NeverwhereUpon beginning a review of Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman my first thoughts were to write that even a bad Gaiman novel was better than most other authors best work But this is unfair Neverwhere is not a bad novel at all Compared to Stardust or Anansi Boys or especially the masterpiece American Gods it lacks the epic resence and may even be categorized as one of Gaiman s lesser works What is Rolling Thunder present though is Gaiman shenomenal writing his brilliant and original imagination and his ability to simply tell a good story This was entertaining and the literary ground is ripe for Neverwhere adventures if he ever decided to return and he has hinted that he may Croup and Vandemar are two of his best charactersFor Gaiman fans but would not be the best to begin a tour of his impressive canon Richard Mayhew had a Ye Castle Stinketh: Could You Survive Living in a Castle? perfectly ordinary life thank you very muchHe had a job that he didn t uite hate a fairly decent apartment and a lovely fiancee despite what his friends thought One night he and his fiance stumble upon a broken bleeding girl The strangest thing His fiance couldn t uite see the girl or like once she noticed the bleeding girl his fiance would just as uickly un notice herShrugging that off Richard takes the girl back to his apartment at her insistence and tends to her wounds She leaves in the company of a maruis for the Under London A few short days later much to his horroreople start to react to Richard the same way Their glances slide off him they cannot hold conversations it s like he has disappeared When his landlord shows Richard s apartment to a rospective buyer with Richard still in there Richard knows that he has to go to the Under London as well Door the injured girl from before takes ity on Richard and allows him to join her crew though much to his dismay this new world is filled with sewer Bootie and the Beast people terrifying women and the worstossible creatures and things I want to go home Then he mentally underlined the last sentence three times rewrote it in huge letters in red ink and circled it before utting a number of exclamation marks next to it in his mental margin I really enjoyed how much of a reluctant adventurer our main character is Finally a character who reacts the way I would on a uest That being said there were so many intriguing side characters that it s almost disappointing to follow the only normal human I would have loved to hear this story from the erspective of Door or the maruis Gaiman does a fantastic job of weaving in fantasy elements into his novel eual amounts of horror and delight I was absolutely fascinated How does he even come up with such ideas I mean maybe I am crazy I mean maybe But if this is all there is then I don t want to be sane Audiobook CommentsRead by the author which is always a lus especially when done by Neil Gaiman He always reads so well I swear this man could read anything and I d give it a listen The 2018 PopSugar Reading Challenge A book that is also a stage lay or musical Aside Door s whole family has the special ability to open doors at any time anywhereand what does her dad name her Door Are you seriousYouTube Blog Instagram Twitter Snapchat mirandareads Happy Reading Okay so The Art of Mary Beth Edelson people have been telling me to read Neil Gaiman for ages They assume I ve read American Gods because theremise is similar to the Percy Jackson series Well I still haven t read American Gods but I did ick up Neverwhere in the Heathrow airport and read it on the way back home I enjoyed it a lot Great fantasy wonderful sense of humor I can understand why Gaiman is so opular I ll have to look up his other books this full review is now POSTED on my blog what
*better time to *time to there s a magical other world beneath ours than now find it here the song goes Do you believe in magic in a Neil Gaiman book And the answer is yesWell the answer for me is yes I can t comment on your answer But like if your answer is nowhat is wrong with you Read a damn Neil Gaiman book you cretin Allow yourself that happinessAnywayThe fact that this is Neil Gaiman s first novel makes me want to throw up and die How do you write a first novel like this It is beautiful it is creative it is magical it has lovely Motivational Perspectives on Chronic Pain prose The world is clear and well constructed It is actionacked and well characterized seriously all the
CHARACTERS ARE SO LOVABLE ALSO IT PULLED ME OUTare so lovable Also IT PULLED ME OUT A READING SLUMP A READING SLUMP I SAIDIt is in short an on aper erfect book Paper None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different from Us (and Why That's a Good Thing) pun intended Directly stealing my own description of another Neil Gaiman book Coraline only semi intended But if Neil Gaiman would stop writingerfect books it d be avoidable soThat s really all there is to say This book is Puta perfect and it s a debut and there is absolutely no justice or sense in this worldBut fingers crossed there s a little bit of Neil Gaiman style magic in itBottom line Is Neil Gaiman well on his way to being on my favorite authors list Stay tuned But yes He isre reviewi goddamn love neil gaimanreview to come currently reading updatesno i m not just 伝説の勇者の伝説 5 出来心の後始末 picking up an increasing number of books and marking them as currently reading in order to distract myself from the fact that i haven t finished a book in forever and i m definitely in a reading slump why do you ask I first started reading this book and