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  • Turtleback
  • Publisher: Demco Media (July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0606216251
  • ISBN-13: 978-0606216258
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.8 x 3.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (444 customer reviews)


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Feb. 23 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on July 18 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Subterranean alternate-cultures are a fascinating little niche in modern literature. However, "Neverwhere" never attains the characterization or depth of Neal Shusterman's "Downsiders," combining sketchy characterization with truly worthy chills.
Except for an odd fortuneteller's warning, Richard Mayhew appears to have everything going well. He has a good job and a fiancee whom he loves -- until the day he and his fiancee stumble over a young woman bleeding in the street from a stab wound. He carries the girl, who calls herself "Door" and refers to the city as "London Above," back to his apartment, fixes her up, and helps her back to wherever it is she came from.
But a sinister pair came by while she was recovering, the deliciously evil and creepy Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar. And the sudden loss of his identity quickly drives Richard deeper into "London Below," a shadow world of rat-girls called Anesthesia, body-guardians, the bizarre marquis, and a hideous Beast of London whom he must try to battle...
I have heard exceptional things about Neil Gaiman, and enjoyed the beautifully-written "Stardust." However, perhaps this was an "off" item for Gaiman; there isn't much charm or interest in this story. Part of that stems from the lead character, Richard: He's a limp dishrag of a character, who reacts blandly to every situation, no matter how fantastical or terrifying it is. When his friends don't recognize him and strangers don't see him, his noticeable emotion is not frustration and anger, but a sad "oh well, I guess I'm in trouble." This might not have harmed the book, except that Richard is the lens through which the readers see the story. There are brief exceptions: passages that focus on other characters entirely, which are delightfully written and very spicy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Oct. 11 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 20 1998
Format: Hardcover
I loved Gaiman's work on Sandman, among other titles, and thus eagerly awaited this novel. Never before have I been so frustratingly disappointed. Neverwhere is predictable, clumsy, garbage -- unworthy of such a normally original and creative writer. I recommend any Gaiman fan stay away from this book, as it may irrepairably damage their opinion of him.
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By Debra Purdy Kong TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 3 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Investment analyst Richard Mayhew is rushing with his fiancée Jessica to meet her boss for dinner when he discovers a young woman bleeding on the street. Despite Jessica’s protestation, Richard stops to help the woman, a decision that changes his life forever. The woman, known as Door, is unusual and so is the world she comes from far beneath London. Through a variety of circumstances, Richard finds himself trying to survive in Door’s world, and the odds aren’t great.

Neverwhere is a terrific fantasy that deals with larger issues than day-to-day survival. While accompanying Door on her quest to find out who killed her family, Richard longs for his old boring life. But as time progresses, he grows more attached to Door and more accepting of the oddities he finds below London.

The unique abilities that Door and other characters have, and the evil Richard encounters are interesting, vivid, and at times horrifying. The characters are quite different compared to other fantasies I’ve read. In fact, this is one of the best books I’ve read this year. The pacing, creativity, narrative descriptions, and writing style are terrific. It’s no wonder that Neil Gaiman has so many fans.
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By Umantis on Dec 23 2013
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This was my first Neil Gaiman book and because of this book I've purchased three more!
Great book! Great edition!

Buy it, you won't be disappointed!
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