Neverwhere (Author's Preferred Text)

Neverwhere (Author's Preferred Text)

by Neil Gaiman
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DeDeFlowers More than 1 year ago
Before reading Neverwhere I would never have called myself a 'fantasy' fan. I was almost turned off from reading this based on its classification. I am so happy I did read it though. It's turned into one of my favorite books. It pulls you out of reality while you read it and suddenly you are in another world. The characters are great and the plot is brilliant. I have now read every book by Neil Gaiman and I love them all. He recently did a book signing that I attended and all I could do was thank him for being a writer. I would say the age range for this book should be 14+. A couple scenes are graphic with adult themes. Neverwhere turned me on to the fantasy genre. It's worth a read.
basiaaa More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books of all time, so ingenious and imaginative and hillarious! Mr Croup and Mr Vandemar are the most delicious villains. And Richard's adventures in the underworld are mesmerizing. Read this book 3 times, and each time it's a so satisfying.
FocoProject More than 1 year ago
Fantastic hardly begins to describe this book, Gaiman¿s imagination simply rises over most in a way that is ¿ well, delicious. This book truly reads like a treat and it also reads quickly. There is so much vividness to the underground world Neil creates, so much detail and so much spark to it, that falling into it and believing it becomes extremely easy. And once you are in that state, turning pages in this book is a cinch.

In this story, a man, who is leading your average life in an average world (London, England), at the average point in his life, ends up stumbling into something he should not have seen and instead of walking past it like everybody else does, he helps the girl that falls before him. From that point on Richard Mayhew is dragged into the vicious underworld of the forgotten, where he must struggle not only to survive but also to keep his sanity if he ever hopes to get his life back.

This book provided a lot of creative inspiration, and if you know Neil Gaiman, more famous for his work authoring the Sandman Graphic Novels, you know his work is dark, witty, entrancing and addictive. A very good read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book from start to finish. To me it reminded me of a darker version of Alice in Wonderland. It seemed to me the book had a sense of magic to it. I love the unexpected plot of the story. There was very little that I did not like to this book. Neil Gaiman says that he will write the second one to this book. I can't wait for the next one to come out.
DeannaMK More than 1 year ago
For fantasy-loving, Neil Gaiman fans, Neverwhere is an entirely perfect book. The plot was intense and magical in so many creative and delicious ways. I finished the book in about three days, since I just couldn't put it down. It's full of horror, thrilling events, magic, rats, and evil characters as well as good ones. Finishing the book was mind-blowing, since I can't recall being that awed by a novel besides the Harry Potter series. And that's saying something! The juicy details and beyond-creative story line is insanely riveting, so I absolutely recommend this for anyone who has a taste for fantasy and Neil Gaiman. One of his finest (and earliest) works.
Molinarolo More than 1 year ago
I wasn't really a fan of Fantasy genre until this book. Neil Gaiman creates a very dark and outlandish world beneath the city of London England inhabited by a feudal aristrocrasy, solitary warriors, and a religious cult who talks to rats. But up in London "proper" Richard Mayhew is living an ordinary and orderly life. His fiancée, Jessica has seen to that until the hapless Richard literally trips over a bleeding young woman. Jessica demands he leave her be, but Richard's compassion won't let him leave her injured, lying on the pathway. He takes her to his flat where she cleans up and soon disappears. Lady Door is running from two mendacious mercenaries who have slaughtered her family. By morning, Mayhew has apparently vanished too! His bank card won't work, taxi drivers don't stop for him, Jessica doesn't recognize him, but most troubling to Richard is that his landlord has rented out his flat. He has no home. He has inexplicitly ceased to exist in the world as he knows it. The only way to return to his reality and regain his home, job, and fiancée is to enter the shadowy neverwhere world of Lady Door's London Below. With no choice available to him, Richard joins Neverwhere's noble lady and her small band to find the malevolent Angel (who will stop at nothing to possess Door's abilities) and stop his evil plan to destroy London Below and its inhabitants. Only then, Richard can find his way back home to London Above. Reading Gaiman's NEVERWHERE takes the London's Tube's loudspeaker warning "Mind the Gap" to a much more complex meaning... People can fall through the gaps/cracks, literally, not only down onto the rails but much deeper, ending up in "London Below". Richard Mayhew is an unlikely Samaritan and protagonist, but when confronted with a choice he follows his charitable instinct and assists a wounded rag girl he finds lying