By Neil Gaiman
- Release Date: 2009-03-17
- Genre: Fantasy
Neverwhere Neil Gaiman Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars
“Neil Gaiman is undoubtedly one of the modern masters of fantasy writing....For those who have not read Neverwhere, the new edition is the one to read, and is a fitting introduction to Gaiman’s adult fiction....American readers can experience this spellbinding, magical world the way that Neil Gaiman wanted us to all along.” —Huffington Post
The #1 New York Times bestselling author’s ultimate edition of his wildly successful first novel featuring his “preferred text”—and including his special Neverwhere tale, “How the Marquis Got His Coat Back”.
Published in 1997, Neil Gaiman’s darkly hypnotic first novel, Neverwhere, heralded the arrival of a major talent and became a touchstone of urban fantasy.
It is the story of Richard Mayhew, a young London businessman with a good heart and an ordinary life, which is changed forever when he discovers a girl bleeding on the sidewalk. He stops to help her—an act of kindness that plunges him into a world he never dreamed existed. Slipping through the cracks of reality, Richard lands in Neverwhere—a London of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth. Neverwhere is home to Door, the mysterious girl Richard helped in the London Above. Here in Neverwhere, Door is a powerful noblewoman who has vowed to find the evil agent of her family’s slaughter and thwart the destruction of this strange underworld kingdom. If Richard is ever to return to his former life and home, he must join Lady Door’s quest to save her world—and may well die trying.
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User reviews about this book
Good book, not great. A little predictable and formulaic.
I will forever remember this book.
It’s magical and unexpectedly unique. I’ll continue to tell everyone about this book. I’m not usually a fan of magic or fantasy novels but decided to try this out after someone recommended it to me. It’s so deserving of a limited series and you’ll see why. It will never be enough...
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Fresh Life Breathed into an Old Concept
This Review was first published on Kurt's Frontier.
If you live in London, there is place so close you could reach out and touch it, yet could walk for a thousand miles and never reach. Under London, there is a place most of the citizenry of the city could never dream of. A place of monsters, saints, creatures of legend, and people who have fallen between the cracks.
Richard Mayhew finds out more than he ever wanted to know about London. A simple act of kindness pulls him out of his everyday existence. He is now following a girl named Door and the Marquis de Carabas on a quest of discovery and revenge. A strange destiny awaits him. A battle against murderers and monsters.
What if there were a world that existed alongside our own. Suppose that a simple act could send a person in our world careening into the other. Richard Mayhew worked in a London office. He planned to marry a girl named Jessica. He could best be described as a doormat. Then he helps a girl from the other world. This simple act takes him into a world of magic and darkness but makes him a stranger to his own world.
Neil Gaiman takes the reader into the magical world under London and somewhat out of phase. Richard finds that he no longer exists in his own world. To have any chance of getting back, he has to help Door on a quest of her own. Door is the oldest daughter of Lord Portico. She is the last survivor of her family, and she wants to find out who ordered them killed.
The concept, while not entirely new, has had fresh life breathed into it. The imagery has a dark nature, but the pace is relatively modest. The story was quite enjoyable.
By Big Max 1
I love the Graveyard Book - and I am an adult. This one is as awesome and magical and imaginative and ingenious.
A good read
I really liked this story! Not the best book I've ever read but it was very interesting and creative and kept me intrigued. I would definitely recommend this for anyone looking for something to read. It's a bit dark but I enjoyed it.
By E F G
If you are a fan of Sandman or of American Gods....keep reading. If not, I really don't care what you do (in the nicest possible way, of course).
This is NOT the book you are looking for. Sorry Mr. Gaiman. Wow. Disappointment.
Bad spin up on Alice in Wonderland, predictably set up on the darker side of things.
Can't recommend it. At all.
PS - loved Sandman and American Gods. Disappointed with all the rest of his work.
Dark & Mysterious
Great read, horrible transition from book to television (as usual) but what a great story - can be read to children and great for adults with creative minds. As always, simple but effective with Gaiman.
By J. Byron
This was brilliant. Do something nice for yourself and read it.
I was in Neverwhere
By DrKate aka The Rock Doctor
A week ago, I had never read anything by Neil Gaimon. After stumbling onto "Ocean at the End of the Lane" and devouring it, I next chose "Neverwhere" and could not put it down. Mr. Gaimon created an enchanting, albeit disturbing, world in London Below. I cared about the characters throughout and was thoroughly satisfied with how the story wrapped up. I'm a fan!
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