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The Ocean at the End of the Lane
The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel | Neil Gaiman
A major new work from "a writer to make readers rejoice" (Minneapolis Star Tribune)a moving story of memory, magic, and survivalSussex, England. 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, 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.Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettiemagical, comforting, wise beyond her yearspromised to protect him, no matter what.A groundbreaking work from a master, 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. It is a stirring, terrifying, and elegiac fable as delicate as a butterfly's wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark.
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Tamra
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A repeat for me and it‘s just as wonderful. Still magical, enchanting, and creepy, but not in a cheesy way otherwise it wouldn‘t be for me. Gaiman is one of the few authors who can narrate well!

What‘s funny is I can hear the characters voices from Good Omens in it!

This is a great selection for an October read.💛🖤🧡

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biankoala
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Mehso-so

‘nothing's ever the same," she said. "be it a second later or a hundred years. it's always churning and roiling. and people change as much as oceans.‘ ; 3.25/5

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NataliePatalie
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1. The Poughkeepsie Tapes!!! 😭
2. I don't read a lot of fantasy, but the first that came to mind was The Ocean at the End of the Lane.
3. Black, purple, orange! 🖤💜🧡

@Eggs @Blueberry #WondrousWednesday

Eggs Thanks for joining in 🖤💜🧡 1mo
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velocis
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Short and sweet and a good novel to start with when getting back into reading. I've also started looking at this book in terms of how parts of it are put together from a writer's perspective because watching the sandman by gaiman on netflix inspired me enough to attempt to write something.

Billypar Glad you signed up - welcome to Litsy! If you're looking for users to follow, you can find other Reading Envy listeners from this post I made in honor of Jenny: https://litsy.com/p/ckEzSEdkUDRD There was also a bookclub I participated in with so many great people: #nyrbbookclub And the same goes for a group that organizes seasonal readalongs, currently doing one for Halloween #FearfulFall Hope you enjoy checking everything out! 📚📚📚 1mo
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ElizaMarie
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It took a little bit to get into, but once I did... I loved the story. Loved the fantasy and just loved the beauty of it.

#PennyAPage +2.37
#ReadMyRoom @AkashaVampie @jb72 @Bookworm54 @AsYouWish @CocoReads
#DoubleSpin #BookSpinBingo @TheAromaOfBooks

jb72 Great job! I really enjoyed this story too. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
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ElizaMarie
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💙💚 I really miss this! The other day I saw this child be just utterly excited in a restaurant. Like the best thing in the world! This joy is something I need to consistently remind myself that is all around us. 💙❤️

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ElizaMarie
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This is my #DoubleSpin ( @TheAromaOfBooks ) book :) I love Neil Gaiman, but... I have heard some mixed reviews on this one... Fingers crossed, this is something I will enjoy

ManyWordsLater This opened my mind to a new way of looking at the memories. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks I have mixed feelings on Gaiman's writing in general. This one is still on my TBR, but he doesn't always work for me. 2mo
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ElizaMarie @TheAromaofBooks, I get what you are saying. I have a love/hate (mostly love) relationship with Gaiman. This one I felt was done beautifully. But took me a little bit to get “into“ it. 1mo
ElizaMarie @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Ooo, I can send it to you. Do you have a copy? If not, I definitely would love to pass this one along to you! 1mo
ElizaMarie @ManyWordsLater Yes! I think there were a lot of beautiful moments in this book. 1mo
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DGRachel
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This book is fantastical, bittersweet, creepy, and absolutely brilliant. Neil Gaiman‘s prose is beautiful and captivating. He‘s also one of only a few authors who narrate their own books well. I only regret having waited so long to read it.

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Bookworm04
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Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 2mo
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Bookworm04
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Anybody else ???

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Kris10H
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Bailedbailed

I hate to say this, because I have a soft spot for Gaiman, but I just could not get through this. I put in a good effort, I think, and made it about halfway through. It gave me Coraline + The Witches (Dahl), but not in a good way. 🤷‍♀️

fredamans 😕 This is my favorite of his. 3mo
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bookishbitch
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Trigger warning for suicide. I've actually already read this. But I love Neil Gaimans voice as a narrator so here we are. This has some terrifying imagery. Supernatural horror for sure.

fredamans My favorite of his. 3mo
Kris10H The description of pulling the worm out of the foot...🤮 I can handle most things, but 🪱... no. 3mo
bookishbitch @Kris10H Yes! So gross! 3mo
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EmilieGR
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This was a beautiful little story. I enjoyed Gaiman‘s illustration of childhood and found the setting and era evocative.

