Ocean at the End of the Lane

by Neil Gaiman

Quick take

A fantasy story from a child's eye with adult wisdom; a book both light-hearted and dark at the same time.

Why I love it

Magical. Scary. Wonderful. Weird. A fantasy story from a child’s eye with adult wisdom; a tale of real monsters and imaginary people; a book both light-hearted and dark at the same time. The publisher calls it 'œas delicate as a butterfly's wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark.' It’s a book that defies description, other than to say that it’s the kind of story you wish would last just a co...


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Member thoughts

64% Love
28% Like
6% Dislike
  • Blake O.

    New York, NY

    "A magical little tale in a twisted little world. One of my favorite from Neil Gaiman. "

  • Vicki B.

    Pueblo West, CO

    "This is perhaps one of the most creative, imaginative stories of read. "

  • Abbey P.

    Addison, TX

    "The sweet innocence of childhood coupled with fearful, terrifying magic and wonder. You leave, like our character, not knowing exactly what you experienced, but having been changed by it."

  • Chelsea B.

    Jefferson, OR

    "Couldn't put it down, and I found myself wishing it was twice as long when the end came so quickly. "

  • Christine H.

    Holly, MI

    "This book jumps you back to your childhood to a magical land."

  • Christina W.

    Plymouth, MI

    "I love everything Neil Gaiman does, so it was no surprise that I loved this book as well. Full of magic and myth, with a healthy dose of real life."

  • Dawn M.

    Shelton, CT

    "What is there not to love about the poetic style of Gaiman. Loved everything about this magical book. Didn't want it to end. "

  • Kristi U.

    Morrison, CO

    "Loved this book...what a amazing writer. "

  • Rachel W.

    Olean, NY

    "This was magical."

  • Sarah G.

    Louisville , KY

    "Loved the mystery intermingled with fantasy! Great & quick read. Finished it in one sitting at the beach - and even have the sunburn to prove I couldn't put it down. "

  • Adrienne T.

    Hilliard, OH

    "This is by one of my favorite authors, and it does not disappoint! It is magical, whistful, and I could not stop reading it!"