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[ books ] The Ocean at the end of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Much to thank bibliogoth, I reckon. Last month, it was the rediscovery of my home country, Venezuela, or at least a mythical Venezuela of the past, in Isabel Allende's 'Eva Luna'. This time the 'set book' if you can call it that, is 'The Ocean at the End of the Lane' by Neil Gaiman. A book that I probably would have told myself 'looks interesting, put it on the list for later' and never actually read. Lovely fantasy world folded into a normal English boy's childhood environment, without it being twee or sugary -a little Lovecraftian at times, if anything. I'm only half way through but it doesn't look like it might disappoint me at the end (although it might, you never know, of course). So far, so good. It's a child's adventure from the retrospective eyes of the adult the child will turn into -could have failed in so many ways but it works for me. Feels like it would be a book for a younger audience but there are many levels that I feel would need an adult (one who retains the child they once were) to decode.

I will have to pay more attention to Neil Gaiman, it would seem.


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sallypointzero From: sallypointzero Date: January 28th, 2014 11:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
It sounds enthralling - thanks for putting it on the radar :-)
androktone From: androktone Date: January 30th, 2014 07:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Have you read the Sandman comics or American Gods?
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flavius_m From: flavius_m Date: January 30th, 2014 10:29 am (UTC) (Link)
androktone : I haven't, I will be looking into this. I haven't been very big on graphic novels -maybe to do with my not very good eyesight, they tire me. Now you can get those things for iPad, etc, will look into it again.

kruku ah, another data point, thanks! :)
scifi_mel From: scifi_mel Date: January 30th, 2014 09:22 am (UTC) (Link)
I've been meaning to give him another try. I loved his comics but found his novels ok but less interesting. I haven't read anything since American gods but have heard such good things about this one.
flavius_m From: flavius_m Date: February 7th, 2014 08:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Looks like I never replied to this.... funnily I've never read his comics, as yet. I find it a little difficult to read graphic novels on paper these days, bad eyesight and that, but now that you can find so much of that sort of stuff on formats you can read on iPad I may have a go at that sort of material as well.
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