- 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: 376 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #117,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Neverwhere: A Novel Paperback – Sep 2 2003
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“For those who have not read Neverwhere, the new edition is the one to read ... readers can experience this spellbinding, magical world the way that Neil Gaiman wanted us to all along.” (Huffington Post)
“For those who have never been to Neverwhere, it’s time to go. For those who may have traveled once before, this new edition is calling out to you. There is more to see, hear and learn.” (Suspense Magazine)
About the Author
Neil Gaiman is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, Anansi Boys, The Graveyard Book, Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains; the Sandman series of graphic novels; and the story collections Smoke and Mirrors, Fragile Things, and Trigger Warning. He is the winner of numerous literary honors, including the Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards, and the Newbery and Carnegie Medals. Originally from England, he now lives in the United States. He is Professor in the Arts at Bard College.
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I throughly enjoyed it.
But instead of talking scarecrows, munchkins and cities shimmering in green, Gaiman takes us on a well versed trip to a place that lies below our feet; the invisible city of the underworld. The themes of good vs. evil, trust vs. betrayal, appearance vs. character and values vs. wealth all play themselves out in this whimsical, and yet macabre, fantasy. The persons who have 'fallen through the cracks of life' fill this novel with intriging tales of their survival and purpose in life. And, as the last chapter reveals, be careful what you wish for, because you may actually attain it.
I highly recommend this novel to any and all lovers of symbolic fantasy tales that stretch our imagination and allow us to view our everyday life from a healthier perspective. Bravo! Well done!
This is disappointing to me for several reasons: I love *Good Omens*, the book penned with Pratchett; *A Graveyard Book* is fantastic; *Stardust*, the *Sandman* graphic novels, *American Gods*, *Coraline*, all absolutely top-notch. But where these books were roaring successes, in my opinion, *Neverwhere* doesn't reach to the same quality as Tim Power's *Last Call*, Kostova's *The Historian*, Pérez-Reverte's *The Club Dumas*, or Eco's *Foucault's Pendulum*. Esteemed company, perhaps, and maybe the comparisons are unfair, but all of these books deal with a subgenre of speculative fiction called secret histories. *Last Call* takes Arthurian legend (drawn from his *The Drawing of the Dark*) and recasts the idea of a King with the trappings of tarot and poker in late 20th century Vegas. *The Historian* unravels the Dracula legend through Vlad the Impaler. *The Club Dumas* intertwines the history of a copy of *The Three Musketeers* with a book that purports to be able to summon the devil. Finally, *Foucualt's Pendulum* takes the secret history motif and twists it slightly, casting a secret society, The Tres, as the creation of three intellectuals as they create books on the supernatural, a la the Time Life series from 90s infomercials.
But *Neverwhere*? There are interesting ideas with the book: the idea of people being able to open doors between distant rooms, night markets of the bizarre, mundane and supernatural, in an upscale department store, even preternaturally aged (and immortal?) assassins... but the story put together left me with a feeling that all of this was the superficial trappings of a book that had a very lean quest plot. The *depth* of these other books was not found within *Neverwhere*.
This is what I found most frustrating about the book: the Kindle version being far more expensive than the original paperback copy I owned, it added little to the narrative (or, at the very least, couldn't convince me out of my initial impression). Maybe I liked the other books because they had more authenticity to them: the secret *histories* were actually based on real history, and perhaps I'm being unfair by judging this book alongside such robust company. Personally, I felt like there were worthwhile parts within the novel, but they didn't come together in a cohesive way.
So: if nothing else, this review contains the names of books you may like if you liked (or didn't like) *Neverwhere*. Time will tell, but I don't believe that this novel will be held up as the strongest of Gaiman's oeuvre.
I went with a story I had read years ago and I'm not disappointed.
The casting and sounds are great and it transports you to another world.
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