The Ocean at the End of the Lane
by Neil Gaiman
2013/259 pages (Kindle)
rating: 7 / fantasy
First off, I am NOT a fantasy fan and I’m not sure I would have read this had it not been for the Bookies II reading group where there are fans of the genre. The book did get a lot of hype though and from the reviews it was widely enjoyed. (sigh)
A middle-age man returns to the scene >>>>MORE>>>>
I didn’t know this was a fantasy read. Luckily it is on the short side. 😉
It’s not heavy fantasy at all – it’s a gentle kind of fantasy and I actually rather enjoyed it. It’s only when an author goes off into fantasy it usually costs any identification I might have had going with the characters which is not all that vital because themes and literary value and compelling plot line are also very important – maybe more important than “identifying” with characters. Still, with fantasy, there’s often nothing much left for me, with a few notable exceptions – Tolkien, le Guin, J.K. Rowling, Lewis Carroll, others.