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22) The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman

The review: "Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn't thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she'd claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what.

A groundbreaking work from a master, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human, and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out. It is a stirring, terrifying, and elegiac fable as delicate as a butterfly's wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark."

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  • Kelly M.

    Also, one last note: Chad and I have a Homebuyer Workshop coming up next Tues. (2/18) at the Logan library at 6:30 p.m. Details will be posted in a separate meetup. Come on out and say hi if you're around! : )

    February 12, 2014

  • Kelly M.

    I have to duck out of this one. : ( I'm on the tail end of a nasty cold and I had major Nook issues over the last week so I didn't finish the book. But I do plan to! From the comments I've seen, it looks like this is a great one! Also, side note: I will NOT be buying a nook again! I have taken my nook into a couple different B&N's, and their "tech support"'s best resolution is for me to **buy a new nook!** ?!?!?!? How is that a solution? "The best thing might be to look at getting a new one". Ugh. They then told me they don't have the funding to have a full tech support team available anymore (?!), so basically, "you're on your own" is there policy. Thanks to google, I was able to self-diagnose and resolve! : ) At least for now it's back in action. My next will definitely be a Kindle! LOL

    February 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Was soooo looking forward to this and now I have the fluuuuuu! I'll have to join in next time :(

    February 12, 2014

  • Marie W.

    Okay, guys, I circulated an email so check you're inboxes!!

    February 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi all, looking forward to our meeting tomorrow! If you are no longer able to attend please kindly update your RSVP. Maria is sending an e-mail tonight with my address (I'm near Yusho). See you tomorrow!

    February 11, 2014

    • Liz B

      Thanks for the the email Michele, rsvps are closed now but I'll be there :)

      February 11, 2014

  • Liz B

    Hmmm... I responded a yes RSVP to the first email sent out about this on Dec 12 and read the book a few weeks ago. Just checked in to see if a date had been set and saw that its tomorrow! I don't know how I missed the heads up to RSVP but really wish I could jump in if there's room!

    February 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was only just now able to get the book from the library and RSVPs are already closed. Is there a waitlist?

    January 25, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I sent a request to Marie to open up a waitlist.

      January 28, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks, Michele, I'm in! See you there!

      January 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    So excited to have finished my first gaiman, and I can't wait to discuss this. Are all of his books this surreal?

    January 30, 2014

  • Amanda J.

    Coralline is the only Gaiman I've read. Nice to try another.

    December 13, 2013

    • becca w.

      you should read american gods! tedious, but interesting!

      January 28, 2014

  • Raymond

    Yeah, why closed?

    January 28, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I asked Marie to close RSVP's.

      January 28, 2014

    • Raymond

      Ok.

      January 28, 2014

  • Angie

    Some people were talking about this last night so I thought I'd post it for everyone...

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/ariellecalderon/books-to-read-before-they-hit-theaters-this-year?bffb

    January 16, 2014

    • Angie

      It's books to read before they hit theaters this year.

      January 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can host if you are looking for a location. FYI, the book is a quick read!

    1 · December 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      How about Feb 12 for the date?

      December 20, 2013

    • Amanda J.

      12Feb sounds good to me.

      December 21, 2013

  • becca w.

    oh sweet! another neil gaiman book! i'm reading 'american gods' right now by him

    December 12, 2013

    • Marie W.

      See, this is what happens when you ladies don't come out ;)

      December 13, 2013

    • becca w.

      haha. well i'm excited to read this one!! i haven't read it yet!

      December 13, 2013

  • Kpoene'

    Loved this book, can't wait to chat about it.

    December 13, 2013

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