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The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
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Jun 20, 2013

it was amazing
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Absolutely loved this book. Neil Gaiman is so skilled at crafting a fantasy story and giving his reader just enough of the details via such beautiful, literary language that you manage to sustain a sense of wonder throughout even through the ending. The mysteries in the book didn't leave me wanting more explanation, but rather made me think about the themes in the novel -- growing up, the subjective view each individual has of the world, and more.

The book reminded me a bit of the Discworld "witches" novels of Terry Pratchett, or some of the fantastic-realism novels of Tim Powers.

One of my favorite quotes from the novel:
"Grown-ups don't look like grown-ups on the inside either. Outside, they're big and thoughtless and they always know what they're doing. Inside, they look just like they always have. Like they did when they were your age. The truth is, there aren't any grown-ups. Not one, in the whole wide world."

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Reading Progress

June 20, 2013 – Shelved
June 20, 2013 – Shelved as: to-read
July 11, 2013 – Started Reading
July 14, 2013 – Shelved as: neil-gaiman
July 14, 2013 – Finished Reading

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