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BOOK REVIEW: FTN reviews The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman

May 21st, 2014 by Paddy Comments

The Ocean At The End Of The Lane
Written by: Neil Gaiman
Publisher: William Morrow; 1st edition (June 18, 2013)
ISBN-10: 0062255657
ISBN-13: 978-0062255655

There really isn’t anyone like Neil Gaiman. You never know what you’re going to get with the genius behind American Gods, Stardust and Sandman other than it’s going to be great.

That is apart from last year’s disastrous Doctor Who episode A Nightmare In Silver, but even for all its many faults it didn’t lack ambition.

There are no such problems with this tale of a man returning to his childhood home following a family funeral. As he gets closer to the stomping ground of his youth he begins to remember extraordinary events.

This really is a fairytale aimed at adults, about how, as we grow older and more cynical, we forget about how magical the world can be. In true Gaiman fashion it’s like nothing you’ve read before and parts of it are downright terrifying without falling into the trap of being all out horror. It’s more unsettling than anything else and it’s probably as close as Gaiman will get to writing a Harry Potter novel.

There’s so much to treasure here that it would be unfair to reveal too much, suffice to say this is a book to get lost in.

You’ll find yourself transported back to your youth and remembering those days when you snuck under the bedsheets in the dead of night to finish that book you love so much, armed only with a torch.

The Ocean At The End Of The Lane is an essential read for fans of the author and for everyone else it’s the perfect jumping on point to the Gaimanverse.

5 out of 5 Nerds



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Paddy Ryan, like Buck Rogers, is a man out of time. He's a loose cannon haunted by his past who, when he's not making painful attempts at humour, is busy watching as many geeky films and TV shows as possible. An avid reader, he has vowed one day to start that novel he's been talking about for years. Born in the late 70s, he's an 80s kid at heart who sees nothing wrong with spending hours upon hours watching season three of Robin Of Sherwood. Jason Connery wasn't that bad you know! He's got a million ideas for comic books but thankfully doesn't know anyone with the time to draw them and call his bluff on that one! The Empire Strikes Back is his favourite film, Doctor Who is his TV show of choice and when it comes to books ... well that's a whole other story! I'm Paddy Ryan and you're not...