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Neverwhere: A Novel Paperback – September 2, 2003
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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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This is the second Neil Gaimn book I have read and he has quickly become one of my favorite authors. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Philip S. Knapp
A fun adventure from the get go. Look forward to returning to the amazingly developed fantasy world every time I have to put the book down.Published 3 days ago by MG
Wonderful escape from reality. The characters seem to be more human than you would admit about yourself. Pure joy. Highly recommend to read. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Jarrod
I love everything about this story, all your favorite things in a nursery story but for adults, you will fall in love with each of the characters in this magical book and swear... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Kindle Customer
Richard Mayhew has a solid job, a fiance, and a slightly boring but good life until a dirty, bleeding girl falls on the pavement in front of him. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
Wonderful tale. I'm not normally a huge fan of fantasy; but love any story with engaging characters - if it is told well. This one was. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Mrs. Smith
Reading this makes me feel like a teenager again. It's like a guilty pleasure.Published 11 days ago by Rhonda Piraino
I am very sad that it has taken me so long to start reading books written by Neil Gaiman. This was my first and it was great. I could not put it down. Read morePublished 12 days ago by irishar