Waking Ideas Publishing - Culture & Critics Corner
Written By Danny Nicolas
What exactly is Neil Gaiman up to?
Well, he has been busy. With a fiction novel scheduled for release next year, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and the Sandman Prequel, it's fair to say that he's probably been writing quite a bit more than the travel filled adventuring life that his journal online shows. He also has a book for small children titled Chu's Day, illustrated by Adam Rex that is scheduled for release next year as well.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane has this as the publisher's description and is scheduled for a June 18th 2013 release:
The Ocean At The End of the Lane is a novel about memory and magic and survival, about the power of stories and the darkness inside each of us.
It began for our narrator forty years ago when he was seven: the lodger stole the family's car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. 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 a menace unleashed -- within his family, and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it.
His only defense is three women, on a ramshackle 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.
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.
And here is what is rumored to be on the back of the dust cover:
“They say you cannot go home again, and that is as true as a knife . . .”
A man returns to his childhood village seeking comfort in memories of his youth and the friend who long ago transformed his life.
Once upon a time in a rural English town, an eleven-year-old girl named Lettie Hempstock shows a little boy the most marvelous, dangerous, and outrageous things beyond his darkest imagination. But an ancient power has been disturbed, and now invasive creatures from beyond the known world are set loose. There is primal horror here, and menace unleashed—within the boy’s family and from the forces that have gathered to consume it.
Determined to have their way, these otherworldly beings will destroy a meddling little boy if he dares to get in the way. It will take calm, courage, and the cleverness of the extraordinary Hempstock women—Lettie, her mother, and her grandmother, to keep him alive. But his survival will come at an unexpected cost. . . .
Storytelling genius Neil Gaiman delivers a whimsical, imaginative, bittersweet, and at times deeply scary modern fantasy about fear, love, magic, sacrifice, and the power of stories to reveal and to protect us from the darkness inside—a moving, terrifying, and elegiac fable for every age.
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