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by Neil Gaiman

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Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but demanding fiancee. Then one night he stumbles across a girl bleeding on the sidewalk. He stops to help her--and the life he knows vanishes like smoke.

Several hours later, the girl is gone too. And by the following morning Richard Mayhew has been erased from his


Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but demanding fiancee. Then one night he stumbles across a girl bleeding on the sidewalk. He stops to help her--and the life he knows vanishes like smoke.

Several hours later, the girl is gone too. And by the following morning Richard Mayhew has been erased from his world. His bank cards no longer work, taxi drivers won't stop for him, his hundred rents his apartment out to strangers. He has become invisible, and inexplicably consigned to a London of shadows and darkness a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations. He has fallen through the cracks of reality and has landed somewhere different, somewhere that is Neverwhere.

For this is the home of Door, the mysterious girl whom Richard rescued in the London Above. A personage of great power and nobility in this murky, candlelit realm, she is on a mission to discover the cause of her family's slaughter, and in doing so preserve this strange underworld kingdom from the malevolence that means to destroy it. And with nowhere else to turn, Richard Mayhew must now join the Lady Door's entourage in their determined--and possibly fatal--quest.

For the dread journey ever-downward--through bizarre anachronisms and dangerous incongruities, and into dusty corners of stalled time--is Richard's final hope, his last road back to a "real" world that is growing disturbingly less real by the minute.

If Tim Burton reimagined The Phantom of the Opera, if Jack Finney let his dark side take over, if you rolled the best work of Clive Barker, Peter Straub and Caleb Carr into one, you still would have something that fell far short of Neil Gaiman's NEVERWHERE. It is a masterful debut novel of darkly hypnotic power, and one of the most absorbing reads to come along in years.

Editorial Reviews

Pixel Planet
...a dark, twisted sort of fable that anyone that has a passing interest in fantasy fiction should pick up and read immediately. Neverwhere is one of the best books that I’ve read this year.
Stephen King
[Gaiman] is, simply put, a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him in any media.
Tori Amos
I didn't ever want this book to end. . . Hunter, Islington, Door — these characters are part of my life now. I see them when I turn corners.
Publishers Weekly

Gaiman assumes the role of narrator for his latest book, offering an intimate reading that steals one's attention almost immediately and keeps the listener involved throughout. As the story is based in the United Kingdom, Gaiman is a quintessential raconteur for the tale, with his charming Scottish brogue instilling life and spirit into the central character of Richard Mayhew. Pitch perfect, with clear pronunciation, Gaiman invites listeners into his living room for a fireside chat, offering a private and personal experience that transcends the limitations of traditional narration. The author knows his story through and through, capturing the desired emotion and audience reaction in each and every scene. His characters are unique, with diverse personalities and narrative approaches, and Gaiman offers a variety of dialects and tones. The reading sounds more like a private conversation among friends with Gaiman providing the convincing and likable performance the writing deserves. A Harper Perennial paperback (Reviews, May 19, 1997). (Nov.)

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Library Journal
In his first full-length novel, Gaiman, the comic-book mastermind, brings his talents to the black-and-white world of books, eschewing the darkly elegant illustrations that are a trademark of his comics. However, this journey to yet another fantastical realm is full of haunting images just the same. The story revolves around Richard Mayhew, a bumbling young businessman, who is about to discover a new side of London after helping a wounded girl named Door. He is trapped in an alternate dimension, known as London Below, or the Underground. Once he steps into it, he finds that his normal life no longer exists. The only chance of getting his old life back is to accompany Door on a dangerous mission across the Underground. Like adults stumbling through the pages of a bizarre children's story, Gaiman's likable protagonists fight off the sinister villains of this nebulous underworld. Shards of the concrete world continually pierce the surreal surroundings, as Gaiman weaves a link between the two dimensions of London. Gaiman's gift for mixing the absurd with the frightful give this novel the feeling of a bedtime story with adult sophistication. Readers will find themselves as unable to escape this tale as the characters themselves. Highly recommended.Erin Cassin, formerly with "Library Journal"
Kirkus Reviews
Some of the best pure storytelling around these days is being produced in the critically suspect genre of fantasy, and this exuberantly inventive first full-length novel, by the co-creator of the graphic series The Sandman (1996), is a state-of-the-art example.

