There are memories that everyone has from their childhood that feel so real but are too fantastic to be fact. A place or a person that can’t be explained. Gaiman perfectly captures that sense of beauty, danger and wonder that are so inherent to childhood, while adding his trademark folk/fairy tale twist. Dreamlike, beautiful and evocative, this makes a wonderful gift for dedicated fans of Gaiman or someone who is completely new to his work. --Jax
I can’t tell you what this is about, because that’s not about what it’s about. That can be what it’s about – if you’re just looking for a quick summer read, you can read just the surface. There’s mystery and fun and poignancy and even genuine terror at the right parts. Magic and metaphor, memory and story… it is just like the ocean: pretty at the surface, but with so much in the depths. --Jocelyn
I hesitate to call myself a fangirl of anything, but when I heard that Neil Gaiman had a new book coming out in June, his first for adults since Anansi Boys, I started flapping my hands and screaming. This is the guy who made me wish for a magical door in my house (Coraline), who changed the way I think about dreams (Sandman), and got me to read road narratives and contemporary mythology (American Gods). His latest work is a dark, modern fantasy about awakening an ancient evil, and it promises to live up to my expectations of being strange and enthralling and incredible. --Andrea
Indie Next ListJuly 2013
Gaiman is a magnificent storyteller, creating scenes so complete that you aren't just reading, but rather inhabiting a universe that's thoroughly believable yet truly otherworldly. The story's terror -- the claustrophobia and vulnerability of childhood, the way a child's wants, needs, and fears go unnoticed by adults, and the horrors that can result -- is perfectly balanced against the consolation of books, the magic of the natural world, and the power of those who do listen, understand, and take action to set the universe to rights at whatever cost to themselves. Painful and wonderful, gorgeous and horrifying, truly fantastic, essential and classic, this is a book to return to again and again. -- Carol Schneck Varner, Schuler Books & Music, Okemos, MI
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...