2019, Books, reading, reviews

The Ocean at the End of the Lane Review

I recently read my first book by Neil Gaiman and really enjoyed it!

Originally published: 2013
Author: Neil Gaiman
Country: United States
Genres: Magical Realism/Surrealism/Dark Fantasy

Synopsis: A middle-aged man returns to his childhood neighborhood to attend the funeral of a family member. He breaks away and visits the House at the End of the Lane and remembers some events from his childhood that may or may not have actually happened.

Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18505792-the-ocean-at-the-end-of-the-lane

Neil Gaiman has written some popular books like Coraline (haven’t read it or seen the movie), Stardust (didn’t read or see this either), American Gods (hope to read it soon and watch the show) and co-authored Good Omens with Terry Pratchett (want to read so I can watch the show coming out this year!). What am I doing with my life?!

I honestly never thought I’d enjoy his stuff because I don’t like horror and much of his stuff is presented as such. However, his magical realism was a good time. This was such a short book but really had a lot of story going for it. The characters were really interesting and gave me A Wrinkle in Time and Alice in Wonderland vibes. I don’t typically like stories told by children but thought this was good since it was a man remembering events from his childhood. There are monsters and magic (see fan art below) entwined with the Essex, England countryside, which was fun. I definitely liked the whimsical side of this tale and would recommend it to anyone who wants something strange and unusual to read.

When this released, movie options began being rumoring but nothing seems to have come from it. However, Gaiman has been in the news a lot recently since many of his books are being adapted lately so maybe this will be revived. I personally think that this would make a really cool movie. Let’s hope it becomes adapted!

By the way, this Russian cover is amazing!

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