THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE – Neil Gaiman

A lovely, almost sweet story, a different kind of Gaiman story

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Ocean at End  There’s reality, there’s something approximating reality, and there’s magic.  And who is to say which is which?

Neil Gaiman is a writer of fantasy fiction, and has written something like twenty books, and the line between whether they are for children, young adults, or adults is really really blurry.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane is the memories of a grown man of when he was seven years old, and the strange things that happened.  When you are seven, some magical things seem quite like reality, while ‘real’ things have a definite magical quality to them.  (Electricity, television and the telephone leap immediately to mind.)

The remembrances are told in a lyrical way that make them so real that you begin to lose your own sense of the boundary between what passes for reality today, and what is sliding off the edge into a magical realm.

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AMERICAN GODS by Neil Gaiman

One of Gaiman’s best

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200px-American_gods   A while ago, I wrote about Michael Stackpole’s In Hero Years, I’m Dead, a story about superheros who are aging and retiring.  A funny/serious book that speaks to our notions of the fantasy and the reality.   In American Gods, Neil Gaiman tells a fantastical tale of the forgotten gods and mythological creatures of the many world cultures, how they came to America in the heads of their devotees and believers, and over time, were forgotten in favor of newer gods, like technology, internet, consumerism, etc.

Gaiman’s central premise is that these gods and creatures of mythology exist because people believed in them.  When people stop believing in them, their powers wane, and they become impotent creatures themselves, scrambling over the centuries and millenia to make a living.

This idea is explored through the story of Shadow, an excon who is finally released from prison after three years, and…

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GOOD OMENS by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

Read this also, although not a Discworld fan, I love anything Gaiman

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good-omensI am ashamed to admit that I had never read anything by Terry Pratchett, although he had written something like 70 books before his very recent death, so I looked up his oeuvre, and discovered this little beauty written with Neil Gaiman back before he (Pratchett) started his Discworld sprawling series.

Pratchett and Gaiman are both fantasy authors of the first water, so I figured it was worth a read, and wowser, was I right.  If fantasy fries your enchiladas, you will love this book.

The tag on this title is The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch.   As we learn in the book,  ‘nice’ is used in the old sense of ‘precise’.  Not ‘nice’ in the sense of, well, nice,  because the book is all about the End of the World, Armageddon, the Apocalypse, which is definitely not nice in the modern sense.

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LEVIATHAN WAKES by James S. A. Corey

Just really liked this book

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LeviathanAs the cover says, a kickass space opera.  Come for the story, stay for the cool sci fi details.  Or come for the cool sci fi details and stay for the wonderful noir detective on Ceres.  Or come for the noir detective and stay for the idealistic if somewhat naive XO of a water hauler who becomes something of a hero.  Or come for the hero and stay for the kickass chick who becomes a plant.

Apparently this is written by two guys, fantasy author Daniel Abraham, and Ty Franck, assistant to George R. R. Martin., using the pen name James S. A. Corey.

It is a really really good sci fi thriller, with a fully settled and colonized Mars at odds with Earth, politics being politics, and lots of asteroid belt colonies, like the one on Ceres.   There is a whole industry of ships hauling ice asteroids back to…

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