Neverwhere

Neil Gaiman.

370 pages

English language

Published July 29, 1998 by HarperTorch.

ISBN:
9780380789016
OCLC Number:
40155413
Goodreads:
474072

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4 stars (32 reviews)

Richard Mayhew is a plain man with a good heart, and an ordinary life that is changed forever on a day he stops to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk. From that moment forward he is propelled into a world he never dreamed existed, a dark subculture flourish in abandoned subway stations and sewer tunnels below the city, a world far stranger and more dangerous than the only one he has ever known. Richard Mayhew is a young businessman with a good heart and a dull job. When he stops one day to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk, his life is forever altered, for he finds himself propelled into an alternate reality that exists in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations below the city. He has fallen through the cracks of reality and has landed somewhere different, …

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Harry Potter, but mature

4 stars

This was my first Neil Gaiman book. I can understand why people love his books.

This read a lot like Harry Potter in terms of the fantasy right under people's nose, and the fact that this happened in London (what is it with London and trains, eh?) gave further familiar vibe.

The book has a good flow. It's well written, with skills and thoughts. Gaiman created a whole world in 350 pages, and it feels like there's much more in the brains this came out of. I like how this books is kind of happy ending, yet, still not, yet... is... if you read it, you'll get it.

I don't usually ready fantasy like this, but I'm glad I picked this up. It was a fun read, an entertaining one, and invitation to provoke the mind and imagination.

Review of 'Neverwhere (London Below, #1)' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

3.5/5 stars, rounded up...

So far, I always enjoy Neil Gaiman's writing--his humor, the way he pokes fun at common situations and plays with words, is a delight. In this novel, the evil duo Coup and Vandemar succeed in being very funny and totally disgusting at the same time. Richard is the protagonist and unlikely hero, and Door is sort of the damsel in distress, but not at all weak. Then, there's the Marquis de Carabas, who gets my vote for the most intriguing personality.

Overall, this is a light, fun read, not at all intricate or surprising. The most thought-provoking topic (for me) was the fact that Richard was just a background character in his original life, and perhaps this is what made an alternative reality call his name. (Which is reality?)

At the end of this novel, there is a short story which centers around The Marquis de …

Review of 'Neverwhere' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Took me a while to warm up to this book, so if I could, I would give it 3.5 stars. It ended up being really fascinating, but I would have liked a deeper look at London Below and its political structure, instead of the fleeting glimpse that we received. Still, very definitely entertaining.

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