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The Ocean at the End of the Lane
The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel | Neil Gaiman
A major new work from "a writer to make readers rejoice" (Minneapolis Star Tribune)a moving story of memory, magic, and survivalSussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn't thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she'd claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettiemagical, comforting, wise beyond her yearspromised to protect him, no matter what.A groundbreaking work from a master, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human, and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out. It is a stirring, terrifying, and elegiac fable as delicate as a butterfly's wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark.
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I‘ve never gone to a book club and I‘ve never read this book but I have always wanted to. Perhaps this will be my first book club meeting...?

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coffeebooksandmagicmascara
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Mehso-so

This was not my favorite book that I‘ve read this year. It left me somewhat confused and that could be because I do not typically gravitate towards reading these types of books. I liked the underlying meaning of what I took out of the book though, that you must work trough your struggles to get past them and move on and that even on the darkest of days there are people who will stand beside you and fight with you or even for you!

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Pickpick

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟I can‘t praise this book enough. Its beautiful and dedicated prose stands next to nothing except perfection in all its intricacies and complexities. Neil Gaiman is a master wordsmith like no other. I was pulled in so absolutely I almost forgot where my life began and this wondrous story ended... so interwoven I became that it took me such awhile to gain my footing again. Enjoy away avid readers.

TK421 This is one of my favorite Gaiman books! 2w
MiyakoBunny @TK421 I can definitely see why! & Its become the same for me too 🤗🤗🤗 2w
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Pickpick

I listened to the audiobook of this, and while I like that Gaiman reads all this own books and is so quick to embrace all forms of media, I get the feeling I would have liked this even more in print. I loved the characters though, especially Lettie. #authoramonth @Soubhiville

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rather_be_reading

Nobody actually looks like what they really are on the inside....People are much more complicated than that.

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rather_be_reading

I felt safe. It was as if the essence of grandmotherliness had been condensed into that one place...

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rather_be_reading

Growing up, I took many cues from books. They taught me most of what I knew about what people did, about how to behave.

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rather_be_reading

I went away in my head into a book. That was where I went whenever real life was too hard...

ju.ca.no 💙 4w
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rather_be_reading

Adults follow paths. Children explore.

ju.ca.no True😍 4w
TheHungryBookworms I live this book 3w
rather_be_reading @ju.ca.no ikr 3w
rather_be_reading @TheHungryBookworms it was pretty good. Fantasy is not my fav, but it was great. 3w
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rather_be_reading

I lived in books more than I lived anywhere else.

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rather_be_reading

I lay on the bed and lost myself in the stories...Books were safer than other people anyway.

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rather_be_reading

First line: It was only a duck pond, out at the back if the farm.

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Pickpick

This was nothing what I had expected! I think this is the first book Ive read that the main character & narrator did NOT have a name. Basically, the MC visits his former childhood home after a funeral and is reminded of his mystical childhood when he was 7 years old when very strange things were happening including a babysitter from hell!

allureofbeauty I enjoyed the audio of that one. Good book. 4w
ju.ca.no I love this one😍 4w
GrilledCheeseSamurai I. Love. This. Book. ❤️📖❤️ 4w
rather_be_reading @allureofbeauty i can definitely see that being good on audio! 3w
rather_be_reading @GrilledCheeseSamurai i don't love fantasy, but this one was great. 3w
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Lunch book date

wanderinglynn Lunch book dates are the best dates I‘ve ever had. 😂 4w
rather_be_reading @wanderinglynn ditto! i enjoy them immensely! 4w
OnlyYoo Love spaghetti but always worry I‘ll splatter my book 😅 obviously I can‘t eat like an adult yet 4w
rather_be_reading @OnlyYoo lmao!! oh i definitely splattered 🙄 3w
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Book 143 of 2019
#tbrlist #myfirstgaiman

vumblereads This was my first Gaiman book too and this was where I started to like his style of writing. 4w
InBooksILive 143! Wow, I envy you! 4w
Oldschool_millenial This one was my first Gaiman book. I later learned he wrote the English screenplay/dub for "Princess Mononoke" 4w
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OriginalCyn620 This was my first Gaiman too! 4w
rather_be_reading @vumblereads it was very interesting for sure! 4w
Oldschool_millenial Whoop! I meant Coraline was my first. Forgot to tag the book 😅😅😅😅 I AM looking forward to reading Ocean at the End of the Lane, though 4w
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For @erzascarletbookgasm

Last one. It's a gorgeous book. If these pics did anything for you you'll love it. I mean...you already know how good the story is sooo. 👌

Kalalalatja Stunning! 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Thank you!! The illustrations are beautiful. This was my first Gaiman 💜. Perhaps it‘s due for a reread with this edition, ahem! 1mo
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For @erzascarletbookgasm

All the pictures in the book are black and white or sepia and are scratchy in style. 😊

DuckOfDoom And now I ordered the illustrated edition. 😂 1mo
GrilledCheeseSamurai @DuckOfDoom 👏👍👏 It's very pretty. 🤩 1mo
amanda__reads__horror Gorgeous!! 4w
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GrilledCheeseSamurai
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For @erzascarletbookgasm here's the very first page. 😊

IndoorDame Beautiful! I just started this on audio, but I think I would be much more captivated by this version. 1mo
CoffeeCatsBooks Okay, and now I‘m going to have to get this version too! 1mo
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GrilledCheeseSamurai
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A peek inside one of the pages of the new illustrated edition!

