The Ocean at the End of the Lane

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

By Neil Gaiman

  • Release Date: 2013-06-18
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 1,282 Ratings
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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...


  • Creepy and Awesome!

    By Booked & Loaded
    Neil Gaiman has a special talent – writing creepy and not in the same way blood or gore are creepy. Gaiman does not need to use curse words or violence. His true talent is recognizing the childlike fears we hold inside and creating a story that explores the depth of them. The Ocean at the End of the Lane is such a great example of this talent. The innocent fears of an everyday child come alive in this shorter story about an impossible journey. Impossible, yet completely brought to life through the eyes of a child. That being said, this is not specifically a children’s book. The Ocean at the End of the Lane is more about the fears adults like to believe they have grown out of. Told in a way that pulls you into the book and allows you to live their quietly while watching the memories play out. Thought provoking and interesting, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a book I will not soon forget. If you are looking for a change of pace from the normal filler books, this is a great book to switch it up. The downside was the ending. I am not sure what happened and felt like the ending didn’t fit the rest of the story. It was a bland ending to a great story. Narration: Narrated by the creepy genius himself, Neil Gaiman was shockingly good. OK, so maybe that was kind of what I expected, so “shockingly” might be a bit of an exaggeration. I think a part of me wondered how different an author would interpret characters, and probably made a slight assumption that it would not be as good as I hoped it was going to be. That ended up not being the case. Gaiman glides through every part of the story and made feel childlike. I so wanted to close my eyes and wish myself young, cross-legged on the floor, with Neil Gaiman sitting on a stool reading this book to me. I rate The Ocean at the End of the Lane 4 out of 5 Bullets.
  • Must read

    By Mlp102
    I love Neil's work he always grabs me in and I can't stop reading
  • Ugh!!!

    By Dribre
    I tried to read this book several times but in the end decided I wasted $6.99. There are much better books to read than this one!!
  • Amazing

    By Couch121107
    Love this book, definitely worth reading.
  • Fantastic!

    By DaryckMonroe
    Gaiman sticks truly to his style of writing where focus is required and an appreciation for his simple yet effective writing style. Great read!
  • An Enchanting Novel

    By Onoudi'int
    Neil Gaiman creates a world where the boundaries between reality and fantasy blend into one another. In this world light is found in the least expected of people and places, and the dark slinks unseen or disbelieved. A bewitchingly penetrating story which reveals fear begets bravery, and children see more than adults could fathom or comprehend. I couldn't put it down, and when I did I picked it up all over again.
  • A good read.

    By CitizenRob
    This is the first Neil Gaimen novel I have read, and I must say it was an excellent book. It is a surreal story, and an emotional one. It is filled with childhood's fears and life's sadness. Rather than give anything away, I'll just say it is a well told story, the sort of story you'll still think about years from now.
  • The ocean at the end of the lane

    By r3qgwrg
    Very strange imagination! Did not like it. The story synopsis was very misleading. The story line sounded great. The imagination was too strange to keep me interested.
  • Mindbending

    By tajgirlone
    This is an amazingly told story. Read it.
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane

    By CleanNemo
    I cannot easily convey how completely I delighted in the reading of Neil Gaiman's book. He grabbed me rather early on and I delighted I each turn, each persons entrance. I marvel on how so fantastic a tale could so entrance and delight. When putting it down I would feel the least bit sad to have to enter my day rather than remain for the full measure of time as was our main character sorry to ever have to leave the Hempstock farm. Right. Well done. Off you go,now.