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Book Review: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Title:   Neverwhere
Author:   Neil Gaiman
Genre:   Fantasy/Horror
Source:   Whispersync purchase from Amazon (both ebook & audiobook)
Rating:  5
Locate It: Amazon

 Synopsis:  
nder the streets of London there’s a place most people could never even dream of. A city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, knights in armour and pale girls in black velvet. This is the city of the people who have fallen between the cracks.

Richard Mayhew, a young businessman, is going to find out more than enough about this other London. A single act of kindness catapults him out of his workday existence and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and utterly bizarre. And a strange destiny awaits him down here, beneath his native city: Neverwhere.

My Thoughts:

It took a few pages to realize but I really really loved this book. It took a few pages because this being my second Gaiman novel, I am still getting used to his ideas and style of writing. We jump right in with two parallel stories of a Scottish man named Richard Mayhew and a strange girl named Door in a strange place with a some bad guys possibly trying to kill her.

Door is the type of girl that can open doors where there are no doors and can speak to rats when necessary. Richard is your ordinary businessman engaged to a woman he thinks he loves. The story is strange. The setting is even stranger. But with Gaiman’s writing, it is just spectacular. I don’t know what it is about his writing style and word choice but I absolutely love it.

Neverwhere is another one of those books that I was enjoying so much I didn’t want to be away from it so I ended up buying the audio version as well. That way, when I was unable to sit and read, I could listen to Neil Gaiman reading his own story to me while I washed dishes or drove in my car.

Reading (or listening to) a Neil Gaiman novel is like wading through a dream. Things are never how you expect them. I don’t think he is everyone’s cup of tea but if you don’t mind insane imagery and a bit of darkness, you will love Neverwhere.

 

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