The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman


It began for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Dark creatures from beyond the world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive. There is primal horror here, and menace unleashed – within his family and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it.

His only defense is three women, on a farm at the end of the lane. The youngest of them claims that her duckpond is an ocean. The oldest can remember the Big Bang.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a fable that reshapes modern fantasy: moving, terrifying and elegiac – as pure as a dream, as delicate as a butterfly’s wing, as dangerous as a knife in the dark.

From Goodreads

The Ocean at the End of the Lane published by Headline Publishing Group (2015)

This is the kind of book anyone who was deeply affected by their childhood’s memories will understand. I don’t believe it’s easy or straightforward. It is a fantasy book, yes, but also a strange sort of memoir. The main character is trying to remember his childhood and some of the most important moments of his life. What we are left with is his perspective of what happened in those moments. I said ‘his perspective’ because, after all, “Different people remember things differently, and you’ll not get any two people to remember anything the same, whether they were there or not.”

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Sunshine Blogger Award


Hey! So, we have been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by FlickBox and we’re going to answer his awesome questions to let you know a little bit more about the two crazy people behind ParabataiReviews. Here we go!


1. What is your vision of you in the future?

Chaos: I see myself as a successful archaeologist, living in London (sometimes in other pretty places) and happy with my fairy and with a crazy cat and two dogs. I have travelled to at least 20 countries and played too many video games.

Fae: I’m nearsighted, I can’t see from that far away. Kidding, but it depends on which future we’re talking about. If it’s, say, 5 years, then I’m probably getting some rejection letters from publishers or maybe one saying “Hey, your book is good and we want to pay you a gazillion pounds for it.” Oh, also, I have a Georgian house in England and sometimes follow my archaeologist into adventures.

2. What type of music do you like the most?

Chaos: Hardcore music. Can’t escape it, no matter how much alternative music Fae makes me listen to.

Fae: Well, alternative everything, of course.

3. If you had 3 wishes, what would you wish for?

Chaos: That’s easy. 1. To have a house where I want. 2. To live with Fae. 3. To have enough money to travel without feeling guilty.

Fae: Only three? 1. To have my work recognised. 2. To never lose anyone I love.  3. To wake up every day feeling like everything has been worth it.

4. If you were in the situation of Neo in the Matrix, which pill would you choose, the blue or the red one? Why?

Chaos: The red pill. I don’t care how bad the truth is as long as I know it.

Fae: The red pill because I like to suffer. Okay… because I try to be as brave as I possibly can and living in an illusion would never even be considered a choice for me.

5. Would you prefer to live in a terminator apocalypse or a zombie apocalypse?

Chaos: I’d go with terminator apocalypse because it would be much easier to face machines than disgusting cadavers.

Fae: Terminator all the way, at least robots don’t bite. Hopefully.

6. If you could wake up tomorrow in a body of someone else and live one day being him/her, who would you pick and what would you do?

Chaos: I’d be Fae because I’m corny like that. And I’d finish the damn book.

Fae: He only said that because I said I’d be him first! He probably would’ve wanted to be Lara Croft (even though he’s denying it), I just know it. Now, I’d be Chaos because I don’t like to spend days without him and I would just enjoy being a dude and shaving my face (even though I wouldn’t have that much beard anyway).

7. If you could have one meal for the rest of your life, which would it be?

Chaos: A secret recipe Fae and I have created that involves roasted chicken, a million different kinds of cheese and other delicious things.


8. What is the question that you hate to answer the most?

Chaos: “What have you been up to?”

Fae: “How are you?” (When people ask it sincerely)

9. If you could change one event in history, which would it be?

Chaos: Being the nerd I am, I would change the fact that Atlantis got lost. I don’t care if it’s a legend or not.

Fae: I wouldn’t change anything because I believe that every single person and every single event in history have brought me where I am today. Who can say for sure that if I killed Hitler I would still be alive today?

10. Ugly and live forever or look attractive and die in a year?

Chaos: Ugly and live forever because I would get enough money for plastic surgery to become beautiful and fabulous again.

Fae: Ugly and live forever because I don’t want to and can’t die in a year. There’re too many books for me to read and places to see so it’s a nope.

11. What do you feel when you write?

Chaos: Stressed. But in the end, when I have the final result, it feels quite good.

Fae: When I’m writing, I feel like I’m doing what I should be doing.

So, now you know a little bit more about us!

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The best Oscars ceremony ever

Now, this was the 89th Oscars ceremony and it surely made it up to my “Top 100 best things I’ve ever seen”. It was the most embarrassing and the most cringe-worthy award show to ever happen. Let’s start with the basics:

A lot of wild lampshade dresses appeared (courtesy of HarpersBazaar
Alicia Vikander’s orangey tan (looks good in this picture but if you watched the Red Carpet you know what I’m talking about) – ENews
The great-grandmother’s dress of the Fifty Shades of Grey star (HB)
The many actresses who tried to wear dresses that only look good on models (HB)

Now, about the ceremony itself… here are the top 3 worst things that happened:

3. When you try your best but you don’t succeed

The poor woman who was put in the In Memoriam but is still alive (Buzzfeed)

Basically, they got the name right but the picture wrong. It would be worse if they didn’t look alike at all, right?

Jan Chapman (the woman in the picture)
Archive Photos
The real Janet Patterson (on the left)

2. When men like Casey Affleck win stuff

Oh, you love him? Go read this, then.

Casey Affleck was nominated for Best Actor. He won against Andrew Garfield, Ryan Gosling, Viggo Mortensen and Denzel Washington. So what? What’s the problem with Casey Affleck?

Well, this man was accused of sexual harassment more than once. That’s a crime, by the way. And he still won the Oscar. Clearly, sexual harassment is not taken that seriously in Hollywood. In fact, the Academy only seems to encourage it by letting disgusting men collect awards such as this.

Denzel Washington’s reaction was just incredible
The truth has been spoken, people.
  1. The Oscars Miss Universe Fail

I can’t express how embarrassed I felt for the La La Land team. I don’t even care about the movie itself, let alone the cast. Still, I could imagine myself on the stage, thanking everyone who helped me win my Oscar, and being told “Oh, sorry, actually you didn’t win!”

The question is: was Ryan Gosling aware that they didn’t deserve to win? 
Matt Damon‘s face was just priceless but..
nothing can compare to Meryl‘s reaction.
Too good to be missed.

Spoiler: The best part is when everyone stands up and claps because La La Land didn’t actually win.

Like I said, and even though the movie I wanted to win didn’t, this was the worst and the best thing to ever happen at an Oscars ceremony. 

But not everything was bad…

Viola Davis became the first black woman in history to have won an Emmy, a Tony and an Oscar.


Jimmy Kimmel picked up the cutest kid on the planet like in the Lion King
Dev Patel and his mom


Jimmy Kimmel tweeting Trump. Everything that Jimmy Kimmel did, really. 

Here you go. If you haven’t watched the ceremony yet, please do. Or just jump right to the end because that’s definitely worth watching. What are your thoughts on the winners?