Book Trial: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Posted August 7, 2015 by Kayla in Reviews / 0 Comments

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Book Trial: The Ocean at the End of the LaneThe Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Published by Headline on 2013
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 248
Format: Paperback
Source: Gift (Not From Author)
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THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE is a fable that reshapes modern fantasy: moving, terrifying and elegiac - as pure as a dream, as delicate as a butterfly's wing, as dangerous as a knife in the dark - from storytelling genius Neil Gaiman.

It began for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Dark creatures from beyond this world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive: there is primal horror here, and menace unleashed - within his family and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it.

His only defence is three women, on a farm at the end of the lane. The youngest of them claims that her duckpond is an ocean. The oldest can remember the Big Bang.

Warning: This article may contain spoilers.

My Impressions:

This was a nice short book. Since I’ve been struggling with reading lately it’s was pretty good for right now. I get sleepy after reading for a while so, due to no fault of it’s own, I took a while to finish this one. I’ve been waiting to read this one for a while and it was no disappointment.


The plot was quite interesting. A middle age man visits a place where a childhood friend used to live. When he gets there he starts to remember the time around and after he met a mysterious girl named Lettie. At the time, a series of weird things start to happen. People are mysteriously getting money, which you’d think would make them happy, but the ways in which the money is received causes more harm than good. When the two children go to find out the answers they bring back something much worst. Something that can cause a huge disruption in the world. But Lettie and the Hempstocks are more than meets the eye, and they will try to help, but at what cost?


Our main character is a middle age man but the story is set in his memory at the time when he was still just 7 years old. The characters where very believable and I found it easy to relate to the main character. He was just a scared little boy, but acted very brave. I guess his reading taught him a lot.


I loved the way that Neil Gaiman made this story play out. I just wished I knew a little bit about the Hempstocks, a family with a grandmother who has been around a very long time [she remembers when the moon was made]. They were very mysterious but good, and very interesting. The story immediately draws you in, andĀ even after the climax there is still something you don’t know.

About the Author:

Neil Gaiman’s work has been honoured with many awards internationally, including the Newbery and Carnegie Medals. His books and stories have also been honoured with 4 Hugos, 2 Nebulas, 1 World Fantasy Award, 4 Bram Stoker Awards, 6 Locus Awards, 2 British SF Awards, 1 British Fantasy Award, 3 Geffens, 1 International Horror Guild Award and 2 Mythopoeic Awards. Full list here. [Source: Author Website]

The Verdict:

5 Stars
Rating Report
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