Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, where we feature a book we are looking forward to being released!
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
by Neil Gaiman
20 June 2013
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 the 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 defense is three women, on a farm at the end of the lane. The youngest of them claims that her duckpond is ocean. The oldest can remember the Big Bang
Well, I just attended an event with Neil Gaiman in conversation two days ago and wow, it was phenomenal. He’s an amazing speaker and just all around storyteller and it was a really wonderful evening.
The book is actually the most ‘real’ of his works, based on a story he was told by his parents and set on a lane like one he grew up in. It also has a darker Mary Poppins and a family of characters he’s created since he was 8. It could be his best work yet. If that wasn’t enough to convince you, maybe Amanda Palmer can.