Book Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman



The Ocean At the End of the Lane

Title: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Author: Neil Gaiman

Release Date: June 28, 2016

Publisher: William Morrow

Genre: Coming of Age, Fantasy

Format: Ebook/Paperback/Hardcover/Audio


UK National Book Awards 2013 “Book of the Year”

“Fantasy of the very best.” Wall Street Journal

A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she’d claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse where she once lived, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

A groundbreaking work as delicate as a butterfly’s wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human, and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out.


“[Gaiman’s] mind is a dark fathomless ocean, and every time I sink into it, this world fades, replaced by one far more terrible and beautiful in which I will happily drown.” New York Times Book Review

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My Review

I received a free copy of this book for an honest review. 

I was excited to join this blog tour because I’ve been wanting to read some of Neil Gaiman’s books but I haven’t had time. This way, I had to read one! I wasn’t disappointed.

The narrator is a middle-aged man who has come home to attend a funeral and he finds himself sitting on a bench next to a pond on a farm near his old home. Sitting there, he remembers Lettie and her mom and grandmother who lived there, as well as some strange things that happened when he was seven years old. I wondered how he could have forgotten so much, but it all made sense eventually.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a fantasy that occurs right at home. It’s from the view of a seven-year-old so there are things that occur that don’t phase him because he’s still innocent. But my jaw dropped at least once and it took me a minute to realize why he wasn’t concerned.

Full of friendship, sadness, and magic, this is a book for readers of all ages. I think the age of the reader will be important on how the book is viewed but I’m sure it’s one that everyone will enjoy.


About the Author

2016-07-19_22-33-01Neil Gaiman is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, Anansi Boys, The Graveyard Book, Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains; the Sandman series of graphic novels; and the story collections Smoke and MirrorsFragile Things, and Trigger Warning. He is the winner of numerous literary honors, including the Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards, and the Newbery and Carnegie Medals. Originally from England, he now lives in the United States. He is Professor in the Arts at Bard College.

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Tour Schedule

Tuesday, June 21 – Book reviewed at Stormy Nights Reviewing and Bloggin’

Book reviewed at Mina’s Bookshelf

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Wednesday, June 22 – Book reviewed at The Mystery Tavern

Thursday, June 23 – Book reviewed at Books for Books

Friday, June 24 – Book reviewed at AMD on Software


Monday, June 27 – Book reviewed at The Reading Queen

Tuesday, June 28 – Book reviewed at Doing Some Reading

Thursday, June 30 – Book reviewed at Comfy Reading

Friday, July 1 – Book reviewed at Shannon’s Book Blog

Book reviewed at Her Book Thoughts


Monday, July 4 – Book reviewed at I’m Shelf-ish

Tuesday, July 5 – Book reviewed at Chapter by Chapter

Wednesday, July 6 – Book reviewed at Reading Reality

Thursday, July 7 – Book reviewed at Latte Night Reviews


Monday, July 11 – Book reviewed at Torre de Babel

Tuesday, July 12 – Book reviewed at I Can Has Books

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Wednesday, July 13 – Book reviewed at Queen of All She Reads

Thursday, July 14 – Book reviewed at Rhi Reading

Friday, July 15 – Book reviewed at Blooming With Books


Monday, July 18 – Book reviewed at Southeast by Midwest

Tuesday, July 19 – Book reviewed at Svetlana Reads

Wednesday, July 20 – Book reviewed at Bound 4 Escape

Thursday, July 21 – Book reviewed at 100 Pages a Day

Friday, July 22 – Book reviewed at Natural Bri

Book reviewed at Bound 4 Escape

Saturday, July 23 – Book reviewed at Becky on Books


Monday, July 25 – Book reviewed at Book Bite Reviews

Thursday, July 28 – Book reviewed at Deal Sharing Aunt

Friday, July 29 – Book reviewed at I’d Rather Be at the Beach

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Saturday, July 30 – Book reviewed at Worth Getting in Bed For

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Sunday, July 31 – Book reviewed at Cover 2 Cover

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