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Neverwhere Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 1998
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"Neverwhere" is a brilliant yarn of life in the underbelly of the city, with shady human characters, speaking rats and special "guides". There is more than one reality for sure. In London Above, Richard and the rag girl, named appropriately "Door", can be seen but not recalled beyond the moment. The real-life maze of London underground tunnels, hidden passageways and dead ends provide the existent, yet twisted, backdrop to the story. Time and distances have no meaning. The names of tube stations acquire new relevance: the Earl resides at Earl's Court, the black Friar monks are in Blackfriars and Islington is an Angel. Following Door and her unusual companions, Richard discovers the limits of his endurance. He has to question his existence and reality. While his desire to get back to his normal life keeps him going, his chances to shake loose from the shadowy underworld increasingly appear to diminish...
The novel, which expands on Gaiman's successful tv production, is a great read, whether you know London or not (yet). His style is fluid and engaging, his characters are very much alive and moving the various layers of intrigue along at a good pace. [Friederike Knabe]
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman is a pretty unmistakable attempt at creating a universe. The novel was Gaiman's first major project after finishing the acclaimed Sandman comic series (which could be described as his first universe, but is more of an amalgamation of Biblical scripture, Gaelic and other folk tales and the larger world of DC Comics). Because of Sandman's success, Gaiman is sometimes considered a new Tolkien or Asimov, but he fails to reach his potential on Neverwhere because, despite his ambition, his universe-creating powers at not at a prime.
The universe of this novel is London Below, a dark and outlandish world existing beneath the UK's sprawling capital. It is inhabited by a feudal aristocracy, lonesome warriors and a religious cult that talks to rats. After two ruthless mercenaries slaughter one of London Below's most prominent families, the only survivor, a young woman named Door (for her ability to open mystic gates), escapes to London Above, where reluctant yuppie Richard Mayhew takes her in. Joined by the mordant Marquis de Carabas and a grim female bodyguard called (get this) Hunter, Richard and Door journey through London Below to find-out who ordered the deaths of Door's family and why.Read more ›
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A good read for sure. I have a 12 year old child, I would not let them read it though... 14 is the appropriate age in my opinion.Published 2 days ago by Ryan K.
It's quintessential Neil Gaiman, just Sci-Fi-y enough to be fun but still believable. He draws you into the story & keeps you hooked all the way through.Published 5 days ago by Jodi M.
The book was somewhat entertaining. The story just didn't make a lot of sense. Things happen for no reason and then the next thing happens for no reason. Read morePublished 8 days ago by David. Schoen
Interesting read as all Neil Gaiman books are. Enjoyed this one very much.Published 10 days ago by Dan Harper
Probably my favorite Gaiman outside of short stories. Gaiman is a master at his fairy tale style writing.Published 11 days ago by Michael Williamson
I was amused by the wizard of oz similarities and then the references to it. Very cleverly written and nicely described underworld. The character development was very interesting. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Leah Rudnicki
I started reading this book because I enjoyed Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book. It didn't hurt that Neverwhere got such good reviews! Read morePublished 17 days ago by J. Lin
Read this during a plane to Florida, found it very enjoyable and a nice distraction. Left a few unanswered questions. Makes me wanting a bit more of the series.Published 19 days ago by Mark