A Review of The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman

The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil GaimanDelightful, Enchanting and Scary

Review by Rowan Randol

Do you remember what it feels like to be a child, able to believe in the possibility of magic? This book transported me back to, once again, believing in the delightful world of make believe … or is it?

The story starts off with a death and a funeral, in which the now grown, unnamed man and our narrator, takes a seemingly aimless drive to “kill Time”. He finds himself at the house of a childhood friend named Lettie Hempstock and begins to reflect on his adventures with her and her pond at the end of the lane.

This is where Gaiman begins to masterfully weave magical elements into reality so brilliantly that one wonders if maybe, just maybe, it is possible. Read more »

A Review of The Afterlife of Emerson Tang by Paula Champa

Champa coverThe Afterlife of Emerson Tang by Paula Champa Metaphysical, Elegant Treatment of Family and the Afterlife.

Review by M.C. Boyes

Although the plot revolves around the wealthy collector Emerson Tang and a car, this is really the story of Beth, Emerson’s archivist.

Beth has had trouble connecting with other people, ever since a painful near-death experience as a child. She has felt a lack of direction and a distance from other people, as if a wall of glass separates her from life. In the process of helping the dying Emerson settle his affairs, Beth grapples with the question of why she’s alive, and discovers a web of connection between herself, Emerson, his family, her family, a famous artist, and yes, that car. Read more »