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Branwen
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#AlphabetGame #LetterO
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Using another Gaiman book for this game! 😄📚💕 I liked this one a lot, though I wish it had been longer!

Kitta I picked this for O too! 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing 📚 3mo
Branwen @Kitta That's awesome! 💕📚💕 3mo
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RobES
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I ended up really enjoying this; I was very unsure at the start, it is very surreal and I didn't really get it, but by the end I fully embraced it and loved it. In an odd way it portrays childhood as an adult looking back, not in a tangible way but in a misty memory way. It also isn't for kids, although I have passed it on to my 15 year old son as we are going to see the National Theatre production. I think it would be ok for a mature teen.

Nebklvr I still have questions about the ending 3mo
RobES @Nebklvr me too!!! Did Lettie ever 'return'? Did he ever go back to the farm again??? 3mo
Nebklvr Was it his funeral? 3mo
RobES @Nebklvr ohhhhhh! I did not get that! 🤯 3mo
Nebklvr Not sure i did either!! Just confused. 3mo
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Kitta
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I love Neil Gaiman and this was no exception! It‘s a beautiful dreamlike story about a man remembering his childhood.

#alphabetgame #letterO @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing! 📚 3mo
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RobES
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Road trip read ... really not sure what to make of this one .... 😕

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TheIntrovertedDodoBird
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To this very day, this quirky fable leaves me with a profound sense of inquietude. Gaiman dazzles with his hauntingly beautiful prose, deep-seated angsty theme & spine-tingling malaise. You'll sleepwalk your way through this book, transported into the unfathomable depths of Gaiman's brilliantly twisted imagination. Childhood is often penned as a beguiling, magical experience, but Gaiman defies this trope exquisitely. He's a bona fide genius!

Eggs Absolutely 5mo
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BarbaraJean
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“Nobody actually looks like what they really are on the inside. You don‘t. I don‘t. People are much more complicated than that. It‘s true of everybody.”

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JuliaTheBookNerd
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I Love all things Neil Gaiman 🥰

#ByYourFavoriteAuthor ❤️ #BookMoods 😊📚

#BookNerd 🤓💙📚

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect 🖤📚 6mo
Eggs 👏🏻👏🏻I love Neverwhere❤️ 6mo
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LoverOfLearning
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Mehso-so

Listened to this one on Audiobook pretty decent production I would say.

Overall not my ideal genre of book but it kept my interest. I definitely thought this book would be more of a mystery but it was more fantasy and plot building. A middle of the road type of book for me no major wow moments.

I think there's also a movie being filmed for this. I'd be interested in seeing it.

3.5 stars.

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LoverOfLearning
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What an odd book so far. I can't tell if I hate it or if I'll love it. I've never read a dark fantasy book before. But it's a short listen so I'll continue with it.

It tells the story of a man who returns to Sussex for a funeral and then finds himself driving "randomly" to the scenes of his childhood. He is drawn to the Hempstock farmhouse wherein, he remembers, there lived three generations of powerful and mysterious Hempstock women.

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NikkiKey94
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This was chosen by my book club this month and it was a fun quick read! It was my first book by Gaiman since I usually read thrillers but I did enjoy it. I am very open to reading others books by him!

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AvidReader25
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This one was way creepier than I remembered. But I love the way he perfectly conveys how childhood can feel overwhelming. We talk about how childhood is magical, but sometimes being a kid is scary. Things can feel out of your control & confusing. Gaiman captures that perfectly. Memories made in childhood make a deep impression and help shape us. Plus the Hempstock women are a delight. I hadn‘t realized how many of his other books they pop up in!

fredamans My favorite Gaiman book! 😊 6mo
AvidReader25 @fredamans it‘s in my top three! 6mo
fredamans @AvidReader25 What are your other two? 6mo
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actualdisneyprincess
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The next one as I continue my determined effort to conquer the piles of books I have bought. 😍 #theoceanattheendofthelane #neilgaiman

