Lot of people seem to like this review still I ve decided to abuse the popularity of this review to attempt to steer fans of Neverwhere towards a few other books that I think they will enjoy Despite the theme of the review being Read Neil Gaiman the books listed below are actually by different authors since I think I ve already made it clear that you should read Neil Gaiman So aside from all of those here are a few other recommendations1 Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart An epic hilarious mythological adventure2Wool by Hugh Howey A pretty dark and serious tale of people living underground on a ruined world3 The Baroue Cycle by Neal Stephenson A lobetrotting adventure set among a lovingly researched historical backdrop 4 Little Brother by Cory Doctorow A nerd finds himself suddenly and unexpectedly being stalked by his own Island Girls (and Boys) government and doesn t think it s so cool I won this in a GoodreadsFirstreads Giveaway Yay Look at these pictures Sorry for the darkness We were in the sunlight but it canceled us out Anyhoo I am in love with the looks of this little book It doesn t have a dust jacket It s one of my fav hardbacks I love them without the dust jackets I have added a picture of the front and back I have also added a picture of just one of the many illustrations through out the book and the inside book flap that isn t really a flap but they made it look like one Now if I can just love the book D OMG I sat here trying to think where I new Chris Riddell that did the illustrations through out this book As soon as I started and saw the picture of the older Richard Mayhew it freaking hit me The picture looked like arown up picture of Twig from The Edge Chronicles that Chris Riddell did the illustrations on D I loved those books too Anyway this was a dark little book but it also had hope for a man that was hopeless Richard Mayhew is living a life that is boring in my opinion He Calvinists Incorporated: Welsh Immigrants on Ohio's Industrial Frontier goes to work doing boring work He has a fiance Jessica that announces they areetting married and pretty much tells him everything to do what to wear etc She s so beautiful that he just does it and he s a sort of a push over but I like him Once day a Stretching Lessons: The Daring that Starts from Within girl pops out of a door when Richard and Jessica are hurrying to a dinner with one of Jessica s clients Richard stops to help theirl who is bleeding and pretty much blows Jessica off Yay Richard takes the Call the Next Witness girl named Door to his home and lets her rest as she doesn t want to be taken to a hospital Turns out these creepy dudes named Mr Croup and Mr Vandemar are after her Suddenly Richard is dragged into the world of London Below It s a very dark story in London Below Richard is stuck there trying to help Door and some others When he tried too back home once he didn t exist so he was stuck down below Richard wrote a diary entry in his head Dear Diary he began On Friday I had a job a fiancee a home and a life that made sense Well as much as any life makes sense Then I found an injured Building for the Arts: The Strategic Design of Cultural Facilities girl bleeding on the pavement and I tried to be a Good Samaritan Now I veot no fiancee no home no job and I m walking around a couple hundred feet under the streets of London with the projected life expectancy of a suicidal mayfly But over time helping these peoplecreatures Richard finds a meaning to his life When he Bulletproof Feathers: How Science Uses Nature's Secrets to Design Cutting-Edge Technology goes back to London Above he realizes it s not where he belongs I loved the characters in this book even the evil ones were written terrifically I love love loved that Richard finally found his place in the world He really is aood uy Happy Reading Mel MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading List I first started reading this book and honestly wanted to just chuck it in the bin I said very mean things about the protagonist under my breathSurely I said a Protagonist means that they are pro and totally into furthering the story Surely Protagonist is the similar to Proactive and ProductiveI was wrong The word Protagonist in its basic form is not similar to proactive It simply from the Greek plays means the principle character or the first speaking characterHowever I maintain that the kind of protagonist that most people want to read about is one that actually bloody does somethingHistoryLanguage lesson overNeverwhere is a book that TRIES to be clever and magical In many senses it utterly manages to be magical and creative and fun It fails however to be clever There are so many lines in this book intending to be dry wit and just come off dry stupid Allow an example There are four simple ways for the observant to tell Mr Coup 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 jewellery fourth Mr Croup likes
words whi this full review is now POSTED on my blog what better time to pretend there s whi this full review is now POSTED on my *blog what better time to pretend there s magical other world beneath ours than now find it *what better time to pretend there s magical other world beneath ours than now find it the song oes Do you believe in magic in a Neil Gaiman book And the answer is yesWell the answer for me is yes I can t comment on your answer But like if your answer is nowhat is wrong with you Read a damn Neil Gaiman book you cretin Allow yourself that happinessAnywayThe fact that this is Neil Gaiman s first novel makes me want to throw up and die How do you write a first novel like this It is beautiful it is creative it is magical it has lovely prose The world is clear and well constructed It is action packed and well characterized seriously all the characters are so lovable Also IT PULLED ME OUT OF A READING SLUMP A READING SLUMP I SAIDIt is in short an on paper perfect book Paper pun intended Directly stealing my own description of another Neil Gaiman book Coraline only semi intended But if Neil Gaiman would stop writing perfect books it d be avoidable soThat s really all there is to say This book is perfect and it s a debut and there is absolutely no justice or sense in this worldBut fingers crossed there s a little bit of Neil Gaiman style magic in itBottom line Is Neil Gaiman well on his way to being on my favorite authors list Stay tuned But yes He is pre reviewi Charlestown Blues goddamn love neilaimanreview to come currently reading updatesno i m not just picking up an increasing number of books and marking them as currently reading in order to distract myself from the fact that i haven t finished a book in forever and i m definitely in a reading slump why do you ask. Pults 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 Neverwher.
