Goodreads Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

I realized I had not shared my review of my 2nd favorite book of all time, and felt that situation needed rectifying.


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

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I lack the words to appropriately describe this book. Gaiman is amazing, as always. He grabs you, drags you down into the waters of his imagination, and whispers to you, sounds like the waves lapping on the shore, and refuses to let go until the last word is spoken. Then he releases you, leaving you to bob up to the surface, both relieved and saddened that you have to leave.

Melodramatic? Maybe. But appropriate, I think. From our narrator first explaining about Fluffy the kitten to his final moments on the shore of the eponymous ocean, I couldn’t stop. Nothing else mattered. The book owned me, sunk its fingers into me and made me its puppet, leaving me wrung out, emotionally exhausted and completely satisfied when I finished the last page.

I’ll put it plain: You need to read this book. No excuses. You can find it fairly inexpensive nearly anywhere, it’s only 180 pages so can – and must! – be devoured in a single sitting, and contains only vague references to sex and violence, with no naughty words, so it’s appropriately clean for any audience.

Go read it. Now.

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4 responses to “Goodreads Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

  1. I haven’t actually read this one, but I am familiar with some of his other books.
    It’s been recommended a lot to me but I never seem to find the time.
    Still, that’s some high praise!
    I’ll give it a read next I come buy it πŸ™‚

    • I highly recommend it. As noted, it’s my second favorite book, ever, and it managed to grab me by the throat and not let go until it was over. It did that during one of my “down” cycles while I was suffering from strep as well, meaning it’s power is greater than disease and mental defect, which is pretty impressive. Hopefully you enjoy it!

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