Neil 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.’
Just a few books that I am waiting patiently for;
1) Joyland by Stephen King (JUNE) – As a fan I’ll read pretty much anything he writes but this plot just sounds intriguing and creepy. Set in a small-town amusement park in the 70s, student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder.
2) The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (JUNE) – I really enjoy his books for young adults (Coraline, The Graveyard Book) and am curious to see what he has in store for an adult audience.
3) The Dark by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Jon Klassen (APRIL) – I love both Illustrator and Writer and a picture book about being afraid of the dark will be enjoyed by my students (and myself).
4) Revenge by Yoko Ogawa (JAN but I haven’t had the time to get it as yet) – 11 connected stories with macabre and supernatural themes. Sounds fascinating.
5) In the Shadows of Blackbirds by Cat Winters (APRIL) – Séances, spirit photographers and early-twentieth-century photographs, what more could I ask for?