May 13, 2014 10:20 AM
Filled with the usual dose of magic and mayhem, Neil Gaiman's newest novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane ($15), may just be his best one yet (and we thought nothing could top American Gods!). Its protagonist and narrator, an unnamed seven-year-old boy, traipses through the Sussex countryside and comes across a cottage housing three generations of women: a girl, her mom, and her grandma. But, of course, they're not what they seem, and neither is the pond at the end of the lane. The story is as quirky and creepy as Coraline, and accessible to adults and (older) children alike.