This is definitely the best way to read this book! Highly recommend this edition if you have never read this story before - or if you already have and are a fan.

I can't wait to read through it again. ❤️

erzascarletbookgasm Can show more pics of this edition please? I‘m tempted to get it although I own the novel. 1mo
Sweetkokoro Ah I read the novel version a few months back and got excited when I found out about this edition! Now I know for sure I need it!! I love the art style used! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Love illustrated editions where the illustrations embrace the text. Reminds me of A Monster Calls. 1mo
BookwormM Looks gorgeous stacked 1mo
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The new illustrated edition is 😍

wanderinglynn 😍😍😍 That‘s going to be must-have for my Gaiman collection. Thanks for sharing! 1mo
Kalalalatja Okay, I need this in my life 😍😍 1mo
Branwen WHOA! 😍 1mo
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GrilledCheeseSamurai
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I literally just stepped into work for the night & got this notification. 😫

I was waiting for it allllll morning/afternoon.

Oh well. At least now I have something to look forward to when I get home. 🤷🏼‍♂️

Ocean at the End of the Lane is in top 3 favorite Gaiman for me so I'm crazy excited to see what the illustrated version looks like. 😁

ImperfectCJ Ooh! I didn't know there was an illustrated edition of this one! 1mo
DrexEdit What?! There's an illustrated version? *fires up the Amazon shopping app* 😊👍 1mo
GrilledCheeseSamurai @ImperfectCJ @DrexEdit It just came out this week! 😍😍😍 1mo
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DrexEdit @GrilledCheeseSamurai this is part of what I love about Litsy. I might never have known about this edition! 1mo
ValerieAndBooks Wow! Good to know, I just finished reading it from the library and thinking I should have a copy of my own. 1mo
TracyReadsBooks My brother-in-law surprised me with a signed (and personalized) copy of this book when it first came out. It is one of my most treasured possessions—love the book and can‘t wait to see the illustrated edition! 1mo
GrilledCheeseSamurai @DrexEdit #BlameItOnLitsy reads and purchases are a real thing! 😅 1mo
GrilledCheeseSamurai @TracyReadsBooks that's an awesome book to have personalized! 👌 1mo
GrilledCheeseSamurai @ValerieAndBooks It will look soooo good on your shelf. 😍 1mo
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This novel, by Neil Gaiman, really had me racing through the story! As such, I must reread again soon to catch the intricacies of this unforgettable story that felt like a mythological re-telling. I loved it.

Will catch my breath with some other book(s) before reading more of Gaiman for #authoramonth.

KarenUK I loved this one... partly because it‘s setting was so familiar ( I was born and grew up in Sussex) ... and the writing is lovely 💕 1mo
readordierachel I loved it too 🧡 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @KarenUK I know the writing is lovely but I didn‘t linger over it as long as I should have because I wanted to know what happened! So I know I will reread at some point. Setting can really add to the reading experience, especially if you relate to it and/or familiar with the locale 💖. 1mo
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ValerieAndBooks @readordierachel 👍! if you‘ve read others by Gaiman, would you say this was your favorite? 1mo
readordierachel I've only read Neverwhere and Norse Mythology, and though I really enjoyed them both, yes I would say this is my favorite. I was more moved by it. 1mo
Reggie I‘m so glad you liked this one. 1mo
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November ‘s #authoramonth is Neil Gaiman. Starting tagged e-book from library! Maybe The Graveyard Book, from my TBR, will be next— depends on how soon the two other Gaimans come off my library holds. I‘ve only read one short story collection of his previously, so we‘ll see how it goes this month!

