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Quick Trip Down Neil Gaiman’s Lane

UnknownTHE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE by Neil Gaiman is a gem.

This small novel is another terrific creation from the guy who brought us THE SANDMAN comic book, as well as the novels AMERICAN GODS and THE GRAVEYARD BOOK.

In this new one, Gaiman tells the story from the perspective of a 7-year-old boy – living much the life that Gaiman lived when he was 7 and living in rural England. It takes a keen eye to see the world as a kid would, even after turning 50.

It’s a story about magic, true. But the surprising thing is how true the magic seems.

Well worth reading.

“…Only a Pauper, Who Nobody Owns.”

Novelist Katy King and I agree that one of the best stories we’ve read this year is Neil Gaiman’s THE GRAVEYARD BOOK. This stunning, charming, challenging and poetic Young Adult novel stays with you a lot longer than you’re going to expect.

The illustrations by Dave McKean add a lovely innocence and sense of fun to the tale, which alternates between silly and sinister and soulful.

The 2008 novel (Harper/Harper Collins) is a classic fairy tale smashed into a rollicking adventure novel, then blended through the lens of a coming-of-age fable.

Have you read THE GRAVEYARD BOOK? We’re interested in hearing other reviews. Care to recommend other books in this same vein?

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