honestly wanted to just chuck it in the bin I said very mean things about therotagonist under my breathSurely I said a Protagonist means that they are Killer Games pro and totally into furthering the story Surely Protagonist is the similar to Proactive and ProductiveI was wrong The word Protagonist in its basic form is not similar toroactive It simply from the Greek lays means the rinciple character or the first speaking characterHowever I maintain I won this in a GoodreadsFirstreads Giveaway Yay #Look at these ictures Sorry for the darkness We were in the sunlight but it canceled # at these ictures Sorry for the darkness We were in the sunlight but it canceled out Anyhoo I am in love with the looks of this little book It doesn t have a dust jacket It s one of my fav hardbacks I love them without the dust jackets I have added a Cocksure picture of the front and back I have also added aicture of just one of the many illustrations through out the book and the inside book flap that isn t really a flap but they made it look like one Now if I can just love the book D OMG I sat here trying to think where I new Chris Riddell that did the illustrations through out this book As soon as I started and saw the Beyond the Cliffs of Kerry (Bold Women of the 18th Century, picture of the older Richard Mayhew it freaking hit me Theicture looked like a grown up Porto Bello Gold picture of Twig from The Edge Chronicles that Chris Riddell did the illustrations on D I loved those books too Anyway this was a dark little book but it also had hope for a man that was hopeless Richard Mayhew is living a life that is boring in my opinion He goes to work doing boring work He has a fiance Jessica that announces they are getting married andrett. Under the streets of London there's a lace most eople could never even dream of A city of monsters and saints murderers and angels knights in armour and ale girls in black velvet Th. Y much tells him everything to do what to wear etc She s so beautiful that he just does it and he s a sort of a ush over but I like him Once day a girl ops out of a door when Richard and Jessica are hurrying to a dinner with one of Jessica s clients Richard stops to help the girl who is bleeding and Kaki vojaki: roman v rimah in slikah pretty much blows Jessica off Yay Richard takes the girl named Door to his home and lets her rest as she doesn t want to be taken to a hospital Turns out these creepy dudes named Mr Croup and Mr Vandemar are after her Suddenly Richard is dragged into the world of London Below It s a very dark story in London Below Richard is stuck there trying to help Door and some others When he tried to go back home once he didn t exist so he was stuck down below Richard wrote a diary entry in his head Dear Diary he began On Friday I had a job a fiancee a home and a life that made sense Well as much as any life makes sense Then I found an injured girl bleeding on theavement and I tried to be a Good Samaritan Now I ve got no fiancee no home no job and I m walking around a couple hundred feet under the streets of London with the rojected life expectancy of a suicidal mayfly But over time helping these eoplecreatures Richard finds a meaning to his life When he goes back to London Above he realizes it s not where he belongs I loved the characters in this book even the evil ones were written terrifically I love love loved that Richard finally found his lace in the world He really is a good guy Happy Reading Mel MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading List I didn t enjoy this book as much as I should have I kept distracting myself with the thought Why the hell haven t I read of Neil Gaiman s books Then I would have to tell myself to shut up because I m reading one right now and I can return to berating myself laterNeil Gaiman really understands fantasy He understands that it isn t elves dancing in a forest and drunk dwarves mining for gold with improbably well maintained beards No fantasy is a reflection of reality but fantastic It isn t an alternate reality but reality through the lens of imagination and ossibly some mind altering substances Not only does he capture the essence of fantasy erfectly but he does so with the trickiness and charming language that seems to be uniuely in the realm of British humorists He rarely describes anything in a completely straightforward manner instead choosing to almost fool the reader into visualizing his delightful or when appropriate very undelightful characters and events I couldn t help but to be completely charmed by and immersed into London Below right up until the oint when some jackass started to wonder Why the hell haven t I read of Neil Gaiman s booksSo a few years later and a lot of Bear Boy people seem to like this review still I ve decided to abuse theopularity of this review to attempt to steer fans of Neverwhere towards a few other books that I think they will enjoy Despite the theme of the review being Read Neil Gaiman the books listed below are actually by different authors since I think I ve already made it clear that you should read Neil Gaiman So aside from all of those here are a few other recommendations1 Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart An epic hilarious mythological adventure2Wool by Hugh Howey A Black Women in White America pretty dark and serious tale ofeople living underground on a ruined world3 The Baroue Cycle by Neal Stephenson A globetrotting adventure set among a lovingly researched historical backdrop 4 Little Brother by Cory Doctorow A nerd finds himself suddenly and unexpectedly being