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Neverwhere's protagonist, Richard Mayhew, learns the hard way that no good deed goes unpunished. He ceases to exist in the ordinary world of London Above, and joins a quest through the dark and dangerous London Below, a shadow city of lost and forgotten people, places, and times. His companions are Door, who is trying to find out who hired the assassins who murdered her family and why; the Marquis of Carabas, a trickster who trades services for very big favors; and Hunter, a mysterious lady who guards bodies and hunts only the biggest game. London Below is a wonderfully realized shadow world, and the story plunges through it like an express passing local stations, with plenty of action and a satisfying conclusion. The story is reminiscent of Douglas Adams's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, but Neil Gaiman's humor is much darker and his images sometimes truly horrific. Puns and allusions to everything from Paradise Lost to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz abound, but you can enjoy the book without getting all of them. Gaiman is definitely not just for graphic-novel fans anymore. --Nona Vero --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Starred Review. Gaiman assumes the role of narrator for his latest book, offering an intimate reading that steals one's attention almost immediately and keeps the listener involved throughout. As the story is based in the United Kingdom, Gaiman is a quintessential raconteur for the tale, with his charming Scottish brogue instilling life and spirit into the central character of Richard Mayhew. Pitch perfect, with clear pronunciation, Gaiman invites listeners into his living room for a fireside chat, offering a private and personal experience that transcends the limitations of traditional narration. The author knows his story through and through, capturing the desired emotion and audience reaction in each and every scene. His characters are unique, with diverse personalities and narrative approaches, and Gaiman offers a variety of dialects and tones. The reading sounds more like a private conversation among friends with Gaiman providing the convincing and likable performance the writing deserves. A Harper Perennial paperback (Reviews, May 19, 1997). (Nov.)
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I simply have no idea how Gaiman dreams (yes, it's dreams and not "thinks") this stuff up. Where can it possibly come from? Do I have a similar place within me? Read morePublished 18 hours ago by GrammaRocks88
This is by far one of my favorite books, and the top one so far from Neil Gaiman. The fantasy world created here is so dark and amazing at the same time. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Natalia
I started this book and fell right into reading it whenever I had a free second. A wonderful, whimsical, and grasping book.Published 3 days ago by Elizombie13
I wish there were half stars. I'd give it a 2.5. Maybe my expectations were too high. I've been meaning to read Neil Gaiman for a long time and I thought this book was just... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Mark Harden
I really loved this book. If you enjoy fantasy books you'll love the world developed here. It is a darker "Alice in wonderland" type of story with really well developed... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Brandon D.
There are just some books that suck you and don't let you go. This is one. It was an amazing fantasy. I loved it. It had a little bit of everything. Great read.Published 5 days ago by Rheal
To me this is a Gaiman masterpiece. The premise is that a complex civilization exists in the vast sewers under London filled with unique characters most of which are human. Read morePublished 8 days ago by J. Lukomski