It Had A Bithad a bit and spite about it even a swear word or two and an instance of bosom fondling Neil Gaiman you naughty schoolboyBut there is a childlike simplicity to his writing and I can t escape the feeling that it s all a bit too YA for me Neil strikes me as one of those men who has bypassed puberty on the way to adulthood His undoubted secret superpowers are his wonderfully fertile imagination and an unsurpassed ability to connect with his inner childThe book is wonderfully Dickensian in parts and Gaiman elicited a lot of knowing nods and smiles from me with his in jokes and observations of the London Underground Neverwhere is as adult lite as I expected it to be but it was also a fantastical wonderfully escapist read I enjoyed it than I thought I would but doubt I ll read any of his Thank you MatthewYou can see his review here Apatt Seriniyom s splendid review I didn t enjoy this book as much as I should have I kept distracting myself with the thought Why the hell haven t I read of Neil
Gaiman s books Then I would have to tell myself to shut up because I ms books Then I would have to tell myself to shut up because I m one right now and I can return to berating myself laterNeil Gaiman really understands fantasy He understands that it isn t elves dancing in a forest and drunk dwarves mining for old with improbably well maintained beards No fantasy is a reflection of reality but fantastic It isn t an alternate reality but reality through the lens of imagination and possibly some mind altering substances Not only does he capture the essence of fantasy perfectly but he does so with the trickiness and charming language that seems to be uniuely in the realm of British humorists He rarely describes anything in a completely straightforward manner instead choosing to almost fool the reader into visualizing his delightful or when appropriate very undelightful characters and events I couldn t help but to be completely charmed by and immersed into London Below right up until the point when some jackass started to wonder Why the hell haven t I read of Neil Gaiman s booksSo a few years later and Is is the city of the people who have fallen between the cracksRichard Mayhew a young businessman is oing to find out than enough about this other London A single act of kindness cata. ,
Okay so people have been telling me to read Neil Gaiman for ages They assume I ve read American Gods because the premise is similar to the Percy Jackson series Well I still haven t read American Gods but I did pick up Neverwhere in the Heathrow airport and read it on the way back home I enjoyed it a lot Great fantasy wonderful sense of humor I can understand why Gaiman is so popular I ll have to look up his other books Richard Mayhew had a perfectly ordinary life thank you very muchHe had a job that he didn t uite hate a fairly decent apartment and a lovely fiancee despite what his friends thought One night he and his fiance stumble upon a broken bleeding irl The strangest thing His fiance couldn t uite see the Communism girl or like once she noticed the bleedingirl his fiance would just as uickly un notice herShrugging that off Richard takes the How to Read the American City Close Up girl back to NeverwhereUpon beginning a review of Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman my first thoughts were to write that even a bad Gaiman novel was better than most other authors best work But this is unfair Neverwhere is not a bad novel at all Compared to Stardust or Anansi Boys or especially the masterpiece American Gods it lacks the epic presence and may even be categorized as one of Gaiman s lesser works What is present though is Gaiman s phenomenal writing his brilliant and original imagination and his ability to simply tell aood story This was entertaining and the literary Catholics, Anglicans, and Puritans ground is ripe for Neverwhere adventures if he ever decided to return and he has hinted that he may Croup and Vandemar are two of his best charactersFor Gaiman fans but would not be the best to begin a tour of his impressive canon A 80% Very Good Notes Wherein the hero twice and villain share the same desire view spoilerdeliverance from exile to a world they long to return to hide spoiler Neverwhere was my first real introduction to the world of urban fantasy a clever take on Alice in Wonderland one can say set in the semi magical unsubtly dangerous and uite fantastically warped world of London Below Young man he said understand this there are two Londons There s London Above that s where you lived and then there s London Below the Underside inhabited by the people who fell through