequisite is that the reader be willing to suspend reality and enjoy the adventure. This is a short book, quickly read but filled with so much heart and so much adventure that it will stay with you after you close the back cover.
Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A STORY WITH DEEPER MEANING In childhood, a boy of 7 struggles with a difficult relationship with his mother and caregiver. When he becomes overwhelmed, he leaves the family's property, which he is forbidden to do, and through a relationship which begins with the 11 year old daughter of a more loving family, he discovers the strength to deal with his fears. Beautifully written. It challenged me to reflect on where I find comfort and courage.
Date published: 2013-10-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Captivating I listen to audio books back and forth in the car on the way to and from work. Usually I leave the discs in the car to be continued the next day. Not this time. Neil Gaiman himself is the reader on the audio version of his latest book, The Ocean at the End of the Lane. There is something magical about hearing an author perform their own work. And in this case - it truly was magical. Our unnamed narrator returns to his childhood home for a funeral. He vaguely remembers a house at the end the lane and drives down to see if it is still there. When he arrives, he begins to remember bits and pieces.....especially eleven year old Lettie Hempstock, who befriended the then seven year old narrator. Lettie live with her mother and grandmother. Out back of the farmhouse is a pond - one Lettie used to call the ocean. And as our narrator wanders back to it, he remembers more....something dark was set loose that summer. How to describe my thoughts? The book encompasses good and evil, friendship, love, loyalty, faith, fear, innocence lost, magic, adventures and of course monsters.....It's scary, sad, nostalgic, heartwarming, thoughtful.... Cautionary advice - this isn't a tale for children, even though it is written from a seven year old's viewpoint - there are adult scenes and themes. You could read/listen to The Ocean at the End of the Lane and get something different from it each time. A fantastical tale, a tale of childhood and our fears that most could relate to or perhaps a glimpse into Gaiman's own childhood. What a treat to hear Gaiman read his own tale - the inflections given, the pauses taken, the emotions imparted - all from hearing them spoken out loud. And at the end of the last disk, I felt like a child whose parent closed the book and turned off the light with a 'it's time to go to sleep now." And I never did - I always relived the story and wondered what else might happen. The Ocean at the End of the Lane left me with exactly that feeling - and that's a good thing.
Date published: 2013-09-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Imaginative, haunting, and sweet. Never have I wanted Chapters to implement half-star ratings until now. This book was so close to perfection, but I can't deny I had issues with it from the beginning. It's with a heavy heart that I have to give The Ocean at the End of the Lane 4-stars even if it really deserves 4.5 stars. Reminiscent of Gaiman's other novel, Coraline, The Ocean at the End of the Lane was dark, haunting and very original. In fact, it's the book I kind of wish Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children turned out to be. The atmosphere of the two books was similar, always so eerie and mysterious. But I think Gaiman did a better job at bringing the whole story together at the end. Not a single word was wasted; if a word appeared in The Ocean at the End of the Lane, it was there for a reason. In addition to spooky, this book was also very inventive, which is why I would recommend it to fans of Spirited Away. In that film, the world-building is beyond anything I've ever seen. It had a very unique story and set of characters, but at the end of the day, it's a story about finding yourself. Just like The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Gaiman, reminiscent of Coraline, give our main character an incurable curiosity mixed with childhood innocence. I truly believed in the 7-year-old's innocence and naive perspective on the world. And it wasn't just the main character who possessed such qualities. So did Lettie Hempstock. In fact, I would be wrong to call our narrator the main character in this story. Lettie outshone everyone else in the novel. She possessed the curiosity of a child, but the sense of security/comfort of an adult. If you and Lettie was to go on a play-date, you knew she would try the craziest things and open your eyes things you usually disregarded. But you somehow knew, no matter how crazy and dangerous the games appear to be, you'll always be safe with Lettie by your side. So why on Earth did I not LOVE the book? Well, I think Gaiman paid so much attention to bringing the whole story together at the end of the story, the first 40% of the book was written as springboard for the last 60%. The first 40% was slow, in my opinion. There were details within the first chunk that at the time appeared excessive. Often times, I wanted to say "Okay, I get it. Move on." to the book. If only I could have altered the pacing of this book, I would gladly give it 5-stars. (Perhaps Old Mrs. Hempstock can help me with that...) Ultimately, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a book filled with comfort and love, despite being eerie and dark. And, most importantly, it makes the reader miss her home. (Please excuse me while I go hug my family). P.S.: I listened to this on audiobook. It was narrated by none other than Neil himself, so I highly recommend it. Edit #1: I didn't know this was optioned for a film. I really hope they do something similar Coraline, and not live-action.
