Waiting on Wednesday #4: ‘The Ocean at the End of the Lane’

Waiting on Wednesday

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly event, hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine, to spotlight upcoming releases that make me clap in bookish glee.


This week’s selection is:

15783514The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Release date:  June 18, 2013

Publisher:  William Morrow Books

Why?  Neil Gaiman.  Enough said.

From the jacket:

‘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 duck pond is an ocean. The oldest can remember the Big Bang.

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5 thoughts on “Waiting on Wednesday #4: ‘The Ocean at the End of the Lane’

  1. I haven’t read his books, I don’t even know how many books he has. I like the sound of this though, it sounds more adult. I’ve been reading a lot of YA lately.

    • If you tend more toward the YA and would like to enter the world of Gaiman, I would suggest starting with ‘The Graveyard Book’. However, ‘Neverwhere’ will make you an instant fan if you like the idea of undergound secret worlds and such. Hope you get a chance to read one soon- he just created such amazing worlds and characters with a very old and creepy vibe.

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