First Line Fridays: “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” by Neil Gaiman

First Line Fridays

First Line Fridays is a weekly feature hosted by Hording Books.

Today’s FLF line comes from one of my favorite books from one of my all-time favorite author, Neil Gaiman.

Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman



I wore a black suit and a white shirt, a black tie and black shoes, all polished and shiny: clothes that normally would make me feel uncomfortable, as if I were in a stolen uniform, or pretensing to be an adult.





It’s been five years since the last time I read The Ocean at the End of the Lane but still, the story hasn’t left. It’s about a man who comes back to his hometown after being away from it for so long. There he re-discovers things from his childhood which he had forgotten. It left me thinking just how this happens to most of us at one point or another. We grow old and we forget how happy and carefree we once were. We forget the magic we once knew as children.

If you’re interested to read it, here is the link to my review written in 2013. (Wow! It’s been so long. Time flies. 😄)

And, don’t hesitate to comment. I’d love to hear about the first lines of the books you are currently reading.



8 thoughts on “First Line Fridays: “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” by Neil Gaiman

  1. j9reads says:

    My first lines come from Jana Aston’s Good Girl.

    “‘We’re not leaving this bar until you kiss someone.’” Payton says this as if we were in the midst of having a conversation about me kissing someone. We weren’t. I nod all the same because we’re nest friends and I’m used to this kind of outburst from her.”

    I’m featuring lines from Alessandra Torre’s upcoming release Even Money on my blog today. Drop by to check them out!


  2. lelandandbecky says:

    Happy Friday! My first line is from Mail-Order Bride Switch by Dorothy Clark:

    “Garret Stevenson kicked the snow off his boots, climbed the steps to the roofed platform of the Union Pacific Railroad station and stopped.”


  3. Yvette - Bookworlder says:

    One of my current reads is A Proposal to Die For, the first Lady Alkmene Cosy Mystery by Vivian Conroy:

    ‘Marry me.’ The whispered words reached Lady Alkene Callender’s ears just as she was reaching for the gold lighter on the mantelpiece to relight the cigarette in her ivory holder.

    Have a great weekend!

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  4. Beth Erin says:

    I love it when a story sticks with you like that! I just finished reading A Defense of Honor by Kristi Ann Hunter… “Graham, the Viscount Wharton, heir to the earldom of Grableton, pride of the Cambridge fencing team, coveted party guest, and generally well-liked member of both Brook’s and White’s, was bored.”

    Happy reading!

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  5. bellesmoma16 says:

    On my blog, I’m sharing the first line from Tessa Afshar’s upcoming novel, Thief of Corinth, due out in July. Here I will post the first line from the novel I’m about to begin, This Wilderness Journey by Misty Beller.

    November, 1852
    Canadian Rocky Mountains

    “I am the luckiest man alive.”

    Makes you want to read to find out why he’s the luckiest man alive, huh?! Lol! 😊

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  6. Becky says:

    This looks like a great read!! Adding this to my TBR.

    I’m sharing about “No One Ever Asked” by Katie Ganshert on the blog, but I’m currently reading, “The Weaver’s Daughter” by Sarah E. Ladd.

    Alarm’s menacing sting picked Kate Dearborne’s consciousness and hurried her steps.

    Happy reading and have a great weekend!


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