on the sidewalk. To save her from her apparent killers he sacrifices all that he is as well as the basic creature comforts of life. Gaiman spins a brilliant yarn of life in the underbelly of London, with its shady characters, speaking rats and special "guides". There is more than one reality. In London Above Richard and Lady Door can be seen but not recalled beyond an instant. The real-life maze of London underground tunnels, hidden passageways and dead ends provide the existent, yet twisted, backdrop to the story. Time and distances have no meaning. The names of tube stations acquire new relevance: the Earl resides at Earl's Court, the black Friar monks are in Black friars and Islington is an Angel. Following Door and her unusual companions, Richard discovers the limits of his endurance especially when confronted by the Black Friar quest and on the Night Bridge. Mayhew questions his own existence and reality. While his desire to get back to his normal life keeps him going, his chances to break free from the shadowy Neverwhere increasingly appear to diminish. Gaiman's novel has become one of my favorite books and a proud addition to my home library!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read several Neil Gaiman books, and I'm gonna go out on a limb and say this is my favorite. American Gods is a close 2nd, but something about the dark London underground just drew me into this book. Enchanting,haunting, and beautifully written, I loved every minute of it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gaiman has the perfect combo of imagination with terror, thrills and fantasy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For starters, I love Neil Gaiman's writing style. Very imaginative and straight to the the heart. I read an earlier review by 'Mike' and I have to totally disagree. Gaiman's books are all very creative and imaginative and extremely well written. I believe that Mr. Gaiman adds a breath of fresh air to a semi-stale genre. He's a God-send for consumers of good writing everywhere! Now, about Neverwhere... I enjoyed this book. Not to the point of euphoiria, but enjoyed it nonetheless. The story plot and conception of this book are amazing. They are what really got me interested. I have read other Gaiman books, Anansi Boys and American Gods, and enjoyed those thouroughly. American Gods was my favorite, with Neverwhere very close behind! A very good read for anyone wanting a slight chill with a side of laughter! Pick this one up!
kmrainwater More than 1 year ago
Well, after three weeks, and over half way finished, I finally gave this book to my husband to read and fill me in. The writing style just put me off, completely. There are so many paragraph-long sentences in this book I could hardly follow. There is so much description of the surroundings that you sometimes forget what the story is about, yes the surrounding is a major part of the story, but there is only so much I can take and it eventually distracts from the plot. Once into the book things become spoken of long before you get any knowledge of what they are. Don't get me wrong, I like little tidbits here and there that make the puzzle all nuzzle together neatly at the end, but seriously, this was like taking a 1000 piece puzzle mixing it all up, dumping the picture reference and expecting you to put it together on your 'skilz' alone. Of course, by the end you can figure out where the final pieces go, but who wants to wait and struggle through that?! I prefer to enjoy the whole book not just the ending when it all makes sense. I did not connect with the characters my husband did, but only after reading the whole thing through. Me, I like to connect straight away so I can invest in reading the rest of the story. Through my husband I did get the story, which was really good. I really liked the story, but the delivery was way too much work for me. I like books with language that has flow and rhythm, not choppy, confusing and long run-on sentences. I like to re-read my favorite parts of a book, not re-read because I need to try and make sense of what's being said. My husband agreed, the creative writing style just detracted from the story too much. But, he did say I quit just when it was finally getting good, I just couldn't make myself read any more of it. Too bad, I really wanted to love it! 2 stars because: It really was a good story, imaginative, unpredictable, suspenseful. But, I just could not will myself to finish it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is perhaps my favourite book, and it is only made better by listening to the author read it. Croup and Vandemar are deliciously creepy, the Marquis is disdainful, and he even manages to convincingly portray an innocent teenage girl 'Door'. I've never been a fan of audiobooks before, but this was amazing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite novels. This book is full of sardonic humor, absolutely hilarious villains, believable characters, mystery that will blow you away, and a mystic feeling that sticks with the story all the way through. The character is a normal guy and stays normal throughout the book so that the reader can relate to how he reacts to certain situations and how he acts in general. Pick up this book. You won't be disappointed. TRUST ME.
