My Goodreads review –
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
When someone asked for my favourite three fiction books I'd read in 2014, I cast my mind over the possibilities, but only for a few seconds. This was clearly my equal first with The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.
Yes, you will gather that I love fantasy. I also love beautiful writing. And I particularly love a book that surprises me (so few do — I am unfortunately good at seeing where something is going, one reason I don't often read mysteries). This book is unpredictable in the way real life can be, as well as in the ways chaos and impossibility can be.
Yet despite some events which are extremely creepy and scary, the feeling of the narrative is gentle and loving.
I'm sure there are moral lessons in there too, as in all the best fairy-tales, but they will be absorbed on a subliminal level. It's plot and character which seize our attention.
A book for all ages, it's just a lovely read!
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