When the world overwhelms me sometimes and it all just feels like too much, I admit to wondering if there is just something else at play–an alternate universe working out its demons and causing some strange things to happen in this world as a result. Well, if you too have ever wondered along these lines, you might like Neil Gaiman’s latest fantasy novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane. This story can be read and enjoyed in a very short time. While the narrative is simple to understand, the message has stuck with me and caused me to think about alternate meanings days after finishing the book. Gaiman is a master storyteller with a very unique style best enjoyed with an open mind.