The protagonist, determinedly unheroic Richard Mayhew, is a young man up from the provinces and living in London, where he has found both job success and a lissome fiancée, Jessica. Soon, however, Richard meets a mysterious old woman who prophesies he'll embark on an adventure that "starts with doors." Sure enough, his fate becomes entwined with that of a beautiful waiflike girl who calls herself Door, and who is in flight from a pair of ageless hired assassins and in pursuit of the reason behind the murder of her family. Suddenly wrenched away from his quotidian life (people can no longer see or hear him), Richard follows Door underground to an alternative "London Below," where "people who have fallen through the cracks" live in a rigidly stratified mock-feudal society that parallels that of London Above. A parade of instructors and guides brings Richard and Door ever closer to understanding why her father was marked for death by the rulers of London Below, and prepares Richard to do battle with the (wonderfully loathsome) Great Beast of London. Altogether, Gaiman's story ending is both a terrific surprise and a perfectly logical culmination of Richard's journey into the darkest recesses of his civilization and himself. The novel is consistently witty, suspenseful, and hair-raisingly imaginative in its contemporary transpositions of familiar folk and mythic materials (one can read Neverwhere as a postmodernist punk Faerie Queene).

Readers who've enjoyed the fantasy work of Tim Powers and William Browning Spencer won't want to miss this one. And, yes, Virginia, there really are alligators in those sewers—and Gaiman makes you believe it.

Huffington Post
“For those who have not read Neverwhere, the new edition is the one to read ... readers can experience this spellbinding, magical world the way that Neil Gaiman wanted us to all along.”
Suspense Magazine
“For those who have never been to Neverwhere, it’s time to go. For those who may have traveled once before, this new edition is calling out to you. There is more to see, hear and learn.”
From the Publisher
"Maggs . . . does soundscapes after the manner of Turner painting sea storms. In Neverwhere when Benedict Cumberbatch flew you heard, saw and felt his angel’s wings rise." —Gillian Reynolds, Telegraph

"Funny but haunting . . . black humour and deft characterisations." —Chris Maume, Independent

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Chapter One

She had been running for days now, a harum-scarum tumbling flight through passages and tunnels. She was hungry, and exhausted, and more tired than a body could stand, and each successive door was proving harder to open. After four days of flight, she had found a hiding place, a tiny stone burrow, under the world, where she would be safe, or so she prayed, and at last she slept.

Mr. Croup had hired Ross at the last Floating Market, which had been held in Westminster Abbey. "Think of him," he told Mr. Vandemar, "as a canary."

"Sings?" asked Mr. Vandemar.

"I doubt it; I sincerely and utterly doubt it." Mr. Croup ran a hand through his lank orange hair. "No, my fine friend, I was thinking metaphoncally -- more along the lines of the birds they take down mines." Mr. Vandemar nodded, comprehension dawning slowly: yes, a canary. Mr. Ross had no other resemblance to a canary. He was huge-almost as big as Mr. Vandemar -- and extremely grubby, and quite hairless, and he said very little, although he had made a point of telling each of them that he liked to kill things, and he was good at it; and this amused Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar. But he was a canary, and he never knew it. So Mr. Ross went first, in his filthy T-shirt and his crusted blue-jeans, and Croup and Vandemar walked behind him, in their elegant black suits.

There are four simple ways for the observant to tell Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar apart: first, Mr. Vandemar is two and a half heads taller than Mr. Croup; second, Mr. Croup has eyes of a faded china blue, while Mr. Vandemar's eyes are brown; third, while Mr. Vandemar fashioned the rings he wears on his right hand out of the skulls of four ravens, Mr. Croup has no obvious jewelery; fourth, Mr. Croup likes words, while Mr. Vandemar is always hungry. Also, they look nothing at all alike.

