Ocean at the End of the Lane, The

by Neil Gaiman


A masterful story by a story-telling master and a great quick read that engrosses you right away. It seemed more of a YA novel despite some genuinely terrifying moments (foot-worms, boy-drowners, I’m lookin’ at you), moments that horrified as much as anything I’ve ever read not by Stephen King. I also liked the understated way the fantasy began to creep into the narrative, taking over almost before you know it. The lone kid v. everything else reminded me of the wonderful film “Pan’s Labyrinth,” a modern classic (though much darker). But I like how Gaiman subverts the “Hero’s Journey” trope just enough to keep it fresh — (***SPOILER***) the hero gets saved by a girl! And then causes her death! And then everything he supposedly learns he forgets! Cool!

Too slight for me to really love, and plagued with an unfortunate overabundance of commas. Still it was entertaining and I would recommend it to any fans of modern fantasy, or to those who liked the aforementioned film and/or Hayao Miyazaki animes. I would see a film adaptation which, knowing Hollywood, must be inevitable. I hope Gaiman and Guillermo del Toro know each other.


For more info. . .


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: