BOOK CLUB – "The Ocean at the End of the Lane" by Neil Gaiman
January 5, 2014 at 4:25 pm #36201
Announcing the next Book Club Read-Along: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
It’s more novella-sized than a novel, and it’s like a modern fairy tale- but for adults. So… a Neil Gaiman book! I really enjoyed it. Read along with the community and let us know what you think!March 12, 2014 at 6:09 pm #37730barreyiParticipant
When’s the episode coming out? It’s been a while since we had our last book club.March 12, 2014 at 10:51 pm #37735
@barreyi Probably within the next month. Colin’s been tied up. I really enjoyed this book though! What did everyone else think?March 14, 2014 at 4:18 pm #37755barreyiParticipant
I thought it was great. I wondered a lot about how much of Mr. Gaiman’s personal life, if any, went into the story. Without being spoilerish, I could see him as a child witnessing some of the events in his real life and having them fit into his story. Just a curiosity I had.March 16, 2014 at 4:00 pm #37779GaldapParticipant
I thought the book was good but I didn’t love it the way I did American Gods and Anansi Boys. I thought the storyline was good but it didn’t grab me like his other stories. It was such a short book but to be honest I still had to almost force myself to finish it. It just got really convoluted and bizarre. I wasn’t super into it but it was very well written and I’m sure others will enjoy it.April 17, 2014 at 9:47 am #38231GarayurParticipant
I just finished listening to it in audiobook form and narrated by Mr. Gaiman himself. I found the whole thing very engrossing. I loved the Hempstock women, they remind me a great deal of the witches in Terry Pratchetts discworld books. They are a wonderful balance of compassionate and old powerful beings that operate on a different scale. I found the scene with the bathtub to be very powerful and I think I identified with boy a bit too much for comfort. All in all a good book. I can’t claim it is my favorite Gaiman book but I was in no way disappointed.
garayurcosplay.tumblr.comAugust 3, 2015 at 1:13 am #48847
BOOK CLUB IS RESURRECTED! We’ve just dropped a catch-up episode and our following episode will feature the long, long, long awaited Ocean at the End of the Lane discussion.August 4, 2015 at 11:07 am #48868Citizen StuParticipant
I’m a huge Neil Gaiman fan. I love his style of fantasy writing. The kind of dream logic he applies ot a lot of his stuff is great. I’ve been a fan of his ever since I read Neverwhere (which I read during a time I had to ride the London underground a lot so that added an extra dimension to reading it).
I read The Ocean at The End of The Lane in just a few days and really enjoyed it. I think Neverwhere is still my favourite but that might just be because it has a special place in my heart. Ocean at The End of The Lane is a very close second (can I cheat and say joint first place?). I just find his way of writing fantasy so fascinating because of the way he mixes it with the real world and makes the stakes feel high in a none cheese way.
An accident prone Englishman living in the Netherlands: www.invadingholland.comSeptember 1, 2015 at 1:07 am #49405Krueger 2.0Participant
I enjoyed this book and give it props for being a very creative fantasy tale. That said, it suffers from the same problem I think a lot of Gaiman stories have, specifically that the main protagonist is exceptionally passive. They don’t really do anything, even when something is trying to eat/kill them. I much prefer a lead character willing to fight back against antagonists/monsters, even if they aren’t successful at it.May 11, 2016 at 4:42 pm #52664May 11, 2016 at 10:43 pm #52669
Here’s some bonus content! This was the direction/ title I originally wanted to go with for this episode (even though it steers away from the retro art photoshopping I love so much). Buuuuuut we hit with a nasty fine for an accidental image use recently so I figured a style parody of this rubbish art was out of the question. Here it is via Imgur!
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