Fortunately, The Milk, is what Gaiman, author of the recent novel for adults, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, calls “the silliest book I have ever written.” When a father runs out to buy milk for his child’s breakfast, he’s abducted by aliens and catapulted on an adventure that transports him through time and space.
In typical Gaiman fashion, this story draws you by both making you feel a part of the story but also leaving mystery and the unknown to play their roles. Gaiman never comes across as trying too hard to make everything fit together perfectly in a technical world building exercise. Instead he draws you in through his characters and the way they see the world; the way the world feels, and looks and works to them. He is not trying to explain the world but show you the world through another set of eyes.
A free e-book offers the chance to read a classic Neil Gaiman short story and an excerpt from his forthcoming novel. But be careful. You might find yourself, as I did, frustrated that you can’t finish the novel until it is released on June 18.
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