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The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

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Published: 18th June 2013
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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, from storytelling genius Neil Gaiman.

It began for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Dark 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 menace unleashed - within his family and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it.

His only defense is three women, on a farm at the end of the lane. The youngest of them claims that her duckpond is ocean. The oldest can remember the Big Bang.

About the Author

Neil Gaiman was born in England but now lives in Minnesota, in a big house of uncertain location where he accumulates computers and cats.

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  • Easy to read (5)
  • Page-turner (5)
  • Deserves multiple readings (4)
  • Engaging characters (4)
  • Well written (4)

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5.0

Neil Gaiman does it again

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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Read
  • Page-Turner
  • Well Written

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    Comments about The Ocean at the End of the Lane:

    Magnificent read. Had the day off work and read the whole thing within a few hours. I was absolutely hooked from the first page. I love Neil Gaimans writing. He is an absoulute mastermind of fantasy. Already made 2 other people read it and they love it just as much

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    5.0

    Enthralling

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      Comments about The Ocean at the End of the Lane:

      Possibly my favourite book ever!

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      4.0

      Different

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      from Melbourne

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          Comments about The Ocean at the End of the Lane:

          Unusual storyline but I couldn't put it down. Loved it.

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          4.0

          Hard to put down

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            Comments about The Ocean at the End of the Lane:

            This is a quirky fantasy that both adults and teenage readers will enjoy. The book is short enough and gripping enough to make it a one sitting read. Characters are likeable and easy to empathise with. Recommended reading

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            5.0

            Loved it!

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                  Comments about The Ocean at the End of the Lane:

                  Wonderful characters and really makes you think about the world of children - adults need to remember their lost worlds of imagination and limitless possibilities.

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                  5.0

                  For those whose lives lack magic.

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                  • Easy To Read
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                    Comments about The Ocean at the End of the Lane:

                    This is a delightful story, beautifully written.

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                    'Gaiman is, simply put, a treasure-house of story, and we are lucky to have him' Stephen King 'Gaiman has a rich imagination...and an ability to tackle large themes' Philip Pullman

                    Neil Gaiman

                    Neil Richard MacKinnon Gaiman, born 10 November 1960, is an English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre and films. His notable works include the comic book series The Sandman and novels Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book.

                    He has won numerous awards, including Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, Newbery Medal, and Carnegie Medal. He is the first author to win both the Newbery and the Carnegie medals for the same work, The Graveyard Book (2008).

                    Visit Neil Gaiman's Booktopia Author Page


                    ISBN: 9781472200327
                    ISBN-10: 1472200322
                    Audience: General
                    Format: Paperback
                    Language: English
                    Number Of Pages: 256
                    Published: 18th June 2013
                    Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
                    Country of Publication: GB
                    Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.6  x 2.0
                    Weight (kg): 0.29
                    Edition Number: 1