Eric_J_Guignard More than 1 year ago
REVIEWED: Neverwhere WRITTEN BY: Neil Gaiman PUBLISHED: 2003 (first published as a miniseries script, 1996) It’s really been a long time since I’ve read a dark fantasy book as absorbing as NEVERWHERE by Neil Gaiman. Suffice it to say, this novel was fascinating, exciting, funny, scary, and overall simply brilliant. Whatever happens to the “people who fall between the cracks in society,” The homeless, the runaways, the forgottens? They literally fall into another “mirrored” world below, composed beneath the sewers of London and built with the magic and lost technology that is forgotten today. In “London Below” entire villages may have fallen through the world and people from all walks of life converge, in a world of shadows, conspiracy, monsters, angels, and crime. Gaiman’s style of writing seems so effortless and natural. It’s very warm and conversational, as if he were telling the story to you in person while sitting at a county pub with a couple pints of suds. It’s smart and entertaining and satisfying. Gaiman has a talent for world building, and there are a host of background characters who are all just as fascinating as the main characters. This book has been made into a T.V. Series for both BBC and again for A&E and a comic series through DC Comics, so it’s really gotten around. Highly recommended for lovers of adventure, dark fantasy, and light horror. Five out of Five stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fun fast read. I primarly enjoy horror/suspense, king and the such but deciced to give gaiman a look after reading a few of b.n reviews, I really enjoyed his style. Was able to connect with his characters actually caring if they survived through to the next chapter. I've since read other gaiman novels and am now pretty much hooked, he mixes fantasy with great chatacters like few can, love this guy, recommend- recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
very weird and complex, hard to follow. his most recent book is better, this is a disappointment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yet another winning novel from the prolific imagination of the phenomenally talented Neil Gaiman, a true master of the art of storytellng in whatever medium he chooses to express himself. Well worth reading: the BBC's filmed adaptation is equally wothwhile.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Perhaps I am not used to this type of literature (about the "underworld") - wanted to stop reading it because of the peculiar story line, yet finished it after all. ODD story, peculiar writing style ....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My first tead of Gaiman's stuff outside of "Sandman", and it hooked me on him forever.
PhotographerReader_Julie More than 1 year ago
I thought this was an okay story. Yet, I found no romance or true connection to the characters. They just had a story and went through it. Some of the scenes are totally random but interesting. I hate the main character - Richard. He's a wimp, selfish and a whiner. Door is very cold and doesn't really express much except for constant focus on revenge. So it was a creative but kind of heartless story. Although there is a realization of wanting more in life in the end - that's about it.
cpauthor More than 1 year ago
For most of my adult life, I didn't really care for anything in the genre of fantasy, but thta all changed a few months ago when I belatedly read Gaiman's par-excellent comic book series The Sandman. After finishing that, to get my fix, I went out and read this book. Since then, I've not only followed Neil's work but also writers similar to Neil like Gene Wolfe, Roger Zelazney and Jonathan Carroll. If that weren't enough, I ended up publishing two fantasy stories of my own. Neil's work has played a pretty big role in my life lately.
Grendel33 More than 1 year ago
The way Neil Gaiman utilizes ancient legend, fairy-tales and myths is just amazing. While reading Neverwhere, you encounter talking rats, monsters, angels, and a pair of killers who really enjoy their line of work. Another cool thing, was that everywhere in London Underground was based off of London's subway system. The main characters visit places like Earl's Court and The Black Friars. There actually is a Earlscourt station and Blackfriars station in London. Another thing that I liked was the use of "Mind the Gap". In London, the Gap was the space between the station and the door of the subway. The worst that could happen to you was that you would trip and fall flat on your face. In London Below, the Gap holds dark and shadowy creatures that will grab at you and pull you under. Gaiman reveals a strong plot level by level and builds up the tension like a master. It has drama, action, humor and plot, and it's quite easy to read. If you are into myths, legends and fairy-tales, and not intimidated by gore and guts, then you will like this. Even the hardcore fantasy reader will find this worth reading, as Neverwhere is classic fantasy with a dash of darkness.
modestindecisiv More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love Neil Gaiman's work. I first became aware of Neil Gaiman when a friend recommended me reading American Gods. As with American Gods, I become intrigued and captivated by Neverwhere's characters. Neil Gaiman is an amazing author and creates a vivid visual of what London underground is like. I was so wrapped up in Neverwhere that I finished the book quickly. The plot is exciting and well written. After reading American Gods and Neverwhere, I am a permanent Neil Gaiman fan. He also wrote Coraline. I would highly recommend this book to persons who enjoy fantasy worlds and those who enjoy the imagination that Neil Gaiman brings into his books. I will say this, it is not a light, funny book. It can be a little dark but entertaining none-the-less. Not only are the characters and plot well written, the interactions that the characters have with each other are also well written. For those who enjoy slightly darker fantasy, I would highly recommend Neverwhere.
dalnewt More than 1 year ago
This book is vividly imaginative with arresting visual descriptions and bizarre imagery. The story line is engaging, and the 'Above London' protagonist is sympathetic. The supporting characters are wonderfully quirky, and the villains are delightfully evil. The pace is moderate as there's no real urgency to the plot until it approaches resolution. However, it doesn't really matter because it's all about the amazing underside journey through 'London Below'.
SimonEponym More than 1 year ago
Neil Gaiman has a winner with Neverwhere. It's like an epsiode of Twilight Zone mixed with a generous portion of Douglas Adams and a pinch of weirdness just for fun. This is a real page turner, keeps you guessing and makes you want more. Can't pass a homeless person without wondering about the world of Neverwhere ...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Weird. This is one of the strangest books I have ever read. I recommend it, but be prepared for bizzare and confusing scenes.