WWW Wednesdays #28 – February 25th

wwwwednesdaysOriginally featured at Should Be Reading and now hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words, WWW WEDNESDAYS is still about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

doctorsleepI’m currently about half way into Doctor Sleep by Stephen King, the sequel to the famous The Shining novel. I loved reading the first book last year and I’m excited to be visiting Danny Torrance and his special powers again. The book is awesome so far, and I absolutely love the Abra character! I have a feeling this one will get a high rating…

 

  • What did you recently finish reading?

thesecretgardentheoceanattheendofthelaneI’m finished The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman the other week and I absolutely loved this adult fantasy story with magical realism elements. I’ve just posted my full review! Last Sunday I finally finished reading The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett as well. I’m ashamed to admit it’s my first read of this story…  I didn’t understand every Yorkshire line, but I loved the fact that it will hopefully inspire children to explore the world outside! A full review will be posted tomorrow…

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

gardensofthemoonGardens Of The Moon by Steven Erikson is still waiting for me next… I have been wanting to read this one for ages now, so maybe I should just kick myself and finally read it. Although I might be tempted by another novel when I finish my current read…

BOOK REVIEW: The Ocean At The End Of The Lane – by Neil Gaiman

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Title: The Ocean At The End Of The Lane
Author: Neil Gaiman
Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Magical Realism
First published: June 18th 2013
Finished reading: February 18th 2015
Pages: 255
Rating 4,5

“That’s the trouble with living things. Don’t last very long. Kittens one day, old cats the next. And then just memories. And the memories fade and blend and smudge together.”

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After reading American Gods and The Graveyard Book last year, I instantly became a Neil Gaiman fan. His prose is easy to read and highly enjoyable, and I like the magical realism, myths and fantasy elements he incorporates into his stories. The Ocean At The End Of The Lane is no exception. While this novel has a slightly different feel than the other two I’ve mentioned, I still highly enjoyed this story. I haven’t read many books which fall under the magical realism genre other than those by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Isabel Allende, so I’m pleasantly surprised this novel ended up being just as good. It’s a modern fairy tale story full of magic that will end up enchanting you completely if you let it. The unnamed male character travels back to his childhood and back to a world where everything seems possible. Warning, The Ocean At The End Of The Lane is actually quite a dark and haunting story that is not really suited for little ones… But it will transport you back to your own childhood and the brilliant prose makes you read this story like a dream. Definitely recommended to fantasy fans!

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When a man travels back to his childhood home to attend a funeral, he didn’t realize he was about to travel back to his own childhood as well. Without knowing why, he goes back to the farm at the end of the lane where, when he was seven, a girl named Lettie Hempstock used to live. She was a very special girl, and soon memories start coming back of how remarkable she really was. But this past he starts to remember is too strange to be true, or is it? It all starts with the little pond behind the farmhouse she used to call an ocean…

A man that had visited his house all those forty year ago ended up killing himself in a stolen car at the end of the lane, and soon strange things are starting to happen. Something scary and dark was unleashed as the man died, and the little boy couldn’t understand what was really happening. But little Lettie and her family did know, and they decide to get rid of the darkness… Although that might not be that easy.

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It’s hard to describe this story without taking its magic away, so I’ve decided to keep the summary short. What I can say is that if you like reading fantasy and magical realism novels, you will probably enjoy reading The Ocean At The End Of The Lane as much as I did. Lettie is a great character and even though Ursula does become annoying, it’s mostly because she has to be that way for the story to make sense. The kitten in the story makes me want to name my own black kitten Ocean by the way; awesome name, although it doesn’t work well in Spanish…

WWW Wednesdays #27 – February 18th

wwwwednesdaysOriginally featured at Should Be Reading and now hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words, WWW WEDNESDAYS is still about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

theoceanattheendofthelanethesecretgardenI’m about to finish The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman, and I must say I’m absolutely loving this adult fantasy story with magical realism elements. I have a feeling this one will have a high rating! And since I’m going to start The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett today, I’m counting this classic as one of my current reads as well. This one is part of my TBR pile challenge and I’m looking forward finally reading it.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

beautifulruinsI finished Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter the other day, and I cannot say I’m impressed much. I enjoyed the chapters set in Italy; the descriptions just made me want to travel to Italy straight away. The other chapters: a lot of cliches, too much romance involved… Not that good. A full review will be posted later this week.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

gardensofthemoonI will probably finally give in and read Gardens Of The Moon by Steven Erikson. I have been wanting to read this one for ages now, and I guess it is about time I read it. Although I might end up reading a mystery/thriller/crime novel instead…

Teaser Tuesdays #30 – February 17th: The Ocean At The End Of The Lane

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TEASER TUESDAYS is a weekly book meme originally featured at Should Be Reading. To participate, just open the book you are currently reading to a random page, and choose two ‘teaser’ sentences from somewhere on that page. (no spoilers!)

I’ve just started reading The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman. This book has been on my TBR pile for ages after having read and loved other books by the same author. I’m so glad I’m finally reading this one! 😀

theoceanattheendofthelane“Ursula Monkton smiled, and the lightnings wreathed and writhed about her. She was power incarnate, standing in the crackling air. She was the storm, she was the lightning, she was the adult world with all its power and it’s secrets and all its foolish casual cruelty.”

 

What are you reading right now?

Top Ten Tuesday #8 – September 23rd: Books On My Spring TBR

toptentuesday The Broke And The Bookish presents us every week a new top ten with a different theme. And this Tuesday’s theme is the Top Ten Books On My Fall Spring TBR list. Since I live in Argentina and the seasons are different here, I made a little alteration so the list will fit in with the current season I will be enjoying. (Spring is my favorite season! 😀 ) I tried to put together a varied list with a lot of different genres and themes:

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