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‘Ocean’ mixes childhood memories, terror in slim package

After eight years between adult novels, Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane has been much anticipated by his fans. The long-awaited book is slim, but what it lacks in length it makes up for in its dark whimsy.

The novel begins when the narrator, who never is named, returns to his home to give a eulogy and ends up passing time by literally wandering down memory lane.