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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (Sept. 2 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060557818
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060557812
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (456 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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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.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael Vesker on Oct. 3 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This story is a really great tale of magic but for a mature audience. I completely identified with the hero's frustrations with regular life, and the snide comments about our society ring true.
For those just looking for a fun read this is no less of a treasure, think of this book as Alice In Wonderland if it had been written by Stephen King with Douglas Adams type humor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GinRobi on Nov. 4 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
**Spoiler Alert!** If you plan on reading the book, do not continue reading this review. ... Okay, but don't say I didn't warn you.

Richard Mayhew is just your everyday Average Joe who moved to London to procure a number-crunching job. He meets a girl and becomes engaged. Life seems to be great. However, Richard is an absent-minded person. He forgets his keys, loses track of time, etc... On the way to dinner with his fiancee (with a reservation he forgot to confirm), where he was supposed to impress her boss, Richard stops by a rag girl who is exhausted, frightened and hurt. Jessica (who is most definitely a woman who prefers her way or the highway) demands he leave her for someone else to take care of. And when he picks up the girl to take her home, Jessica (her name isn't Jess) threatens to end their engagement. Richard disregards her statement and takes the girl home to mend. Little did he know how bad life was about to get.

"Door" can open doorways without keys, can open doors where there are none. It was her ability that helped her escape her would-be assassins, Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar, and brought her to London Above. But Richard doesn't understand her meaning. No worries, reluctantly, he soon will. Her would-be assasssins manage to track her down, but Richard manages to get rid of them. With her face now plastered on Missing posters throughout the neighborhood, Door sends Richard for help and he brings back the Marquis de Carabas. As she leaves, she apologizes. Little does Richard know how deep that apology actually goes. For Richard's life, as he knows it, is now over. Jessica broke their engagement and refuses to see or talk to him. When he arrives at work, his possessions are removed from his desk. His flat is leased to another couple - while he's in the tub!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DanD on June 2 2004
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Richard Mayhew is a normal guy. His girlfriend's a bit obsessive, and his career seems to be going nowhere. But then he meets Door--a young girl he finds on the street, bleeding. Richard takes Door back to his apartment, where he lets her rest and get better.
Before long, a couple "men" come looking for her. They are Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar--two wisecracking, charming, thoroughly sadist and bloodthirsty individuals. They promise to tear out Richard's liver and feed it to him...and they mean to keep it.
In an effort to protect himself, and to find out why he seems to be disappearing from the normal world, Richard tracks down Door...and finds something he never suspected: London Below, a world BELOW the city of London, where the phrase "Mind the gap" at rail stations means something entirely different...where a beast stalks a huge labyrinth...and a fallen angel plots a dastardly scheme...
Neil Gaiman is a thrilling, imaginative author. "Neverwhere" will hold you rivited to your seat with its action, suspense, and the perils of Richard Mayhew and his naivity. It's a must for fans of sci-fi, fantasy, and good old adventures.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Oct. 11 1998
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I made it half way through. But come on, aside from the character mentally noting several times that his life was gone, the author made no attempt to make him appear at all concerned that he had lost everything and was now in a completely alien environment. Even worse: Could anyone possibly protect door from the killers? No...only Hunter could stand a chance. And GEE, guess who shows up as the bodyguard a few pages later. Oh Hunter! There you are! Glad they worked you in so well. And the lame image of the "knockout amazon" was too much. Anytime a strong female character appears in these shallow books, she has to be stacked. Please. Also, the characters of Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandawhatever were shamelessly stolen from the Bond movie "Diamonds are Forever." So I guess what I'm saying is skip this one.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Feb. 23 2004
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This story was built with a rich imagination. I loved reading about what odd scenario the characters would find themselves in next. It was clever, interesting, and quite a page turner. The characters, however, especially Richard and Door, were too shallow. I never took to them the way I wanted to. I didn't long for their success. Door had so much potential, but the details just never came out, and Richard, well he was mostly a doofus. If this author could make us really care for the characters, this would be world-class storytelling.
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Neil Gaiman read the audio version of his novel, Neverwhere. He did a great job portraying the insecure voice of the main character, Richard Mayhew. I didn't enjoy Neverwhere as much as I did The Ocean at the End of the Lane, but still it was a fun read. Neverwhere was my second Neil Gaiman book, and I can understand why so many readers enjoy his work. He has quite the imagination. His books are like a Tim Burton movie. I loved London Below and all the characters; Richard, Door, the Marquis, Hunter, and most of all: villains Croup and Vandemar.

"Dear Diary, he began. On Friday, I had a job, a fiancée, a home, and a life that made sense. (Well, as much as any life makes sense). Then I found an injured girl bleeding on the pavement, and I tried to be a Good Samaritan. Now I've got no fiancée, 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."

Awesome book. Very well-written. A solid four stars. I look forward to discovering more of Mr. Gaiman's work.
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