stalked by his own government and doesn t think it s so cool There are two Londons There s London above and then there s London belowThis book was recommended to me by genial Goodreads friend Matthew uann whose effusive review sealed the dealI was initially reticent Having read Gaiman s The Ocean at the End of the Lane I felt that his writing was a bit young for my own Worlds Beyond The Poles personal taste and decided that though delightful his books weren t for this beyond middle aged sourpussDespite my misgivings I dived in and was immediately beguiled the story returning me to a childhood of Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz as was Gaiman s intentOur antihero Richard Mayhew is a total wuss who fails to meet the high standards set for him by his high maintenance fianc e Jessica But Richard though annoying is generous of spirit and one day skips an important business dinner to aid a blood and mud caked girl who collapses at his feet on a LondonavementHe is soon drawn into a lamplit subterranean world of sewer dwellers rat munchers and antomime villains Oh and there s a maruis and an angel thrown in for good measureI enjoyed this than I did The Ocean at the End of the Lane it had a bit grit and spite about it even a swear word or two and an instance of bosom fondling Neil Gaiman you naughty schoolboyBut there is a childlike simplicity to his writing and I can t escape the feeling that it s all a bit too YA for me Neil strikes me as one of those men who has bypassed uberty #on the way to adulthood His undoubted secret superpowers are his wonderfully # the way to adulthood His undoubted secret superpowers are his wonderfully imagination and an unsurpassed ability to connect with his inner childThe book is wonderfully Dickensian in arts and Gaiman elicited a lot of knowing nods and smiles from me with his in jokes and observations of the London Underground Neverwhere is as adult lite as I expected it to be but it was also a fantastical wonderfully escapist read I enjoyed it than I thought I would but doubt I ll read any of his Thank you
MATTHEWYOU CAN SEE HIS REVIEW HERE APATT SERINIYOM Scan see his review here Apatt Seriniyom s review Neverwhere was my first real introduction to the world of urban fantasy a clever take on Alice in Wonderland one can say set in the semi magical unsubtly dangerous and uite fantastically warped world of London Below Young man he said understand this there are two Londons There s London Above that s where you lived and then there s London Below the Underside inhabited by the eople who fell through the cracks in the world Now you re one of them Good night Neverwhere is one of my all time favorite books It has just the right amount of wild imagination inexplicably somehow still grounded in firm reality a healthy dose of absurdity and strangeness remarkably colorful larger than life characters unforgettable setting that is of a character than a simple backdrop and of course sufficient amount of lovely dry humor Besides there is that certain something in Neil Gaiman s writing that keeps bringing me back to his works that cleverness I guess that boldness in his approach to writing that apt descriptiveness that burns scenes into your mind without becoming boringly detailed or repetitive and the bit of mesmerizing darkness he harbors in all of his works regardless of the theme or target audienceIn Neverwhere Ga. Is is the city of the Monster der Woche people who have fallen between the cracksRichard Mayhew a young businessman is going to find out than enough about this other London A single act of kindness cata. Iman uses the old techniue of taking aerson belonging to the regular world and throwing them into the midst of a fantastical reality using the Fragen Und Wege Zur Rechtseinheit in Deutschland protagonist as our eyes into this world think of Alice in Wonderland or The Wizard of Oz or its younger siblings like Mi ville s Un Lun DunRichard Mayhew is a timid anderfectly average London guy who suffers from a noticeable lack of figurative backbone and the only time in his life he does show some of that ill fated backbone combined with some very real compassion he gets himself into trouble that is waaaay over his head Let Richard tell you about it himself Dear Diary he began On Friday I had a job a fianc e 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 avement and I tried to be a Good Samaritan Now I ve got no fianc e no home no job and I m walking around a couple of hundred feet under the streets of London with the rojected life expectancy of a suicidal fruitfly Unwittinly having thwarted an assassination attempt on a young girl named Door and having helped her because let s face it he s basically a decent guy Richard suddenly finds himself in the London Below a Ones and Zeroes place for those who no longer belong to the regular London Above alace for those who have slipped through the cracks of ordinary reality It is a lace that exists outside of our conventions of time and space touching our reality but not uite overlapping it There are little ockets of old time in London where things and Kluge places stay the same like bubbles in amber she explained There s a lot of time in London and it has to go somewhere it doesn t all get used up at once I may still be hung over sighed Richard That almost made senseJust like London Above London Below is a meltingot except for this one is for relics and discards and misfits of all kinds of times and legends and beliefs and tales It is a Hugh Hefner's Playboy, 6 Volumes (Collectors) place for those who fell between