Book Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Author: Neil Gaiman
Pages: 181
Published: June 18, 2013 (First Published January 1, 2013)
Genre: Adult/YA?, Horror, Fantasy
Rating: 4.5/5

I really enjoyed this story. It was a pretty quick read and another great book from Neil Gaiman. 

I tried to type up my own summary of this book, but decided that it sounded kind of all over the place. So a brief summary is that this story is about a man that has returned to his childhood town in order to attend a funeral. While there, he visits the home of an old friend and has flash backs of some major events that took place during his childhood. All of which were a result of a man committing suicide in his car down the road from the main character’s home. 

I feel that this story is definitely one that is appreciated more if the reader doesn’t know much about the plot before diving in. 

 

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Book Review: American Gods

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Author: Neil Gaiman
Pages: 656
Published: March 4, 2005 (originally published 2001)
Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction, Contemporary
Rating: 5/5

American Gods tells the story of a man named Shadow that is released from prison early after being informed that his wife has passed away. While it is never explicitly stated why Shadow was in jail, it appears that he was mixed up in some sort of robbery for his wife that went wrong.

Shadow gets on a plane after being released from jail, unsure of where he is going to go next. He meets an older gentleman that knows a strange amount of information about Shadow and this older guy tells Shadow that he will hire him.

Shadow tries to ignore the older man and eventually gets of the plane at an earlier stop to avoid him. However, the old man has followed Shadow and will not leave him alone. Eventually Shadow agrees to work for the old man and embarks on a journey he never thought he would be on.

Shadow travels with the older man as they prepare for a war against the old gods and the new.

This was a really strange idea for a book that I freakin’ love. Neil Gaiman is a master at making weird ideas come to life in a way that is relatable and enjoyable. This was the first Neil Gaiman book that I ever read and will definitely not be the last!

Book Review: Hollow City

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Author: Ransom Riggs
Pages: 396
Published: January 14, 2014
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Paranormal, Science Fiction (Time Travel)
Rating: 5/5

Hollow City continues the tale of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Literally picking up where the first book left off, this story continues along with Jacob and the rest of the peculiar children as they battle to save Miss Peregrine and the rest of the peculiar’s from the army of wights that is trying to kill them all.

This book was absolutely fantastic! I read it over the course of two days and enjoyed every second of it. Ransom Riggs has done a beautiful job of continuing the amazing series that he began in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I can’t wait for the next book to come out!

Ransom Riggs is a collector of old black and white photos that he has turned into a wonderfully executed story about children with special abilities and the ymbryne’s that watch over them. I highly highly recommend this book!

Book Review: The Graveyard Book

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Author: Neil Gaiman (Illustrations by Dave McKean)
Pages: 312
Published: September 30, 2008
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Horror
Rating: 5/5

Absolutely fantastic read! Read this book in less than two days and enjoyed every minute of it. Beautifully illustrated!

Nobody Owens was only one when his parents and sister were murdered by a man named Jack. Nobody escaped from his house and found his way to a graveyard where the ghosts of Mr. and Mrs. Owens decided to take him in as their own. Throughout his time in the graveyard Bod was taught how to Fade, induce Fear, Dreamwalk, and talk about the many kinds of people in the world. Bod along with his guardian Silas uncover the mystery behind why his family was murdered and seek revenge on the man that killed them. 

Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors of all time and I cannot wait to dive into the next book that I have by him!