“The Ocean at the End of the Lane” by Neil Gaiman ~ review by Susan Karsten

I dig for books. One way I dig is by reading book reviews. After noticing several raves about Neil Gaiman’s latest book, “The Ocean at the End of the Lane”, I decided to see what was so great about this slender fiction volume. In one night of reading, then skimming, I found out. Not so much.

I’ll grant him the title “Creative Writer Extraordinaire”, but this 181-page book isn’t a must-read. Definitely not for children or anyone under eighteen (since he had to include a graphic scene featuring the protagonist’s father’s adultery), I can’t say that it’s really worth anyone’s time.

Reading like a confused and unsatisfying nightmare, replete with witches, and disasters right and left, the reader gets the feeling that the first-person point-of-view character’s being seven years old was done on purpose, to excuse the lack of cohesion in the narrative.

Have you got any good new books to recommend? Or warn readers away from?

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