The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel - Neil Gaiman, Neil Gaiman I've read most of Gaiman's books, and this is his best. Maybe it should be five stars, but it's definitely at least 4.5. I know other reviewers have said this before me, but this book is childhood. I have never seen childhood, from a child's perspective, articulated so perfectly. It made my heart break for my own sons, and reminded me of where they are strong and where they are fragile and where they are a tangle of both.