CaitlinR I love this book! One of the VERY few novels that I reread. 8mo
Sharpeipup Where are you? That ceiling hints of a gorgeous building! 8mo
actualdisneyprincess @Sharpeipup At work! I work in a library that was built in 1927! 😍 8mo
actualdisneyprincess @CaitlinR I‘m SO enjoying it!!! 😍 Gaiman‘s writing style is just sheer magic. 8mo
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SusanLee
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This was my first Gaiman read and I was blown away by his prose! I‘ve enjoyed it a lot! Btw, the ocean here is actually a #lake 😅
#savvysettings @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs

Eggs Great choice👏🏻👍🏼 Gaiman is a genre all his own 💗 (edited) 9mo
Cindyelizavaz I enjoyed this a lot! 9mo
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LapReader
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Check this out! So Spoilt. Thanks @ju.ca.no The tagged book is stunning and is based on my friend‘s family farm. You have wonderful taste. I hope you and your man had a wonderful Valentines together.

LapReader I loved the wrapping paper too. I reused it to wrap my Valentine‘s presents to my love. 9mo
ju.ca.no How cool that it is based on your friend‘s farm 😱😍 9mo
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Centique
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Pickpick

When in doubt, Neil Gaiman.
That‘s an aphorism I just invented. 😂 This is my third Neil Gaiman and I just get pulled in to his world so fast. What starts as a bittersweet tale of a lonely little boy turns into a creepy modern fairytale. To me Gaiman blends middle grade story telling with adult elements with just the right touch. A mix of childhood and adulthood like vodka jellies or something! Totally diabolically fun.

GingerAntics What a gorgeous cover!!! 9mo
wanderinglynn I totally adopt your aphorism. When I don‘t know what else to read or am in a reading slump, I often return to London Below. 9mo
Littlewolf1 I have never seen that cover before… And I love this book so much. 9mo
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Centique @GingerAntics @Littlewolf1 this copy is from the UK publisher Headline. It is pretty! 9mo
Centique @wanderinglynn I love London Below too and I‘ve just discovered there is more to read after Neverwhere 😍 9mo
wanderinglynn Yes, there‘s a short story, How the Marquis Got His Coat Back. And Gaiman has commented a couple times that he‘d like to return to the world of London Below. 🤞🏻 for another book! 9mo
readordierachel Totally agree, loved this one! 9mo
GingerAntics @wanderinglynn that would be AWESOME!!! I love London Below!!! 9mo
rohit-sawant This book was such a joy. I'm looking forward to rereading it in the near future. Glad to hear you enjoyed it! 9mo
Reggie Totally agree that this is totally an adult fairytale. I loved it. 9mo
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TracyReadsBooks
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Kenneth Oppel, great MG/YA author, posted pictures of his favorite signed books on Twitter & asked people to share theirs. I love the idea & thought it would be perfect to do on Litsy!

This book was an unexpected, wonderful gift from my brother-in-law & it‘s my absolute favorite.😍

Want to share your stories? I‘ll try to post weekly & I‘d love to hear about your favorite signed books/author encounters!

#FavoriteSignedBooks @TracyReadsBooks

TrishB Fab idea! Off to have a look 😁 10mo
DrexEdit Fantastic! I'm off to see if I've got any signed copies around! 10mo
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rmaclean4
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A sweet short fantasy that I have been meaning to read for years! Enjoyable, but time will tell if it is memorable. Has a distinct YA tone to the writing.

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Christyco125
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End of the year rush to get my reading posts in for 2021. Magical realism is not a go-to genre for me but I had a pretty good run of luck with my choices this year. Loved this 🥰😍 Neil Gaiman as the reader was also quite surprisingly great. #audio #christyread #TouchOfMagic

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Emilymdxn
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Just home from seeing this adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s novel in the west end. The acting was amazing but the real star here was the design - the twisted up psychic fantasy world and an incredibly talented ensemble doing breathtaking puppetry wirh an eerie stranger things synth soundtrack.

