The Ocean At The End Of The Lane


From the publisher:
[I]t’s about about memory and magic and survival, about the power of stories and the darkness inside each of us. The narrator describes a tale that begins when he was seven and a 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.
Such is the description of Neil Gaiman's next novel, The Ocean At The End Of The Lane, due for release later this year (always a thing to look forward to). Sounds fab. And possibly made all the better with the announcement that Focus Films have hired Joe Wright to direct a film adaptation. I'd normally be hesitant to report on a film based on a book before the book is even published, but then again Jurassic Park began existence as a film before the book was even written. Wright, director of period pieces Pride & Prejudice, Atonement, and Anna Karenina, and seventies influenced Hanna, is an interesting choice but certainly a director who has the sort of imaginative eye to capture a Gaimanesque world (Guillermo del Toro and
Henry Selick being the only other two that come to mind quickly, with Robert Zemeckis not at all coming to mind, at all).

The question becomes, will this ever materialise. Gaiman has been hit or miss with associated projects ever developing. Selick and Disney have rather left Graveyard Book by the wayside, a Sandman movie has been right around the corner for twenty years, and who knows if we'll ever actually see the HBO American Gods series. I'm hopeful, but cautious. And truth be told, looking far more to the book then the prospect of a film. Ask me again after I've read the book, and maybe I'll change my mind (I doubt it).

Via /Film.
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Adopting the descriptor of "successfully unpublished author", MR. Clark began writing things on the internet in 2012, which he believed to be an entirely reputable and civilized place to find and deliver information. He regrets much.

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