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Neverwhere's protagonist, Richard Mayhew, learns the hard way that no good deed goes unpunished. He ceases to exist in the ordinary world of London Above, and joins a quest through the dark and dangerous London Below, a shadow city of lost and forgotten people, places, and times. His companions are Door, who is trying to find out who hired the assassins who murdered her family and why; the Marquis of Carabas, a trickster who trades services for very big favors; and Hunter, a mysterious lady who guards bodies and hunts only the biggest game. London Below is a wonderfully realized shadow world, and the story plunges through it like an express passing local stations, with plenty of action and a satisfying conclusion. The story is reminiscent of Douglas Adams's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, but Neil Gaiman's humor is much darker and his images sometimes truly horrific. Puns and allusions to everything from Paradise Lost to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz abound, but you can enjoy the book without getting all of them. Gaiman is definitely not just for graphic-novel fans anymore. --Nona Vero --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Starred Review. 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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I love Neil Gaiman and this book is a such a fantastical journey. It's dark at times but that's life and you get taken on surprising paths in this book. Read morePublished 12 days ago by B C
There were certain passages in the book that moved me deeply. To me this story is a metaphor on growing up and embracing the responsibilities of the adult world in all its... Read morePublished 19 days ago by notes from
Excellent x 100! Great book. This was my first Neil Gaiman so I was quite happily surprised and excited to find a new author to indulge in. Read morePublished 2 months ago by dmc888
My favorite from Neil Gaiman. Capturing, imaginative, and so well written.Published 4 months ago by Marie-Pier Valiquette
It’s an entire world just under your feet, in the vast underground networks that form the urban environment, where people who’ve fallen through the cracks of society vanish from... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Matthew Rettino
All Neil Gaiman is magic. Between him and Terry Pratchett, I have to think I just have no imagination. All is good, though, as long as he continues to share his.Published 15 months ago by vern shook