There are authors who are good, and entertaining, and then there are authors who are in the master class. Neil Gaiman is one of those authors.The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a tale of childhood and magic, but where it really shines is in how it captures the fears and realities of childhood, the powerlessness, the terror of things going wrong. I don't need to write a synopsis of the book. It's Neil Gaiman. Read it. That's all.