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Neverwhere
Neil Gaiman
Adult Fiction

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Avatar for Marsap Marsap said:
Under the streets of London there's a place, really another city. A city of monsters, saints, murderers, angels, knights in armor and pale girls in black velvet. This is the city of those who have fallen between the cracks. This is the premise of the Neil Gaiman book Neverwhere. Richard Mayhew, an ordinary young man working in London, with a fiance, Jessica, a small apartment and a rather boring life, finds himself there—because of a single act of kindness. After he helps a girl, Door, Richard finds that no one can see him or hear him, they've removed his desk at work and are renting out his apartment while he's in the bath. Jessica can't remember his name. The only thing left for him to do is seek out Door in London Below and somehow get his life back. Along the way Richard gets caught up in Door’s mission to find out why her family was murdered and who wants her dead. I found that this book to be a modern day, darker version of “Alice in Wonderland.” A perfectly normal person dealing with complete strangeness all around him—and really all he wanted was to get his life back. Great fantasy, wonderful sense of humor, full of adventure, horror and a little romance. Not my favorite Neil Gaiman (that is still the Graveyard Book), but still a joy to read. 4 ½ out of 5 stars.
posted Jun 11, 2014 at 9:21AM
SpeculativeFictionFan said:
True "city" fantasy. Really delves into what a "living" city means with all the storytelling skills of Mr.Gaiman present in full force.
posted Apr 28, 2013 at 11:42AM
Avatar for KaliO KaliO said:
Richard Mayhew lives in London. He has a job, an apartment, and a fiancé. He has a regular everyday sort of life. All that is about to change. Late to dinner, Richard stops to help a dirty young woman bleeding on the sidewalk. The waiflike girl is named Door and there’s something very odd about her, but Richard brings her home and cleans her up. When Door leaves, it seems the adventure is over. But then Richard begins to change. His friends don’t recognize him, his fiancé barely notices him, and strangers can’t even see he’s there. Knowing Door has the answers, Richard plunges into London Below, a weird and wild world inhabited by those who “fell between the cracks”—people who live in the sewers and subway tunnels, people who talk to rats, people who are magic. Soon Richard is one of Door’s companions on a dangerous quest through this strange land. If Richard wants to get back to his blissfully humdrum life, he’s got to prove his worth against all manner of assassins, monsters, and mayhem. Author Neil Gaiman is at his best here as he skillfully weaves myths and legends together with the familiar to create a magical world that is entirely new. Witty and wickedly inventive, Neverwhere is fantasy at its finest.
posted Nov 23, 2010 at 7:50PM
Avatar for KaliO KaliO said:
Richard Mayhew lives in London. He has a job. He has an apartment. He has a fiancé. He has a regular everyday sort of life. All that is about to change. Richard, bumbling and late to dinner, stops to help a dirty, bleeding young woman lying on the sidewalk. Much to fiancé’s chagrin, Richard scoops her up and takes her home to recuperate. The waiflike girl is named Door and there’s something very odd about her. Sure, she refuses to go to the hospital or call the police, and yes, she heals rather quickly and hides rather too well when a pair of ominous men in black come looking for her, but it’s more than that. When Door thanks Richard and leaves again, it seems the brief adventure is over. But then Richard begins to change. His friends don’t recognize him, his fiancé barely notices him, and strangers can’t even see he’s there. Knowing Door can answer his questions, Richard picks up on the few hints she dropped and plunges into London Below, a weird and wild world than exists under the sidewalks and subway tunnels of London proper and is inhabited by those who “fell between the cracks”—people who live in the sewers, people who talk to rats, people who can do magic. Soon Richard is one of Door’s companions on a dangerous quest through this bizarre subterranean land. If Richard wants to get back to his blissfully humdrum life, he’s got to prove his worth against all manner of assassins, monsters, and mayhem. Always inventive author Neil Gaiman is at his best here as he skillfully weaves myths and legends together with bits and pieces of the familiar to create a magical world that is entirely original. Witty and wickedly inventive, Neverwhere is fantasy at its finest.
posted Sep 27, 2010 at 8:07PM
NinjaKnights said:
Neil Gaiman really is one of the most creative fantasy authors that I've read and I think that Neverwhere is by far one of his best! If you like dark fantasy books, you'll definitely love anything by Gaiman, but I highly suggest Neverwhere!
posted Feb 11, 2009 at 4:51PM
Ted said:
Based off a mini-series Gaiman wrote for the BBC, 'Neverwhere' explores the underworld of London?as the inhabitants call it, London Below. You can see it as a metaphor for the invisibility of the poor, or how cities take on different meanings for their dwellers, or simply a kind of Wonderland?in any case, it provides a brilliantly dark yet completely familiar setting to a tale that's as old as time. Warning: contains language.
posted Apr 9, 2004
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