I read this book because I love Neil Gaiman and because I wanted to see if this book was appropriate for my 10 year old daughter. I loved the story buI read this book because I love Neil Gaiman and because I wanted to see if this book was appropriate for my 10 year old daughter. I loved the story but my daughter did not. She was a fan of Coraline, but doesn't quite get Gaiman's style. The book may have been a little over her head even though she is an avid reader. Personally I loved Nobody and the idea of a little boy being raised in a graveyard....more
I read this book in 3 sittings. If you had the time, you could certainly sit down and read it from cover to cover in one sitting, but if you did, I thI read this book in 3 sittings. If you had the time, you could certainly sit down and read it from cover to cover in one sitting, but if you did, I think you may miss out on some of the magic of the story. Neil Gaiman books need to be processed. One needs to sit down in a quiet relaxing space, read, walk away, sleep on it, dream on it, come back and do it all over again. I'm a firm believer that Gaiman books must be tasted and savored and not merely devoured, they must sit on your tongue in order to be digested correctly. Then again I'm a fan, a life long fan who would read anything this man writes. I'm betting his grocery list is compelling.
What can I say about The Ocean at the End of the Lane? "It's really good," just doesn't seem to cut it, but honestly, it is REALLY good. I love the very reasonable way our little friend gets mixed up in the supernatural world of Lettie and her family, even if it is really only a glimpse. I'm intrigued by the Ocean and loved everything about it, and despite knowing so much (and so little) about it, I think I would have to at least dip my foot in if I were ever to encounter it. I loved the farm, and the house. Oh did I ever love that house! And the moon, if only I could have the moon do that for me, I would sleep soundly every night. I don't think I have ever felt the urge to have English food in the past, but the descriptions of the dinners in the farmhouse had my mouth watering. I guess we all need amazing grandmothers who can not only cook incredible meals, but are able to fix just about anything with a needle and thread.
I want to know more about these people. I don't care if I have to wait ten years, I think this book needs to continue in either sequel or prequel. Just for the love of all the gods, do not let this be the end of the Hempstocks!
This book was magical,otherworldly, dark, dangerous, and beautiful in only the way Neil Gaiman can make a story. It was godly without gods. Or was it? I'm still not sure. It was scary but fun and made me want to rescue a little lost boy more than once. It was heartbreakingly sad, but not the kind of sad to induce tears. It is what it is, and that is a story that will remain with me for years to come. Let's hope no one can ever snip this away from me.
I will never forget having to know what "spotted dick" was at 1am and being shocked to not find one bit of porn pop up on the search.
If I could compare The Ocean at the End of the Lane to another book, it would be The Graveyard Book. Although it may be that I'm comparing the two because they both dealt with little boys. Or because it was the last Gaiman book I read. Or because I need more books like these. No one, and I mean no one can write a story like Neil Gaiman....what an amazing world it would be if others could though.