The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel - Neil Gaiman, Neil Gaiman This was my first Neil Gaiman novel (I've only read Coraline before) and I have to say, I'm thoroughly impressed. This man can build some pretty fantastic worlds and has such an amazing imagination, it makes reading his stories such an experience. I like that he seems to be drawn to the dark and macabre and that his characters don't seem too innocent or pristine. They're real people in fantastical worlds and it makes such an interesting contrast. It's easy to imagine yourself in their shoes, which is exhilarating since everything happening to the characters is so other-worldly and magical and at the same time terrifying. I need to read some more of his books asap.