The Ocean at the End of the Lane

By Neil Gaiman

The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman
  • Release Date: 2013-06-18
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 1,497 Ratings


A brilliantly imaginative and poignant fairy tale from the modern master of wonder and terror, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is Neil Gaiman’s first new novel for adults since his #1 New York Times bestseller Anansi Boys.

This bewitching and harrowing tale of mystery and survival, and memory and magic, makes the impossible all too real...


  • Just Silly

    By Puss Bompansero
    This is a book for children, not adults and should be advertised as such. Complete waste of my time and money but might be enjoyable for a 9 year old
  • Exceptional - Gaiman Does It Again

    By asapr212
    I ate it all of one piece. The devil is in the details. I enjoyed finishing it and then starting again right away ...
  • Fantastic.

    By Zakenfein
    If you haven’t read it do yourself a favor and do so.
  • Already Read Twice

    By Ashley Zavislak
    I can’t say enough about this amazing imaginative and vivid story. It’s a short read but oh so immersive
  • Let me in the ocean, it did.

    By mablt
    A useful tool in finding somethings you may have lost.
  • Creepy and Awesome!

    By Booked & Loaded
    Neil Gaiman has a special talent – writing creepy and not in the same way blood or gore are creepy. Gaiman does not need to use curse words or violence. His true talent is recognizing the childlike fears we hold inside and creating a story that explores the depth of them. The Ocean at the End of the Lane is such a great example of this talent. The innocent fears of an everyday child come alive in this shorter story about an impossible journey. Impossible, yet completely brought to life through the eyes of a child. That being said, this is not specifically a children’s book. The Ocean at the End of the Lane is more about the fears adults like to believe they have grown out of. Told in a way that pulls you into the book and allows you to live their quietly while watching the memories play out. Thought provoking and interesting, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a book I will not soon forget. If you are looking for a change of pace from the normal filler books, this is a great book to switch it up. The downside was the ending. I am not sure what happened and felt like the ending didn’t fit the rest of the story. It was a bland ending to a great story. Narration: Narrated by the creepy genius himself, Neil Gaiman was shockingly good. OK, so maybe that was kind of what I expected, so “shockingly” might be a bit of an exaggeration. I think a part of me wondered how different an author would interpret characters, and probably made a slight assumption that it would not be as good as I hoped it was going to be. That ended up not being the case. Gaiman glides through every part of the story and made feel childlike. I so wanted to close my eyes and wish myself young, cross-legged on the floor, with Neil Gaiman sitting on a stool reading this book to me. I rate The Ocean at the End of the Lane 4 out of 5 Bullets.
  • Must read

    By Mlp102
    I love Neil's work he always grabs me in and I can't stop reading
  • Ugh!!!

    By Dribre
    I tried to read this book several times but in the end decided I wasted $6.99. There are much better books to read than this one!!
  • Amazing

    By Couch121107
    Love this book, definitely worth reading.
  • Fantastic!

    By DaryckMonroe
    Gaiman sticks truly to his style of writing where focus is required and an appreciation for his simple yet effective writing style. Great read!