Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (14)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. So here's a thing I'm looking forward to: The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman (coming from William Morrow, June 18, 2013).

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 ocean. The oldest can remember the Big Bang.

I have a complicated relationship with Neil Gaiman's books; I have to be in the right mood. I picked up American Gods and put it down in bafflement; I picked it up again some years later and sank right into it. On the whole I like his novels better than his short stories, so this is definitely something I would be looking into even if I hadn't been warned months ago by one of the ladies in my book club that we will be reading this one for our July meeting.

Pictured are two covers in two countries. Yes, that's a girl on the cover for the US market, and a boy on the cover for the UK; according to Neil's blog, both are accurate.


  1. I'm really excited for this book, too. It sounds so interesting. I'm definitely a fan of the US cover. Great pick!
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  2. Great choice! I can't wait for this either : )

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