For a limited time, you can download the first three chapters of The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman for free through your preferred ebook retailer.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane is Gaiman’s most recent literary masterpiece, about a man who returns to the site of his childhood home. There, years before, he knew a girl named Lettie Hempstock who showed him the most marvelous, dangerous, and outrageous things, but when he gets there he learns that nothing is as he remembered. Not only was The Ocean at the End of the Lane a #1 New York Times bestseller in hardcover, it also received universally rave reviews. Here’s just a small sampling of what the critics said:
“[W]orthy of a sleepless night . . . a fairy tale for adults that explores both innocence lost and the enthusiasm for seeing what’s past one’s proverbial fence . . . Gaiman is a master of creating worlds just a step to the left of our own.”
— USA Today
“[A]n elegiacally creepy story about a young boy who discovers a great deal more about the magic and terror of the grown-up world than even his wildest imagination could conjure.”
— Tulsa World
“[A] strange, mesmerizing and often terrifying adventure that probes the often unreachable corners of human memory, nostalgia and wonder.”
“Remarkable . . . wrenchingly, gorgeously elegiac. . . . [I]n The Ocean at the End of the Lane, [Gaiman] summons up childhood magic and adventure while acknowledging their irrevocable loss, and he stitches the elegiac contradictions together so tightly that you won’t see the seams.”
— Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
No doubt, there are many readers out there who may have never read Neil Gaiman, or who haven’t yet read The Ocean at the End of the Lane. If you are one of them, why not download the first three chapters for free, no strings attached? Give it a read—you might just find yourself caught up in Gaiman’s gorgeous, ethereal, and literary novel, and wanting to read the rest of The Ocean at the End of the Lane. If that ends up being the case (as I strongly suspect it will be), you can treat yourself to a signed paperback copy—available for pre-order exclusively through R. J. Julia.