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Carpe Librum

Reviews and bookish conversation with author Samantha Wilcoxson.

If I am lost, you will find me in medieval England.

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The Ocean At The End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman

I think that it is safe to say I had absolutely no idea what I was getting into when I chose to listen to this book.

All I knew of Neil Gaiman was quotable quotes about writing and reading that I had seen on Pinterest. I certainly had no idea that I was picking up a fantasy novel.

That being said, people who love this author are correct. He sure can write. The story itself is not one that would normally interest me in the slightest. As soon as magical things started occurring, I was backing up the recording to make sure I had heard it right. I almost stopped listening, but Gaiman's style kept me captivated.

When I started the book and was introduced to the main character, a seven year old boy who loves books more than people, I was irresistibly drawn to him. Had Gaiman looked directly into my soul and rewritten me as a young boy?

Then things got weird....really weird.

This has been an interesting experiment to confirm that I prefer facts to fantasy, but I am happy to have made an acquaintance with Gaiman's skill.