Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Easily one of my favourite Neil Gaiman books – so much so that just thinking about it makes me wish he had a new novel out right now. I’d read it immediately.
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In Neverwhere readers are given a brilliant mix of comic, dark, surreal and fantastical elements as they follow the out-of-his-depth Richard Mayhew through the mysteries and horrors of the otherworldly ‘London Below’ in his efforts to save the mysterious girl known as ‘Door.’
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Now, I know it’s a cliche, but I found it tough to put this down. Really tough. I generally annoyed those around me with my distracted state and I think everyone was pretty happy when I finished it and was able to listen properly again.
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Part of what enthralled me most was the way Gaiman interwove the ‘real’ world with the magical one below, it was always entertaining and often surprising. I didn’t expect the oddities of the Floating Market or Marquis de Carabas’ endless supply of cleverness. And I didn’t expect the wonderful evocation of loneliness the book achieved when Richard was ‘above’ either. Certainly there was action and suspense, but Neverwhere is often a touching story too – Gaiman has a knack for getting to the core of a character very quickly, often through his wit and use of dialogue.
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Reading it  again I do wish I’d been to London so I could experience the extra layers of meaning he evokes when using (in an amusing way) recognisable places like Earl’s Court or ‘Night’s Bridge’. Of course, it’s not a requirement to enjoying the story and in the meantime I can always read it again, right?

Five stars indeed.

8 thoughts on “Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

    • Happily envious, Mark! 🙂
      I think you’d get a nice bit more out of the book then – but truly it’s worth it without having been there. Try get the author’s expanded edition if you do, should have the same cover. Had a lot of fun reading ‘Neverwhere’ very much recommended!

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