TheSpineView I loved both of these!😍 1mo
JacqMac These are two of my favourites from him. I either really love his books or really hate them. There‘s no middle. Lol 1mo
tjwill I ❤️ Neil Gaiman! 1mo
Reggie The tagged book is like a beautiful adult fairy tale. Hope you like it!! 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @TheSpineView @JacqMac @tjwill @Reggie So far I‘m liking it and its suspenseful overtones! 1mo
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Moony
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Oh I forgot to update my bingo card #bookbingo. With the book I got a bingo so new categories will arrived for my next reading. 😁

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Pickpick

Loved it even more the second time around. This ending is still my favorite ending of any book. Book 1 for #AuthorAMonth done. @Soubhiville

Linsy I need to reread this one!! I loved it the first time too 💙 1mo
ShyBookOwl I'll be reading this for book club during the winter! 1mo
madamereadsalot1 @ShyBookOwl you're in for a treat!😊 1mo
Soubhiville It‘s one of my favorites by him! 1mo
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Started my #authoramonth this evening and am a little over halfway through my reread of Ocean. Lining up my next, which will be Odd and the Frost Giants. I've read all the Gaiman books I own already, but I always reread 1 or 2 of his every year anyhow. I hope A View from the Cheap Seats will become available at the library this month. It's been on my TBR forever and I had intended to mark it off this year anyway.

@Soubhiville

jb72 I liked Ocean and Odd and Graveyard. I read them all this year and thoroughly enjoyed them. 1mo
madamereadsalot1 @jb72 I'm glad you liked them! He's my favorite, so I'm totally biased and think he probably even poops gold! 😂 What's your favorite Gaiman experience? Mine is American Gods, followed by Anansi Boys and Neverwhere. 1mo
jb72 @madamereadsalot1 I‘ve only read about 18 of his stories (mostly short). Art Matters was very good and I loved Coraline. Neverwhere was the first Gaiman book I read a few years ago. A Study in Emerald was pretty good too. 1mo
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Scochrane26 I still have several of his to read, but I‘m slowly making progress. Think my fave at this point is also American Gods. 1mo
madamereadsalot1 @Scochrane26 he has a lot to work through between comics, novels, kids books, short stories, and a couple of non-fic. I'm not done with all of his either! Everytime I think I'm nearly caught up, I find out about something else! 1mo
madamereadsalot1 @jb72 his short story collections are so good. Really show his versatility in storytelling! I adore his Fragile Things collection. And Coraline, in all its versions, is a definite favorite in this household! If you haven't gotten to The Graveyard Book, I would use this month as an excuse! I'm sure you'd love it! 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm My favourite is The Graveyard Book. I still need to read Anansi Boys. 1mo
madamereadsalot1 @erzascarletbookgasm you must read it! It's weird and amazing! 1mo
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Yesterday I finished this book. I need very long, because it's very stressy for me at the moment and this book isn't very thrilling. Perhaps I don't understand the books of Neil Gaiman, but I always ask myself What? and Why? I don't like the persons and I need more background informations. The book was too short for me.

#fantasy

Moony The points for #scarathlon are 1 pt for reading and 1 pt for #scarySavengerHunt bescause one character dies. So 2 pt for #teamslaughter @Clwojick 2mo
Clwojick 🙌 🙌 🙌 🙌 2mo
Buechersuechtling I couldn‘t understand all the enthusiasm for this book, either. I very much felt like you did when I read it. There is so much weirdness in the story and so few explanation. I‘m sure it‘s me but that I can accept in very narrow limits, only. You see, “Neverwhere” I loved; “Anansi Boys” was okay but already a bit exaggerated for my taste. So from “The Ocean …” on I‘m biased/sceptical towards his books … And it‘s nice to not be alone with this. 2mo
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"this apps dead nevermind" - neil gaymang

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Cathythoughts Great cover 3mo
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Moony
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Last book for #12Littens12books anf we're waiting for the doc. It's nothing dramatical and I hope I only hyperbolism. #catsoflitsy

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emz711
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No book yesterday, just friends and knitting. Have a good weekend everyone!

#nobook #nofilter #friends #knit

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I‘m adoring this book!!

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sydneytuckerjr
Pickpick

I thought this book was very well written it was so good and unique I enjoyed everything about it there was some parts that surprised me and there were some parts that made me feel sad and some that made me feel happy through it all I give this story ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ five stars

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ShyBookOwl
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#bookhaul

Went shopping 😍📚

Ericalambbrown Dang! You've got some good stuff there! Nice job. Hope you love the Gaimans as much as I do. 3mo
Nute Looks like some really cool editions especially for We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Northhanger Abbey. 3mo
ShyBookOwl @Nute yes! I'll have to post some cover shots 🤓 3mo
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ShyBookOwl @Ericalambbrown thx! I love Neverwhere. Excited to check out the other one. 3mo
Twainy Where did you shop? 🥰 3mo
ShyBookOwl @Twainy Chapters 3mo
KathyWheeler I‘ve read all those books, except Winter, and enjoyed them all. 3mo
ShyBookOwl @KathyWheeler awesome! I've read all except The Ocean (Gaiman) and Northanger Abbey. Looking forward to both. 3mo
Scochrane26 Ocean was my 1st Gaiman. I have Neverwhere but haven‘t read yet. I love P&P, but Northanger Abbey is usually my fave Austen. 3mo
ShyBookOwl @Scochrane26 Neverwhere was my first Gaiman :) I really like it. Dark but funny. 3mo
ShyBookOwl @Scochrane26 I actually haven't read any Austen yet 😳 Northanger Abbey will be my first! 3mo
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Pickpick

This was an amazing fairy tale for grown ups. The narrator, a seven-year-old who can still appreciate the wonder and mystery of the world, takes readers on a journey to discover a secret world hidden among the mundane activities of daily life. This is a book about all of the amazing things we forget to remember as we age.

