My rating: 5 of 5 stars
My review of The Ocean at the End of the Lane is the first of many reviews that you will see here at The Geeky Southerner this year. I won’t reveal too many spoilers in my reviews, but if I do, I will ensure you know where they start and end. this way, you can ensure you can avoid any spoilers if you so choose.
I’ll start by saying that Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors. With that being said, I won’t wax poetic about his fairy tales for any age, and how his words feel like listening to someone telling you a story when you were little.
This was a great book to start my 2015 reading challenge with. The Ocean at The End of the Lane is actually a Fairy Tale, but unlike the ones you read when you were little. I saw Mr. Gaiman read from this book just as it was released, and he said he was unsure at what age this story would truly resonate. I can imagine any child interested in R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps would enjoy reading this story…to go on this journey.
I read the book first, then I listened to Mr. Gaiman read it to me via audio book. I realized that this is the kind of story that makes you feel like a child again, and I confess, recently, this is a challenge. I remember vividly crawling under bushes and sneaking peeks in drawers where I wasn’t supposed to be. I was curious, and I wonder when that changed. This book will creep into your conscious, and you won’t want to put it down until you’ve read the last sentence.
So many monsters look innocuous, and so much good hides in plain sight. This is a quick read, and you will want to go on this journey again and again. Lettie, the young boy, and old Ms. Hempstock, I’ll be seeing you again.