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Not nearly as good as "the ocean at the end of the lane"
on 22 January 2016
I read "the ocean at the end of the lane" on holiday with no real idea of what to expect. Brilliant! Really enjoyed it! So looked for my next Neil Gaiman book to read a few months later and chose this one.
On the plus side the book is well written, the language is engaging, it's definitely not a just a bit of throwaway tat where the author has just dashed it out.
But .. It just didn't do it for me. I kept reading it because I wanted to get it finished (I don't like abandoning a book once I have started it). The first few chapters are quite good, original, some interesting ideas on death, for example. But then it just gets samey and a bit of a slog. And the end is really pretty predictable, apart from one big twist,
It's put me off Gaiman for now to be honest. But I guess I enjoyed the first one so may try again for my next summer holiday.