Under the streets of London there's a world most people could never even dream of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, and pale girls in black velvet. Richard Mayhew is a young businessman who is about to find out more than he bargained for about this other London. A single act of kindness catapults him out of his safe and predictable life and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and yet utterly bizarre.
There's a girl named Door, an Angel called Islington, an Earl who holds Court on the carriage of a Tube train, a Beast in a labyrinth, and dangers and delights beyond imagining.... And Richard, who only wants to go home, is to find a strange destiny waiting for him below the streets of his native city.
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"A very fine and imaginary writer" (The Sunday Times)
That has been the best novel I have read in a long time. Every character managed to leap off the page and play in my brain while I read this novel. The only way that I can think of describing it is to say that it's like Alice in Wonderland written for adults in modern London where there is a London Above which we can all see and a London Below which is secret and goes unseen by everyone in London Above. Richard Mayhew moves from London Above to London Below after he stops to help a woman on the street and it's his search to help the woman answer why her family has been murdered and a way for Richard to get back to London Above.
Messrs Croup and Vandermar have to be the best written villains I have ever read and I really wish that at some point (if he hasn't already done so) Gaiman writes a spin-off for these two. Every scene they were involved in was lifted by their presence and I wanted more of them, so much more. Gaiman completely explored the world and I'm not sure if there could ever be a sequel but a novel in the same world would be spectacular.
"Interesting idea and a novel take on the capital"
I enjoyed this journey into a subterranean, parallel London where time and space are a little elastic and features of London become living things. Not so keen on the rats (never a big fan). Gaiman's narration is consistent as ever and the plot is fine although you can see certain parts of it coming from a considerable distance but he tells the story effectively and enjoyably. I have given this 4 stars as I did enjoy the book but did not feel it was as good as 'Americans Gods' which reflects the fact that personally speaking I found the characters and plot lines more engaging. Still a very good book which I really enjoyed.
I had never read or listened to a Neil Gaiman book before but I loved this book. Entertaining to the very last page. Would definitely recommend
"Most amazing book ever!"
Compelling, imaginative and so well written. Entertaining magic
Neil narrating his own book -Genius!
A must read.
A Must listen.
Great story, great characters and a wonderful flip side to the London I know.
What's more the author brings his own characters to life like no one else ever could.
"Escapism of the nicest kind!"
This is a lovely dreamy book! The story weaves its way through a fantasy London inhabited by colourful characters. The Earl of Earl's Court, the Old Bailey and Islington all come to life to paint a picture of an alternative world which will not fail to tickle your fantasy bone! Gaiman's reading is just fantastic! I didn't give it 5 stars because it isn't my favourite. I liked American Gods better, but that's a matter of taste, not a reflection on this book's quality!
"Why haven't I read this before now?"
Great story, Neil narrates brilliantly.
As good as American Gods (almost).
I'll try to find the TV adaptation from years ago.
Enjoyable story and well narrated by the author. I remembered a tv adaptation of the book from years back.
Neil Gaiman has never let me down. If you're a lover of his style I think you'll love this too. I was instantly drawn in and fell in love with the characters. I am however left wanting more. There are a few questions I'd love answered. Maybe we have Neverwhere 2 to look forward to.
Now for my personal big *sadface* as I don't have any more long format Neil Gaiman books to read.
Off twitter Mr G and write. We need more books!
Gaiman reads his own work very effectively. He conveys the cartoonish, steampunk fun of the novel through the ironic narration and comic dialogue. My chief issue with Neverwhere is that its narrative structure is not very tight. The climax is rather anticlimactic and the entire last hour of the audiobook is self-indulgent and pointless. Overall though, it was good fun and I will return to Gaiman in the future.
"JUst as good as the tv and radio play"
Having now watching this on the tv and listened to the radio play this book was even more absorbing, if fact I was so engrossed I managed to listen to the whole book in two days. Well worth the time
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