I really recommend if you get the chance to go! Also Neil Gaiman is my king and I will love him forever.

wanderinglynn I would love to see it! 💜 13mo
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terryduncan5719
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It was so good! A total of 178 pages. It was descriptive, fantastical and disturbing. I loved it and didn't want to put it down!

nichollinlove The audio is really great too! Let's face it, the man is a STORYTELLER! 1y
terryduncan5719 This was my first of his. Next I will try American Gods 14mo
Sherlockmarie I‘ll try this one next. I‘m almost finished with American Gods. I‘ll be curious to see what you think. 14mo
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cdreincarnate
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I‘ve only been so-so on the Neil Gaiman books I‘ve read so far, but I really enjoyed this one. It has a nice, tight plot and a healthy dose of magic, and that‘s really all I could ever want in a book.

emz711 It's my favorite! 1y
bookandbedandtea I love your mug! 1y
cdreincarnate @bookandbedandtea Thanks! It‘s my favorite ❤️ 1y
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yoavshai
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#BookCoverChallenge
Day 43.
Here I will note 365 books (or as many as I will have before I get tired) that have shaped my taste in literature. No explanations, no reviews. Just the cover of the book.
I do not challenge anyone. You are all welcome to take part.

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perfectsinner
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Starting this next because it's a library hold. I've heard good things!

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TheatreSpaz
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I had no idea what this book was about - Neil Gaiman is one of those authors that I don't need a summary, just give me the book. This is SO GOOD, and SO CREEPY. I had moments where my heartbeat sped up a I read. Can't wait to finish.

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effani
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I'm officially in a reading slump and still struggling through my August #BookSpin book, but still posting a list for September. Living in hope, I guess. Thanks, @TheAromaofBooks!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Good luck!! 1y
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peanutnine
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So I started this yesterday because I needed to drop it back off to the library before I go out of town for the weekend. I wasn't sure if I'd get through it in time but once I started I did not want to put it down! It was such a creeeeepy story but in the best way. I love the ambiguity of memories and matter-of-fact magic that is described. Definitely gonna be thinking about this one for a while 🤔

jeannasser This is a great book! Gaiman forever!! 🙏 1y
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Zoes_Human
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July was a good month. I read my #bookspin, my #doublespin, made a #bookspinbingo twice, and cleared 8 books off my TBR. Best book of the month tagged.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Fabulous month, and I'm kind of in love with your narwhale stamp!!! 1y
Zoes_Human @TheAromaofBooks Thanks! I bought that especially for #bookspin! (Along with 4 others!) 1y
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allenac87
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3 or of 5 stars.

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BekaReid
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One of my favorite passages from Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane! I recently picked up another copy that's beautifully illustrated by Elise Hurst, and had to do a reread. I almost forgot how much I love this book.

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Zoes_Human
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A middle-aged man returns home for a funeral and finds long lost memories resurfacing. Gorgeously grim fantasy-folklore horror. One of Gaiman's best.

My #bookspin book was a pure delight this month.

Content Advisory in comments.

Zoes_Human Content Advisory: child abuse 1y
TheAromaofBooks This one has been on my TBR for a while!! 1y
fredamans My favorite of Gaiman's! 1y
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Fr3NcHtOaSt
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This sounds like a promising read, a nice first book back to reading novels after having read comics for a bit.

#TheOceanattheEndoftheLane #NeilGaiman #book #books #novel #reading #kindle #kindleoasis

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vivastory
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Today's prompt is a good excuse to post my signed copy of the tagged which I bought nearly 3 years ago at one of the greatest live events I've ever attended. I've really enjoyed the virtual events I've watched over the past year (including a memorable conversation between Gaiman & VE Schwab) & have tickets to a couple upcoming events, but I'm itching to attend an in person author event! #water #curiouscovers @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

LeahBergen You can‘t beat attending in person and having your book signed. Sigh. 1y
Eggs Omg - Gaiman!!!!! What a thrill🙌🏻 1y
Flaneurette I've only read American Gods and I was a bit underwhelmed, I would like to try another Gaiman- do you suggest this one??
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vivastory @Flaneurette I actually haven't read this one yet 😬 I would recommend Norse Mythology. I know other people who didn't care for American Gods ended up liking NM. 1y
Flaneurette @vivastory great! Thank you 😊 1y
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bookandbedandtea
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I've tried a few times to read a Gaiman book but I've always set them aside. I listened to this one & I think that made all the difference. I enjoyed this exploration of memory & perception but I'm also glad it was short & think it could have been a bit tighter. I related to our unnamed 7 year old MC, he reminded me of myself as a child. He didn't imagine the horrors around him but my boooks & my imagination regularly terrified me as a kid.

bookandbedandtea This is my May #DoubleSpin @TheAromaofBooks I'm doing better than usual this month! 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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