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...).