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1. Really loved this one!
2. My father called me Tita (short for chiquita = little girl)
3. Onion rings with campfire sauce (Red Robin)
4. Just family time and reading 😊
5. 2 - English and Spanish

@howjessreads #friyayintro

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So so so excited to finally get my hands on this one! I really hope it‘s as good as everyone claims it to be! 😬 Any fans? 🤓

wanderinglynn One of my faves. ❤️ Then again, I love all of Gaiman‘s work. 4mo
Mishu94 @wanderinglynn this is my second read by him! I read American Gods and now this! Which one do you like the best? 😬 4mo
wanderinglynn It‘s hard to pick a fave because they‘re all so different and all so amazing. But if I have to pick faves, I‘d go with Ocean, Good Omen, The Graveyard Book, and Coraline. And Neverwhere. (edited) 4mo
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Mishu94 @wanderinglynn I really hope I like this one! Then I‘ll surely read his other work! So excited 😬 4mo
wanderinglynn I‘ll be interested to hear what you think! 😀 4mo
Mishu94 @wanderinglynn I‘ll let you know as soon as I‘m done! 😄 4mo
AllieLovesBooks I‘m a fan! 💙 4mo
Mishu94 @AllieLovesBooks I really liked it aswell! 🤗 4mo
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Woohoo! 24 hours done!!

I'm going to celebrate my victory by finishing this book in the morning, I'm off to bed now, haha

#24in48 @24in48 #readathon #victoryismine

parttimedomestic Great job! 🎉🎉🎉 5mo
Megabooks Awesome!! 🍾💃🏻🎉🎉🥳🥳👏🏻👏🏻 5mo
CuriousG Congrats on getting 24 hours in! 5mo
LibrarianRyan Yeah. ⭐️💗👍 5mo
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So here it is, my final choice for the #24in48 #readathon

I'm in the UK, so I have until 5am to finish the 24 hours, but I'm certainly hoping to be asleep at that time, haha

#NeilGaiman #NeilGaimanisalegend @24in48

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1. I read this one a while ago, but it solidified my love for him. :)
2. Depends on the day- today is crunchy!
3. Sunrise (when I‘m awake to see it!)
4. I‘d probably buy furniture or new appliances, which officially makes me an adult 😂
5. Fourth grade- I remember my teacher giving impactful lessons and making an impression on me like no other educator before. She had a recess book club, had a pet hamster, and had a big heart. ❤️
#friyayintro

howjessreads Same answers to numbers 4 and 5! 5mo
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Neil Gaiman is a genius in my book. Such an interesting plot, VERY sympathetic characters, and vivid details of such imaginative/fictional creatures and settings. His narration brings out my inner child where I hang on his every word and get lost in his story. It was at times creepy, but in an intriguing way. Mostly, it was magical.

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1. "I lay on the bed and lost myself in the stories. I liked that. Books were safer than other people anyway." Neil Gaiman
2. Yu Mo Gui Gwai Fai Di Zao (it's from the old Jackie Chan cartoon. It translates to something like spirits, demons, monsters, leave. I say it a lot. Lol!)
3. It is what it is.
4. Yer a wizard, Harry.

#hellothursday @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Great answers! I especially like Q2! 👍🏻 Thanks for playing! 😀 5mo
sudi I love the answer to the 2nd one 😄 5mo
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Neil Gaiman has set the bar really high and ruined other narrators for me. Loving this audiobook so far.

Scochrane26 This was my first Gaiman book. 5mo
jen_the_scribe @Scochrane26 How did you like it? 5mo
Scochrane26 @jen_the_scribe I really liked it (read it a few yrs ago for a book challenge). I have read a few more of his since. 5mo
Cathythoughts Love that floaty cover 👍🏻♥️ 5mo
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I went away in my head, into a book. That was where I went whenever real life was too hard or too inflexible.

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She really was pretty, for a grown-up, but when you are seven, beauty is an abstraction, not an imperative.

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Pickpick

I actually don‘t usually like reading Neil Gaiman, I prefer listening. But I needed a quick read and this was buried in our Kindle library so decided to give it a shot. Glad I did. Fun story with a little twist at the end.

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Pickpick

Loved this creepy dark fantastical book!

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jen_the_scribe

I love Gaiman's work, excited to read this one.