I’ve acquired a few of his books since learning about him but this one had been sitting on my shelf for over a year. Turns out I’m kicking myself for not reading it sooner. Not only is it an incredibly easy and quick read (I read it in a 24 hour period) it’s completely captivating.
The story is mystical and magical and nothing at all what I was expecting. I don’t really even know what I was expecting out of this book but it was so much better. It’s filled with life and excitement and will keep you turning the page even if it means staying up long after you said you would turn out the lights.
This book is filled with friendship, love, death, and monsters. I wasn’t expecting the book to be as dark and haunting as it is. The theme of lost innocence and being trapped by evil runs rampant throughout the novel but it lends itself perfectly to the story. It will make you stop and think about how the world around you can change at the drop of a hat. Things aren’t always what they seem, people aren’t who you really think, and what are you to do then? Sinister themes aside though, it’s not all doom and gloom. There is a hopefulness and whimsy to it that can only come when you’re able to see the ocean inside of the pond.
The world’s that Gaiman creates are unlike any other and you find yourself fully immersed in them. It’s almost impossible to not feel like they are real. This book could best be described as a fantasy or even a fairytale for adults but it’s also so much more. Gaiman truly is in a class of his own when it comes to his novels.
“Adults are content to walk the same way, hundreds of times, or thousands; perhaps it never occurs to adults to step off the paths, to creep beneath rhododendrons, to find the spaces between fences.”