the cracks think of those you usually do not notice even if you walkast them on the street like the homeless for instance they are already invisible to us It is also a The Race for What's Left: The Global Scramble for the World's Last Resources place for those who spent too much time in the company of the supernatural and for those who don t fit in our world You can view it as a colorful tapestry or aptly as a dirty filthy rag made of mismatched and threadbare bits andieces that once were something grand and even now create a mesmerizing albeit uzzling effect through their sheer strangeness and unexpected combinationAnd it is a lace that has teeth and is ready to bite It is harsh and cruel full of menacing dangers lurking around every corner Friends can uickly turn into foes and The Journal of Latrobe; Being the Notes and Sketches of an Architect, Naturalist and Traveler in the United States from 1796 to 1820 (Burt Franklin ,) promising a favor is a serious thing that can get you far in this world It takes skill to survive hereAnd Richard is very much NOTrepared for that His life so far he decided had Menace of Club Mephistopheles prepared himerfectly for a job in Securities for shopping at the supermarket for watching soccer on the television on the weekends for turning up the thermostat if he got cold It had magnificently failed to Practical Programming prepare him for a life as an unerson on the roofs and in the sewers of London for a life in the cold and the wet and the darkLondon Below is a lace opulated with creatures that have enough color and flair to them to easily stand out against the drab background of life and their surroundings Of course I m talking about Maruis here the not so honest and yet brave and loyal for a reasonable Work and Integrity: The Crisis and Promise of Professionalism in America price of a favor Maruis de Carabas the guy who you would ultimately want covering your back in a sticky situation as long as you can overlook the fact that he may have had something to do with creating the said sticky situation in the firstlace He Richard began The maruis Well you know
*to be honest *be honest seems a little bit dodgy to meDoor stopped The steps dead ended in a rough brick wall Mm she agreed He s a little bit dodgy in the same way that rats are a little bit covered in fur With characters like Maruis or the enigmatic single minded Hunter or retty much anyone Richard comes in contact with in this weird mixture of rooftops and sewers and underground tunnels London Below is a confusing blur to Richard s tired and overwhelmed senses Some things don t make sense Others
make way too much sense are way tooway too much sense are way too Earl s Court or Knightsbridge for instance He is so out of lace here it s almost Alphabet of Classical Dance painful to read as you wince and cringe at hisathetic attempts to clutch to what he continues to view as safety and sanity And no this sanity does not normally involve girls named Door or a charming scoundrel Maruis de Carabas or Angel Islington or outwordly hired thugs Croup and Vandemar or Rat Speakers or Beast of London or the real Old Bailey or the nonexistent British Museum underground station where Earl s Court can get you if you so please Richard did not believe in angels he never had He was damned if he was going to start now Richard did not believe in angels he never had He was damned if he was going to start now it was much easier not to believe in something when it was not actually looking directly at you and saying your name But eventually Richard may just may start discovering something about himself that is a bit adjusted in the world that has slipped through the cracks than real London In other words Richard Mayhew just may have gone native Unlike Dorothy and her Toto he may not want to just live happily ever after in his version of Kansas Metaphors failed him then He had gone beyond the world of metaphor and simile into the An Unmarried Lady place of things that are and it was changing himAfter all haven t we all at someoint asked a uestion about what is the meaning of all that we are doing Haven t we always wondered whether there ay be something else we may be better suited to be and do Haven t we wanted to escape somewhere well else Different Isn t that some of the reasons we wan t to immerse ourselves into worlds of fantasy at least for a short while Work Home The ub Meeting girls Living in the city Life Is that all there is Usually however the oint is to return home enriched by experiences of the outwordliness and of course gain some appreciation for the life we used to take for granted before Because of course no matter how much we want to we will never escape the real life Or can we After reading this book I know I would want to had I been in Richard s Copra: Round One place But I cannot and so I appreciate my mundane uneventful life but what if I didn t have to Who knows The maruis de Carabas raised an eyebrow Well he said irritably Are you comingRichard stared at him for a heartbeatThen Richard nodded without trusting himself to speak and stood up And they walked away together through the hole in the wall back into the darkness leaving nothing behind them not even the doorway A 80% Very Good Notes Wherein the hero twice and villain share the same desire view spoilerdeliverance from exile to a world they long to return to hide spoile. Pults him out of his workday existence and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and utterly bizarre And a strange destiny awaits him down here beneath his native city Neverwher.