[DWJ] Gaiman's Ocean at the End of the Lane

Victoria Herridge victoriaherridge at mac.com
Thu Jul 11 10:48:42 EDT 2013

When I read a review of The Ocean at the end of the Road, I tweeted that it looked like Gaiman was channeling Fire & hemlock by DWJ. He replied to my tweet (!!) to say he'd been 'flashing Time of the Ghost while writing it'


On 11 Jul 2013, at 15:26, Martha Hixon wrote:

> All,
> I have not yet read more than the jacket blurb of *Ocean *(since I just got
> it last night) but based on that, it did seem *Fire&Hemlock*-ish. However,
> I was at a reading last night here in Nashville, and the audience was
> allowed to ask questions. I asked if it was influenced by *F&H* and he said
> no, though *Time of the Ghost *was likely an influence since *Ocean* is
> very much based on his own boyhood memories (something he talked about with
> us, but also has posted on various blogs).
> It was a lovely reading. We had huge thunderstorms roll through during the
> presentation, and he said that if that ever happened, he'd read from the
> chapter that occurs during a thunderstorm, which he did. He reads his work
> wonderfully, as anyone who's heard the audiobooks knows, and the passage
> was very scary (and yes, very *Time*-ish). He then had a surprise guest:
> Bella Fleck, who lives in Nashville and who became friends with Neil
> through *The Graveyard Book*, came out and did background banjo music to
> Neil's reading from the forthcoming *Fortunately, the Milk. *Neil then
> stayed to sign books for over a thousand people, and he did it graciously,
> though clearly tired from the road trip.
> It was a great evening.
> Martha
> Dr. Martha P. Hixon
> Department of English
> Middle Tennessee State University
> Murfreesboro, TN 37132
> 615-898-2599 / martha.hixon at mtsu.edu
> On Mon, Jul 8, 2013 at 12:19 AM, rohina <rohinax at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi All
>> Some friends of mine in my Facebook book group were talking about how this
>> book STRONGLY reminds us of DWJ (no bad thing). Has anyone read it? I get a
>> huge Fire and Hemlock vibe, but I don't want to do spoilers if people are
>> not yet finished.
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