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February meetup to discuss The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman

  • Feb 13, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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"The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a fable that reshapes modern fantasy: moving, terrifying and elegiac - as pure as a dream, as delicate as a butterfly’s wing, as dangerous as a knife in the dark, from storytelling genius Neil Gaiman.

It began for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Dark creatures from beyond the world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive: there is primal horror here, and menace unleashed - within his family and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it.

His only defense is three women, on a farm at the end of the lane. The youngest of them claims that her duckpond is an ocean. The oldest can remember the Big Bang."

I'm yet to read this book, but I've read a few other Neil Gaiman works and they've all been fantastic. And one of our fellows who read it recently said she finished it in two days because she couldn't put it down... I'm excited to read this, and keen to hear what everyone else thinks!

In a narrow round of voting, the other contenders were Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (we read the first Hunger Games book a little while back...).


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  • A former member
    A former member

    Eek - I'm stuck at work. Not sure if I'll make it in time. Don't wait for me to order. And if I don't make it, sorry and have fun :)

    February 13, 2014

  • jaci

    sorry to miss out I just loved this book.drowning in work just now hope it settles for next the time I d get there it'd be 8pm too late.
    any chance that the next one could be richmond ?
    have fun jt

    February 13, 2014

  • Claudine C.

    I'm a newbie :-) How will I know how to find the group?

    February 13, 2014

    • Colin R.

      Call me colin on[masked] 647. Ill tell you where we are

      February 13, 2014

    • Megan

      Hey Claudine, the table is booked under Megan, and should be towards the back of the hotel in the old Cells area :-)

      1 · February 13, 2014

  • Kathryn H.

    Sorry, I can't make it. New job... Am also struggling to find this book and the one for March - might have to break down and buy a Kindle!

    1 · February 12, 2014

    • Megan

      ... or a book, even. Kathryn, but are very recently published; should be lots of copies floating around! :-)

      February 12, 2014

    • Kathryn H.

      Yes, hard cover at $30... Will keep vacillating on the subject of whether to go electronic. In old age I suffer from abulia!

      February 13, 2014

  • Julia

    I loved the book. Unfortunately can’t meet with you as I have a work commitment tomorrow.

    February 12, 2014

    • Megan

      No problem, hopefully see you next month! :-)

      February 12, 2014

  • Megan

    Hi all, just a reminder to update your RSVPs! And, for those of you who've said you want a spot in tomorrow night's meeting, there now seems to be two spots at the table! Get in quick :-) Hope you guys have a great night!

    February 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm very sorry to pull out as I really enjoyed this book. I hope to make the next book.

    February 10, 2014

  • Megan

    So, unfortunately I've had something rather important come up next Thursday night... I swear, this never happens! But I'm not going to be able to join you all to discuss this book (which I loved)... I will drop by later in the evening and say hello if I can, but in my absence my trusty sidekicks Colin and Shin Yi will run the show. Be nice to them, please :-) If I can't make it later in the evening I'll see you all in March! :-)

    1 · February 6, 2014

  • Megan

    Venue up more than week in advance; I'm feeling very organised this month. Looks like lots of new faces (yay!) - bring along your book suggestions (fiction, in print) and we'll vote for April's book...

    February 4, 2014

  • Megan

    So I know you guys are all pretty good with this, but... once again: this meeting is full, so if your plans change please do update your RSVP so that someone else can come along instead. Otherwise, it will be the attic.

    February 3, 2014

  • Shin Y.

    Hi! Does anyone have a copy "Burial Rites" (the book for March) they can lend me? It's very popular, booked out at the libraries which meant I can't borrow a copy prior to the March meetup. I work in Collingwood and can meet people in the city to do a swap. Many thanks. Cheers, ShinYi

    February 2, 2014

  • Tim R.

    Sorry guys had to cancel, will be in Hawaii (last minute media trip).

    January 28, 2014

  • Megan

    Really curious to hear what people think of Neil Gaiman; I love his work, but I know not everyone's a fan of the genre... Hope you all enjoyed it regardless!

    Just a quick note: this meetup is now FULL. Which is excellent, but please please PLEASE if your availability changes, update your RSVP so that another member can come along if they wish. :-)

    Otherwise I will have to get upset, and put you in the attic...

    1 · January 10, 2014

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