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The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Neil Gaiman
A brilliantly imaginative and poignant fairy tale from the modern master of wonder and terror, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is Neil Gaiman’s first new novel for adults since his #1 New York Times...

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First week of the month, so of course there are a lot of bookclub starts. River of Teeth, by Sarah Gailey for this sub's club, then r/bookclub has The Tempest, by William Shakspeare as well as A Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy Toole. I'm also starting The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman for my Year of Reddit.

Finishes were a bit lacking, starting with The Very Thing That Happens, but Russell Edson which is a collection of single or half page prose poems, basically. Really weird but occasionally funny. Not sure why I read it to be honest. Much more amusing was Fluke, by Christopher Moore, which I read on the tail of last month's selection of Noir for the r/books bookclub. It was a fun read.

And funnier than that, but much more besides, was Laughter in the Dark, by Vladimir Nabokov. I grabbed it (the English edition) at a library sale on the assumption that any Nabokov would be worthwhile, and was not disappointed. The writing is great, but not as polished as some of his other (later, I think) work. It is, in some ways, a less beautiful but also much, much less disturbing precursor to Lolita.

edit: Oh! I read a couple Harlan Coben books too, to see what modern thrillers are like. They were worthwhile for their self-aware pulpiness, but I think I'm set for quite a while now