Date published: 2013-08-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not at all what I expected I heard Gaiman's name but had never bought one of his books. This one was a great introduction. In a one night read, I fell into his wonderful imagination that produced the perfect characters for his story. Life can be changed and manipulated but not completely forgotten. This was really good reading.
Date published: 2013-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dark and Wonderful Neil Gaiman's latest book "The Ocean at the End of the Lane" reminded my why I like his fiction so very much. It is a short, compact tale that encompasses universes (ours and a few others). It is a tale about the power of childhood and of friendship. It is also a book for those of us who spent much of our childhood in books. "Books were safer than other people anyway." (9) In the case our protagonist, this definitely proves to be the case. In "The Ocean at the End of the Lane" adults, prove themselves singularly dangerous. The lodger becomes a suicide, discovered by the narrator and his father. His mother seems strangely detached from the family and finds fulfillment in socially approved good works (raising funds for wells in Africa) and at a job (ironically in an optometrist's office, helping others see more clearly). The most dangerous adult of all though, is the nanny Ursula Monkton, who seduces the father both body and mind. The only adults who seem safe are those who by any rational adult measure, are those one would steer away from, the Hempstocks. "I went away in my head, into a book. That was where I went whenever real life was too hard or too inflexible." (58) loved the bookish protagonist, who, like me, escapes into books, where the world makes sense and, where the troubles of life can be suspended until one is ready to emerge back into the real world. "The Ocean at the End of the Lane" is classified as adult fiction, but in an interview with Jian Ghomeshi on CBC's "Q", Gaiman said that he believed this book could and should be given and/or read to children (link here to the full interview). As a secondary school teacher/librarian I AM going to find a class to read this marvelous, dark, vividly imagined work to this year. I love Gaiman's play with the oldest forces in our and other universes. The cleaners for example, what are they, where DO they come from? Gaiman, hooked me with "American Gods" and, although I've not followed his epic graphic novel series "Sandman", I'm becoming very tempted to delve into this as well. I'm not sure what Gaiman does to hook me, but he's definitely got me on tenterhooks for more.
Date published: 2013-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Captivating and Quite Remarkable As one of the other reviewers wrote, this, embarassingly, was also the first Neil Gaiman book I've read. I bought American Gods years ago and it's been sitting on my shelf ever since (not for much longer now). Reading this book was a real treat. I bought it on a whim, and boy, did it impress. As the fantasy genre goes, there seems to be an evergrowing correlation between long novels and popular success. The Harry Potters novels became longer and longer. George Martin's series as well. This short fantasy book is equally as powerful, and crams quite a meaningful story into a short novel, by any standard. From the start, Gaiman deftly plunges the reader into the psyche of his unnamed protagonist. What really makes this character so special is the ease with which readers of any age can relate to him. Just as each and every one of us once saw the world through our own unique bright lenses, Gaiman's story can as easily be read as a pure fantasy or as the imaginings of a creative child. Overall, a great read, and an excellent introduction to the writings of Neil Gaiman.
Date published: 2013-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! Well, ahem, uh, this is a little embarrassing... this is the first Neil Gaiman book I've read. And it was everything that everyone said it would be! I absolutely devoured it. Gaiman writes with ease and confidence and has an imagination that rivals that of (in this reader's opinion), Koontz and King. This book was thrilling, sad, and the perfect escape. I really enjoyed Gaiman's characters and I could not put this one down. Now I've got to get his other books. 5 Stars!!!!
Date published: 2013-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth it I haven't been buying physical books much lately because of the dawn of the ebooks and such but this one by Gaiman is one of the books that you have to have a physical copy. The quality of the paper and the way it's been bound is great, nice to see and hold. It's not a hard read and it's something that's quite entertaining as you go a long. It's a short read that you may or may not find some questions right after which in my case I did. I'm going to see if I can ask the author later about those questions and see if he'll reply or not. I recommend buying this book and try to get lost in the world that he's portraying. I wonder if I'll see an adaptation of it either on TV or the movies someday.
