The Ocean and the Hourglass
they are for the brave to follow.
A Book, an Hourglass.
An adventure into the mind.
Nicholas had always dreamt of faraway places, distant lands beyond imagination. Wandering into the library on a cold day, he finds an adventure that he had not been looking for. Transported to a distant world, Nicholas finds himself involved in sweeping...more
When I saw the cover of the Ocean and Hourglass , I wasn't sure what to expect. As I started reading it , I enjoyed it as I was transported to the life of a young boy whom sounded like he was between 12-14yrs , the boy's name was Nicholas. The character of Nicholas , in a way was a character that if you have ever been a...more
When I began reading this book, I was once again swept away. Yes, this is the story of a boy’s adventure; but this teenager, Nichol...more
The Ocean and the Hourglass – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat; Think With Your Taste Buds; A Book and A Dish
“What kind of book is this, Mr. Thompson?” his voice cracking as he asked. “Open the cover, Nicholas.” Nicholas met the librarian’s gaze and the old man’s trustful not restored his confidence. Opening the cover, the thick black hand cover gave way to cream-colored sheets that did not smell of musk or salt. They were blank. “The book is empty?” Nicholas was now tho...more
The novel, however, was extremely clever by presenting a story were the main character got stuck in a story of his own creation. It'...more
This is a hard review to write because I’m quite conflicted when it comes to this book. There are things about Dan O’Brien’s The Ocean and the Hourglass that I liked, but as a whole I just don't think this book was for me.
The Ocean and the Hourglass tells the story of Nicholas, a young boy who is desperate to escape his less than ideal world. He is bullied at school and has a difficult relationship with his alcoholic mother. With the help of a strange librarian and a mysteri...more
I had an incorrect impression of Nicholas in the beginning of The Ocean and the Hourglass. His character read to me, for some reason, like a middle school student, so I was surprised to find that he was in high school. He has a mother that he doesn’t stand up against. He’s frequently bullied by other students who make fun for him for being a “baby” and finds solace in a comic book series about a hero called the Mariner. And one day, Nicholas finds himself transported to...more
I was born on the east coast and spent most of my life moving around....more