The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

UnknownNeil Gaiman is one of my favourite authors.  His stories are cleverly woven with intricate details and disturbing thoughts.  I loved Coraline and The Graveyard Book.  The Ocean at the End of the Lane was in the same league.

I know this phrase is overused in the reading world but this book was difficult to put down.  It was quite a simple story yet its impact was immense.  A child’s worst nightmare is to be taken by unknown creatures in the night.  For the boy in this book nightmares become reality.


* ‘Why didn’t adults want to read about Narnia, about secret islands and smugglers and dangerous fairies?’

* ‘But they have promised you to me, so I will have something to play with; something to keep me company in the dark.’

* ‘Huge, they were, and sleek, and ancient, and it hurt my eyes to look at them.’

* ‘And people change as much as oceans.’

* ‘I was wearing the right clothes for a hard day.’

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