Date published: 2013-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous, as always Neil knows how to write a story. Pick it up, read it, pass it along, tell others to read it, read his other books; you won't regret it.
Date published: 2013-07-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Neil Gaiman's Fantasy at its Best What I can say about Neil Gaiman’s new book that hasn’t already been said…it’s amazing and flowed as smoothly as water as I read it. Back to my own childhood…the belief I had in disbelieving things. Where all things were possible. Where the most wonderful things could happen and I wouldn’t question why. This is a short book…but it’s just long enough to take the reader into the other side of the tapestry of this world. Where do you feel safest? What in your world comforts you enough to stop you from looking at the other side? Do you believe… Write fast please, Mr. Gaiman…I would like to read your next book as soon as possible.
Date published: 2013-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast paced, dark, yet longing and wise The Good Stuff Gaiman is a brilliant storyteller with a gift for a language that is unequal Neil's imagination and ability to create imaginary yet real worlds is also a gift Fast paced, dark, twisted, everything you expect and love from Gaiman The magic place of childhood before you grow up Not a word wasted. I wish I had the words to convey the brilliance of his writing. His words are almost poetic and so beautiful you can almost feel them wrap around you and drag you into his mind Sacrifice, leaving childhood behind, but longing for it Wanted to read this as soon as Gaiman discussed the inspiration behind the book. You can feel how personal this book is to him even if you don't know the background Friendship and sacrifice also another big theme of the story As in many other of his books Gaiman understands and conveys what childhood is, not the happy, sweet innocent time that parents want it to be, but more dark and uncertain (but still one of joy and wonder) The Not so Good Stuff I was a wee bit confused at times (but lets face it that probably more to do with my lack of intellect than Gaiman's talent) Favorite Quotes/Passages "As we age, we become our parents; live long enough and we see faces repeat in time." "Adult stories never made sense, and they were slow to start. They made me feel like there were secrets, Masonic, mythic secrets, to adulthood. Why didn't adults want to read about Narnia, about secret islands and smugglers and dangerous fairies?" "I do not miss childhood, but I miss the way I took pleasure in small things, even as greater things crumbled. I could not control the world I was in, could not walk away from things or people or moments that hurt, but I found joy in the things that made me happy. The custard was sweet and creamy in my mouth, the dark swollen currants in the spotted dick were tangy in the cake-thick chewy blandness of the pudding, an perhaps I was going to die that night and perhaps I would never go home again, but it was a good dinner, and I had faith in Lettie Hempstock." Who Should/Shouldn't Read Marketed as an adult book, but I disagree, think 11+ would get something from it Obviously fans of Gaiman's other book will enjoy If you like something a little bit spooky but with insight and heart - this is definitely for you 4.75 Dewey's I purchased this from work - cuz it's Gaiman and the man has an incredible gift
Date published: 2013-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this story Couldn't put it down. A one day read, and a very good read too.
Date published: 2013-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Imaginative and Scary. Great Read When you read a book as unusual as this, with border-line horror undertones and an adult fairy tale feel, stretching your imagination, it has to be a Neil Gaiman book. This is basically an adult fair tale even though the main character is primarily a seven-year old boy through most of this book. The story is clever, disturbing, and innocent all at the same time, plus it has a surprisingly touching story. I have to say, that for a fairly short novel (it was originally supposed to be a short story), it is a great read. I would definitely give this a 5 star rating.
Date published: 2013-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from from Neil's journal source: The Ocean At The End of the Lane is a novel about memory and magic and survival, about the power of stories and the darkness inside each of us. It began for our narrator forty years ago when he was seven: the lodger stole the family's car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Creatures from beyond the world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive: there is primal horror here, and a menace unleashed -- within his family, and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it. His only defense is three women, on a ramshackle farm at the end of the lane. The youngest of them claims that her duckpond is an ocean. The oldest can remember the Big Bang. The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a fable that reshapes modern fantasy: moving, terrifying and elegiac -- as pure as a dream, as delicate as a butterfly's wing, as dangerous as a knife in the dark.
Date published: 2013-01-16

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