Neil Gaiman’s latest novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, is a modern fairy tale that’s sure to become a classic. I have extremely high expectations for Gaiman’s work, as his American Gods is one of my favorite books, and I was not disappointed. The Ocean at the End of the Lane delivers everything a reader could want from a fantasy novel: adventure, mythological creatures both good and evil, mystery, suspense and a glimpse at worlds unknown.
The unnamed protagonist of the story is a man who travels to his childhood home for a funeral which leads him on a trip down memory lane. As he visits the Hempstock farm at the end of the lane, he begins to remember the adventure he had the spring he was 7 years old. Most of the story is told from the point of view of the 7 year old boy, curious and introspective, an avid reader. His life is simple: a younger sister, mother and father; his parents have fallen on hard times and have to rent out the boy’s room to tenants to help pay the bills, and his mother has to begin working outside the home as well. This change in the family dynamic is what starts the adventure for the boy. (more…)
Good morning everyone! Here’s what’s selling this week …
12th of Never (Women’s Murder Club) by James Patterson the 12th book in his Women’s Murder Club series is the new #1 this week.
Look for upcoming reviews for these books from the NYT Best Sellers List:
For fantasy lovers this sneak peek over at Tor of the new book by Mark T. Barnes, The Garden of Stones (Echoes of Empire)
is an intriguing look at the first book in the series Echoes of Empires and if the excerpt is any indication the book promises to be filled with interesting characters, worlds and, of course, epic battles.