The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman

Ocean at the End of the Lane

Quirky, fantasy world in an ordinary rural setting with a pond that’s actually an ocean, on a farm where weird things happen, like witchy/fairylike things – yep, I liked it.

Publisher: Headline | Publication date: 10th April 2014 | Edition: Paperback

It appears from some reviews I’ve read that this book’s a little like Marmite – you’ll either like it, or you just won’t click with it.

If you like a quirky, bizarre story then you’ve come to the right place. You know those sort of stories that immerse you in a surreal fantasy world that could just possibly exist alongside an everyday real one? Whilst people’s lives intertwine with it, oblivious to its existence? Then yes, this is DEFINITELY for you.

It’s dreamlike and slightly nuts in places, but altogether highly original. Yet it’s told in a clever, matter-of-fact way that it actually makes it strangely plausible. It’s a fantasy-fairylike-tale with a whopping, great punch throughout.

I must mention that the intimidation of the young boy by a truly vile villain, together with the ‘angry birds’ scene later in the book are captured in a perfectly sinister manner, painting quite a graphic image in your mind.

And I’ll admit, I got myself lost a couple of times with the changing story between the past (the young boy) and the present (the boy grown up), particularly toward the end, but a quick re-read of the chapter put me straight. That was my fault entirely and not the book – therefore, I would recommend giving it your 100% attention to fully appreciate it, it would be a crime not to.

This is the first book I’ve read by Neil Gaiman and it’s left me wanting to read more.

Rating: 4.5/5

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