the cracks in the world Now you re one of them Good night Neverwhere is one of my all time favorite books It has just the right amount of wild imagination inexplicably somehow stillrounded in firm reality a healthy dose of absurdity and strangeness remarkably colorful larger than life characters unforgettable setting that is of a character than a simple backdrop and of course sufficient amount of lovely dry humor Besides there is that certain something in Neil Gaiman s writing that keeps bringing me back to his works that cleverness I Consumed: Food for a Finite Planet guess that boldness in his approach to writing that apt descriptiveness that burns scenes into your mind without becoming boringly detailed or repetitive and the bit of mesmerizing darkness he harbors in all of his works regardless of the theme or target audienceIn Neverwhere Gaiman uses the old techniue of taking a person belonging to the regular world and throwing them into the midst of a fantastical reality using the protagonist as our eyes into this world think of Alice in Wonderland or The Wizard of Oz or its younger siblings like Mi ville s Un Lun DunRichard Mayhew is a timid and perfectly average Londonuy who suffers from a noticeable lack of figurative backbone and the only time in his life he does show some of that ill fated backbone combined with some very real compassion he ets himself into trouble that is waaaay over his head Let Richard tell you about it himself Dear Diary he began On Friday I had a job a fianc e a
HOME AND A LIFE THAT MADEand a life that made Well as much as any life makes sense Then I found an injured irl bleeding on the pavement and I tried to be a Good Samaritan Now I ve Conversations with Nelson Algren got no fianc e no home no job and I m walking around a couple of hundred feet under the streets of London with the projected life expectancy of a suicidal fruitfly Unwittinly having thwarted an assassination attempt on a youngirl named Door and having helped her because let s face it he s basically a decent uy Richard suddenly finds himself in the London Below a place for those who no longer belong to the regular London Above a place for those who have slipped through the cracks of ordinary reality It is a place that exists outside of our conventions of time and space touching our reality but not uite overlapping it There are little pockets of old time in London where things and places stay the same like bubbles in amber she explained There s a lot of time in London and it has to o somewhere it doesn t all Contested Reproduction: Genetic Technologies, Religion, and Public Debate get used up at once I may still be hung over sighed Richard That almost made senseJust like London Above London Below is a melting pot except for this one is for relics and discards and misfits of all kinds of times and legends and beliefs and tales It is a place for those who fell between the cracks think of those you usually do not notice even if you walk past them on the street like the homeless for instance they are already invisible to us It is also a place for those who spent too much time in the company of the supernatural and for those who don t fit in our world You can view it as a colorful tapestry or aptly as a dirty filthy rag made of mismatched and threadbare bits and pieces that once were somethingrand and even now create a mesmerizing albeit puzzling effect through their sheer strangeness and unexpected combinationAnd it is
A PLACE THAT HAS TEETH ANDplace that has teeth and ready to bite It is harsh and cruel full of menacing dangers lurking around every corner Friends can uickly turn into foes and promising a favor is a serious thing that can Cop Knowledge: Police Power and Cultural Narrative in Twentieth-Century America get you far in this world It takes skill to survive hereAnd Richard is very much NOT prepared for that His life so far he decided had prepared him perfectly for a job in Securities for shopping at the supermarket for watching soccer on the television on the weekends for turning up the thermostat if heot cold It had magnificently failed to prepare him for a life as an un person on the roofs and in the sewers of London for a life in the cold and the wet and the darkLondon Below is a place populated with creatures that have enough color and flair to them to easily stand out against the drab background of life and their surroundings Of course I m talking about Maruis here the not so honest and yet. Under 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 Dealing with Risk: Why the Public and the Experts Disagree on Environmental Issues girls in black velvet Th.