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  • #36201
    Cat
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    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!

    #37730
    barreyi
    Participant

    When’s the episode coming out? It’s been a while since we had our last book club.

    #37735
    Cat
    Keymaster

    @barreyi Probably within the next month. Colin’s been tied up. I really enjoyed this book though! What did everyone else think?

    #37755
    barreyi
    Participant

    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.

    #37779
    Galdap
    Participant

    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.

    #38231
    Garayur
    Participant

    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.

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    #48847
    Cat
    Keymaster

    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.

    LISTEN HERE: https://nerdyshow.com/2015/08/nerdy-show-book-club-11/

    #48868
    Citizen Stu
    Participant

    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.

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    #49405
    Krueger 2.0
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    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.

    #52664
    Cat
    Keymaster
    #52669
    Cat
    Keymaster

    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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