New York, NY : William Morrow, 
181 pages ; 22 cm ISBN/ISSN:
0062255657, 9780062255655, 0062265083, 9780062265081, Language:
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
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Remember your childhood dreams and nightmares as you drift through the sweeping landscape of the narrator in Neil Gaiman's, The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Imagine you are seven years old again, and your wildest dreams and most horrific nightmares have become reality.
The story begins when the narrator returns to his childhood town some forty years later to attend a funeral. He leaves the funeral to avoid the awkward parade of questions about relationships and work, and finds himself driving down the little country lane toward the old Hempstock farm. As he drives, he begins to recall the magic and horror that were unleashed the day he met Lettie Hempstock. Our resourceful narrator uses his love of fantasy and fairy tale to protect his family as the darkness descends...
This enchanting, terrifying and provocative work by Neil Gaiman, a master of multifaceted fantasy, will appeal to anyone who remembers the joy and fear that childhood can bring. If you like this novel, The Book of Lost Things and The Gates, both by John Connolly, will also drop you into a world that is alternately disturbing and delightful.
Well, I came back from the Ocean at the end of the Lane. Neil Gaiman has once again mesmerized me. He truly is a master storyteller. In this case, one that scared the bejeebers out of me, not quite sleeping with the nightlight, but still a good scare.
I believe in Tinkerbell, so it holds if I do believe in good, there is evil out there. Gaiman nailed the evil. The fact that granny called them 'fleas' to minimize the fright for the main character was just perfect.
If you are a suspense/horror fan, you'll love this.
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