Along with China Mieville, Neil is one of my favorite writers. He’s also one of my favorite people. He has signed at The Signed Page, been in my home, and is as delightful as his accent can make him be. Beyond that though, he is kind. He is witty. And when conversations of worth arise, he always brings an interesting viewpoint.
The next few years are going to be extremely interesting for Neil and us fantasy readers. He has signed a deal with HBO for the cable network to adapt American Gods, one of my favorite novels of all time. Neil has shared that he will be writing a direct sequel to that novel as well. Many thought he would be tackling that now while the iron is proverbially hot. I thought it would happen without a doubt.
But not the case. Instead, Neil wrote The Ocean At the End of the Lane! Why is this a good thing? It means more reading enjoyment because I did not expect it!
Here is a bit more about The Ocean At the End of the Lane:
The Ocean At The End of the Lane is a novel about memory and magic and survival, about the power of stories and the darkness inside each of us.
It began for our narrator forty years ago when he was seven: the lodger stole the family’s car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Creatures from beyond the world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive: there is primal horror here, and a menace unleashed — within his family, and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it.
His only defense is three women, on a ramshackle farm at the end of the lane. The youngest of them claims that her duckpond is an ocean. The oldest can remember the Big Bang.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a fable that reshapes modern fantasy: moving, terrifying and elegiac — as pure as a dream, as delicate as a butterfly’s wing, as dangerous as a knife in the dark.
The book appears to be a fable of sorts but Neil has said on his website it is a very personal novel. He is nervous about it. I can only say I’m happy about that. When great authors push themselves in their craft of writing and are nervous about how it will be received, they often create their best work.
For someone like Neil, from what I can tell, he is continually pushing himself.
The Ocean At the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman will publish June 18, 2013!
More when we know it!