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Neverwhere | [Neil Gaiman]

Neverwhere

Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancée. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever. Soon he finds himself living in a London most people would never have dreamed of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels. It is a world that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations.
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Publisher's Summary

Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancée. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever.

Soon he finds himself living in a London most people would never have dreamed of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels. It is a world that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations. And it is the home of Door, the girl whom Richard rescued, and whom, if he is ever to return home, he must now help in her mission to preserve this strange underworld kingdom from a mysterious figure determined to destroy it.

If Tim Burton rewrote Phantom of the Opera, if Jack Finney had a dark side, if you rolled up the best of Clive Barker, Peter Straub, and Caleb Carr into one, you still wouldn't have Neil Gaiman. In Neverwhere, he delivers one of the most absorbing reads to come along in years.

©1996, 1997 Neil Gaiman; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"Gaiman's gift for mixing the absurd with the frightful gives 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." (Library Journal)
"[Gaiman] is, simply put, a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him in any media." (Stephen King)

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    Russ Asheville, NC, USA 04-11-08
    Russ Asheville, NC, USA 04-11-08 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Reading"

    Neil Gaiman writes a wonderful story and reads it superbly. I'm not a big fan of fantasy fiction, but this book is NOT TO BE MISSED!

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    Lynda Vancouver, WA, USA 04-09-08
    Lynda Vancouver, WA, USA 04-09-08
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    "Wonderful"

    I loved this book. I would recomend it to anyone who likes to visit those strange, often scary 'other places' that we want to believe exist

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    Daniel Ogden, UT, United States 03-09-08
    Daniel Ogden, UT, United States 03-09-08
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    "Cream of the Crop!"

    This is one of the top ten books I would recommend. Absolutely fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Michelle waycross, GA, USA 02-21-08
    Michelle waycross, GA, USA 02-21-08 Member Since 2014
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    "consistently good work"

    This was not as entertaining as American Gods but was a very easy read that had my imagination racing with so many visual cues to such memorable characters. It was a delight.

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    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 02-03-08
    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 02-03-08 Member Since 2015

    I love books!

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    "figuring Gaiman out"

    Maybe there is no figuring Neil Gaiman out. But I did watch the Startdust movie just today and I feel like I better understand this book, maybe he's improved his storytelling as well. This book is a fantasy tale. I don't know what I thought it would be but that's what it was. The description of London Below and the quest seemed to drag at times. Maybe Gaiman's tales are better suited for the big screen where you can get more of the imagery. I will be following him now watching his creations.

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    Sarah East Patchogue, NY, United States 01-28-08
    Sarah East Patchogue, NY, United States 01-28-08 Member Since 2014
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    "wonderful"

    Having This Author read his work is an added bonus. He's got a wonderful reading voice. I wish he would read all his works. This book is highly addictive if you are trapped in your office and bored of things at the moment. The character gets pulled into a world so alien to himself yet brings out the best in him and helps him find himself and what is important. Mix this with wonderful descriptions and lively adventures and you're sure to become addict to his work as I have. He's got a brilliant sense of humor which will leave you smiling to yourself.

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    Angie Kansas City, MO, United States 01-22-08
    Angie Kansas City, MO, United States 01-22-08 Member Since 2010

    Immigration lawyer in Kansas City. I like Character driven dramas, fantasy (monsters, magic and witches oh my!) and coming of age stories. Favs include: The Book Thief, The Game of Throne series, Harry Potter Series, Dresden Files, Nightside series, anything by Neil Gaimen, 100 Years of Solitude.

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    "Another great book from this author"

    This author is really growing on me and I like this book much better than American Gods, I can't wait to read more. The whole concept of a London below, a parallel universe is really fascinating. The narrator was excellent too.

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    astaats2 01-20-08
    astaats2 01-20-08

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    "Writers don’t always make the best narrators"

    This story is decent (I just didn’t get into it), but the narration was either trying to put me to sleep or make me mad. It kinda drowned on then he would start alternating between quiet & loud so I had to constantly turn the volume up & down. This is also only the 2nd book in 4 years that I wouldn’t have finished if it wasn’t for the faster play option on the ipod to speed things along.

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    D. Schaffer New York 01-14-08
    D. Schaffer New York 01-14-08 Member Since 2014

    Bones

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    "AN ELCELENT DISTRACTION"

    This book takes you on a tour of another world. THe rules of this world closely follow the rules that we live by only warped a bit. Set in near present day London it is a cross between the "Langolears" and "The Cronicals of Thomas Covenant".

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    Dawn Deltona, FL, United States 01-02-08
    Dawn Deltona, FL, United States 01-02-08 Member Since 2009
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    "Never Again!"

    I bought into the "best-seller" status of this book and it's 4 stars, but this is one of the most ridiculous books I've read in awhile. The scenes are contrived and predictable. The characters are not likeable or worthy of our sympathy. I found myself rooting for the cut-throats. As a true lover of fantasy and horror, this was just a horrible attempt at pulling narnia, potter, atlantis and what-nots into one very uninspired and bland tale. Don't be fooled by the rating! This is not worth your time.

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