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Avatar for Scott Lommen Scott Lommen said:
Gaiman is one-of-a-kind! He remembers what its like to be seven years old, and expresses it brilliantly. I only wish this book were a thousand pages longer.
posted Jun 22, 2013 at 1:40PM
Avatar for Grandma Barbara Grandma Barbara said:
Man comes back to his childhood home and begins to recall a nightmarish, magical adventure he’d had at the age of seven. The characters are well drawn and the plot is compelling. The boy’s unsophisticated struggle with whom to trust and how to make sense of suddenly dangerous adult behavior are heart-wrenching. An excellent read.
posted Aug 3, 2013 at 2:55PM
Avatar for Marsap Marsap said:
In the newest Neil Gaiman novel, a middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a remarkable family, the Hempstocks—Lettie (a 11 year old or is she??), her mother and grandmother. Though he hasn’t thought of them for years, as he sits by the pond (a pond that she'd claimed was an ocean) the past comes flooding back. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. His death put in motion a series of events that put the boy and the Hempstock family in danger. The novel explores themes of sacrifice, boundaries, bravery, things remembered and how monsters are not always who or what they seem. I have loved the other Gaiman books that I have read and this was no exception. The book is magical, horrifying, haunting and beautiful all at the same time. Though it is described as an adult novel—I would say it is closer to YA. I found similar themes in Gaiman’s book the Graveyard Book (which I enjoyed a little more than this one). 4 out of 5 stars.
posted Sep 17, 2013 at 2:16PM
Avatar for Brookdale Library Staff Brookdale Library Staff said:
This is a book you can read in one sitting, drawn in by the compelling characters and storyline. Or, you could savor it, unpacking the layers of dark intrigue Gaiman has created. I read it in one sitting and will savor it next time. - Karen H.
posted Feb 18, 2014 at 2:11PM
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main characters Unnamed
Age: 7
Discovers the neighbors who live at the end of the lane are immortals; becomes friends with Lettie; learns there is evil in his town.

Lettie Hempstock
Age: 11
Becomes friends with unnamed; shows him that the pond on their street is really an ocean; travels to another realm via the ocean.

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