Review: Neverwhere

NeverwhereNeverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Summary: The day after Richard Mayhew rescues a young girl he finds bleeding on the sidewalk, his life is radically changed. He finds himself living in an underworld that exists in a subterranean labyrinth beneath London.

My Thoughts: Before I start my review, I have to pat myself on the back. I have FINALLY read a book from the Random Reads monthly meme! :grin: Hopefully this’ll be the first of many!

And now the review …

Neverwhere is fantastic. Not the best ever, in my humble opinion, but still quite good. The world within is amazing. A whole second London, where those who fall through the cracks in this world end up, exists below our London. London Below to London Above. Very detailed, very intricate, and extremely imaginative. I was able to picture the surroundings without trouble.

The characters are great. Door is quite possibly my favorite – either her or Richard Mayhew. They are both fantastic. Part of me wanted them to find each other, but more of me is glad they didn’t. We do not have much love/romance/sex in this book. And I’m glad of it. Too often a book substitutes relationships for a good plot. This one has the good plot. Relationship crap not necessary. No distraction. Thank you, Mr. Gaiman!

All of the characters are well-developed and quite interesting people. Even some of the smaller characters have significant depth. While I’m guessing it’s not going to happen, I would LOVE for more books about some of these people. The Count’s story, the bird guy’s story, Door’s story, Hunter’s story. Even a what-happens-next story.

The good news is that there was a BBC series, which actually came before the book! I’ll be getting that from Netflix as soon as I can. I so wanna see what started it all.

End story: I liked it, a lot. Fantasy fans are sure to gobble up this amazing tale.

4 Stars
Borrowed from my local library.

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Challenges: Counts for the 2012 Support Your Local Library Challenge and the Speculative Fiction Challenge 2012.

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