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The Ocean at the End of the Lane
by Neil Gaiman

Publicly voted the UK’s 2013 National Book of the Year, Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane claws at the doors to the dark side of your imagination. The story begins with a man returning to the neighborhood of his youth where he is subconsciously drawn to the Hempstock’s farm at the end of the lane where an old friend, Lettie, lived as a girl. There he sits near a pond and begins to remember the events of forty years ago, including a suicide that started a terrifying chain of incidents. While not intended for children, the majority of the story is told from the perspective of a seven year old and appeals to the vulnerability felt as a child; it is filled with vivid descriptions of the fear of the unknown as well as the joys of friendship. This modern day fantasy perfectly combines elements of magic and fright to weave an unforgettable tale.

Who-ology: Doctor Who: the official miscellany
by Cavan Scott and Mark Wright

Have you ever been in a conversation so filled with Doctor Who references that you are unable to determine who is acting like Davros and what “reversing the polarity of the neutron flow” really has to do with fixing anything? No need to “exterminate” the Whovian; instead join in their fun or at least take time understand what they are talking about. Who-ology by Cavan Scott and Mark Wright covers the origins of the show to explaining the Daleks from A-Z. Along with the basic facts and trivia some interesting tidbits are included: the tallest actors to the play the Doctor are Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker at 6’ 3”, and at 5’6” the shortest is Sylvester McCoy. Consider it a short cut to becoming an expert Whovian; I know that you will finish this book in less time than watching the complete series. By the way it would take you a little over 15 days to do so.