A rustle in the tunnel darkness; Mr. Vandemar's knife was in his hand, and then it was no longer in his hand, and it was quivering gently almost thirty feet away. He walked over to his knife and picked it up by the hilt. There was a gray rat impaled on the blade, its mouth opening and closing impotently as the life fled. He crushed its skull between finger and thumb.

"Now, there's one rat that won't be telling any more tales," said Mr. Croup. He chuckled at his own joke. Mr. Vandemar did not respond. "Rat. Tales. Get it?"

Mr. Vandemar pulled the rat from the blade and began to munch on it, thoughtfully, head first. Mr. Croup slapped it out of his hands. "Stop that," he said. Mr. Vandemar put his knife away, a little sullenly. "Buck up," hissed Mr. Croup, encouragingly.

"There will always be another rat. Now: onward. Things to do. People to damage."

Three years in London had not changed Richard, although it had changed the way he perceived the city. Richard had originally imagined London as a gray city, even a black city, from pictures he had seen, and he was surprised to find it filled with color. It was a city of red brick and white stone, red buses and large black taxis, bright red mailboxes and green grassy parks and cemeteries.

It was a city in which the very old and the awkwardly new jostled each other, not uncomfortably, but without respect; a city of shops and offices and restaurants and homes, of parks and churches, of ignored monuments and remarkably unpalatial palaces; a city of hundreds of districts with strange names -- Crouch End, Chalk Farm, Earl's Court, Marble Arch -- and oddly distinct identities; a noisy, dirty, cheerful, troubled city, which fed on tourists, needed them as it despised them, in which the average speed of transportation through the city had not increased in three hundred years, following five hundred years of fitful road-widening and unskillful compromises between the needs of traffic, whether horse-drawn, or, more recently, motorized, and the needs of pedestrians; a city inhabited by and teeming with people of every color and manner and kind.

When he had first arrived, he had found London huge, odd, fundamentally incomprehensible, with only the Tube map, that elegant multicolored topographical display of underground railway lines and stations, giving it any semblance of order. Gradually he realized that the Tube map was a handy fiction that made life easier but bore no resemblance to the reality of the shape of the city above. It was like belonging to a political party, he thought once, proudly, and then, having tried to explain the resemblance between the Tube map and politics, at a party, to a cluster of bewildered strangers, he had decided in the future to leave political comment to others.

He continued, slowly, by a process of osmosis and white knowledge (which is like white noise, only more useful), to comprehend the city, a process that accelerated when he realized that the actual City of London itself was no bigger than a square mile, stretching from Aldgate in the east to Fleet Street and the law courts of the Old Bailey in the west, a tiny municipality, now home to London's financial institutions, and that that was where it had all begun.

Two thousand years before, London had been a little Celtic village on the north shore of the Thames, which the Romans had encountered, then settled in. London had grown, slowly, until, roughly a thousand years later, it met the tiny Royal City of Westminster immediately to the west, and, once London Bridge had been built, London touched the town of Southwark directly across the river, and it continued to grow, fields and woods and marshland slowly vanishing beneath the flourishing town, and it continued to expand, encountering other little villages and hamlets as it grew, like Whitechapel and Deptford to the east, Hammersmith and Shepherd's Bush to the west, Camden and Islington in the north, Battersea and Lambeth across the Thames to the south, absorbing all of them, just as a pool of mercury encounters and incorporates smaller beads of mercury, leaving only their names behind.

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. Copyright © by Neil Gaiman . Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

Neil Gaiman is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, Anansi Boys, The Graveyard Book, Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains; the Sandman series of graphic novels; and the story collections Smoke and Mirrors, Fragile Things, and Trigger Warning. He is the winner of numerous literary honors, including the Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards, and the Newbery and Carnegie Medals. Originally from England, he now lives in the United States. He is Professor in the Arts at Bard College.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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November 10, 1960
Place of Birth:
Portchester, England
Attended Ardingly College Junior School, 1970-74, and Whitgift School, 1974-77

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Neverwhere 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 682 reviews.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.