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Tuesday, November 13, 2012


Author Neil Gaiman announced the title of his new “adult-skewing” book via Twitter.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane will be released in summer 2013.

According to Entertainment Weekly, 2013 will be a busy year for Gaiman.

He will also be publishing a picture book called Chu’s Day due out on January 8, 2013.

A second Chu book has already been written, but no release date has been revealed.

Follow this link to check out some of Adam Rex‘s illustrations from the book:

William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins, confirmed the news on their own Twitter page.

In addition, the first book of Gaiman’s new Sandman mini-series is also set for release in 2013.

When Gaiman announced the news about the Sandman project, he claimed that it felt ”literally, like a weight off my chest.”


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, from storytelling genius Neil Gaiman.
It began for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed.
Dark 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 menace unleashed -
within his family and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it.
His only defense is three women, on a farm at the end of the lane. The youngest of them claims that her duckpond is ocean. The oldest can remember the Big Bang.

June 18, 2013 is the date of release. Remember it.  

Oh, HBO is making a series of AMERICAN GODS. And Neil is writing a direct sequel to that landmark book as well.  2013 is the year of Neil.  Now, if only those Mayans were wrong! 

My favorite Neil Gaiman quote? As a former teacher it might be:

“I've been making a list of the things they don't teach you at school.

They don't teach you how to love somebody.

They don't teach you how to be famous.

They don't teach you how to be rich or how to be poor.

They don't teach you how to walk away from someone you don't love any longer.

They don't teach you how to know what's going on in someone else's mind.

They don't teach you what to say to someone who's dying. They don't teach you anything worth knowing.” 



  1. The Happy Whisk:
    Isn't he though? If we could only have a tenth of his sales, right? Or his talent! :-)

  2. Sounds like Neil is saying they didn't teach us about LIFE in school. (I agree, it was left to the parents, who sometimes defaulted on the duty.)

    Schools should also provide some practical courses (cooking easy meals, how to look for a job, relationships, responsibilities).

  3. D.G.:
    I have always lobbied for your practical courses. What use is school if our students enter life unprepared to live it?

  4. Ashamed to admit I've yet to read any of Gaiman's work -- but I did enjoy the movie Stardust. I'll get there one of these days.

  5. Like Milo, I am ashamed to admit that I've never read Gaiman. Perhaps I should though if he's a favorite of yours...

  6. Milo:
    He wrote Coraline also. But I think you would like AMERICAN GODS to get ready for the HBO series.

    His work has depth. Yet sometimes the storylines takes on the capricious cruelty that life often has. The persistence of courage and compassion of his major characters make his books worthwhile. ODD AND THE FROST GIANTS is a fun read for me and all children at heart as well as THE GRAVEYARD BOOK.

    Thanks for visiting and commenting! I am in between blood runs. Whew!

  7. No, they don't teach life lessons in school.
    Like the horror twist in that story.
    And my apologies - you are officially the last post in my blogger buddy file and I'm sorry it took all day to get here!

  8. Alex:
    When your last name begins with Y, you are used to being the last in most lists! :-) I'm just happy you visit at all.

  9. Hi Roland .. those Teacher quotes are so so true .. and should be hung up everywhere ... we're not taught to think any more.

    That last sentence rings true in my mind ... cheers Hilary