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Book Review

Publisher's Note:

A brilliantly imaginative and poignant fairy tale from the modern master of wonder and terror, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is Neil Gaiman’s first new novel for adults since his #1 New York Times bestseller Anansi Boys.This bewitching and harrowing tale of mystery and survival, and memory and magic, makes the impossible all too real...…

Overall Book Review:

“Childhood memories are sometimes covered and obscured beneath the things that come later, like childhood toys forgotten at the bottom of a crammed adult closet, but they are never lost for good”

New York Times Bestselling author Neil Gaiman conjures up pure magic with his latest novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Though Ocean is less than two hundred pages, the story packs a punch with vivid details, lyrical phrasing, and masterful storytelling. Without giving too much away, the book begins with a middle-aged man reminiscing about an event that happened when he was seven years old. The plot is deeply mysterious and the boy soon finds himself in a fight between good and evil (with touches of Harry Potter-esque magic). Ocean is beautifully composed, hard to put down, and reminds us that there is true magic in friendship and childhood. 


Content Analysis:

Language/Profanity: None

Violence/Gore:  An adult threatens a child; reports of violence involve a character finding the bodies of humans and animals; bird-like creatures attack a character in a scene of fantasy violence; a character holds a child underwater in an attempt to drown him; a character describes his fright at seeing creatures in a wax museum.

Sex/Nudity:  A few incidents of kissing; a character is described as being nude during a scene (no details); a few sexual references are made; sexual activity between adults is implied.

Mature Subject Matter:

Suicide, attempted murder, death, infidelity and adultery, sacrifice 

Alcohol / Drug Use:

None

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About the Reviewer

My mother was the one who sparked my love of books. Long before school instruction, she sat me down and taught me to read. My childhood was filled with trips to the library and bookmobile to find great books. My first loves were The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Pippi Longstocking series by Astrid Lingren. Now as a mom and speech pathologist, I am constantly looking for good, clean books to use at home and in therapy. I enjoy reading many different genres, but my favorites are usually historical fiction. I married my best friend, the “boy next door”, and we have a beautiful little girl who we often find sprawled out on the floor, flipping through picture books. Together our family likes to swim, run and play tennis. Besides reading, I also love to bake, garden and travel.