This is an excellent work of urban fantasy! Richard is a typical office worker in London, and isn't too thrilled with his mundane life. When he finds an injured girl lying on a sidewalk, he follows her into "London Underground" where strange creatures and stranger characters exist and aren't exactly friendly. It's a bit like Alice In Wonderland for grown-ups.
This book was like a dark fairy tale, and by dark I don't just mean the wolf scaring grandma into her closet. In this book, the wolves are sadomasochistic eaters of the dead- and the living. The tales of the sewer alligators of NYC and the "beast of London" are all true in this book. Richard Mayhew is an average, if not a bit foolish (he collects those ugly troll dolls), man living in London whose life changes when he plays "good samaritan" and saves the life of a special little girl.
Less esoteric than "American Gods" this book was a much easier read!
I only made it half-way through this book....and that was because I kept pressing on thinking things would start to make sense or come together. Now, I may never know, but I'm ok with that. This is a very imaginative story, with many unexpected turns and characters...and you would think that would make it a winner, right? It was just too much. Too many characters...perhaps leading to...NoWhere? After allowing my imagination to follow this book where-ever it was leading...in the end, I put it down because I just didn't care to finish it. Gross creatures and wierd deaths were it's most gripping moments. Jumps through time...or is it space...left me confused. All-these characters and none of them seemed to connect or be fully built. Just suddenly they are there and then not there. Sort of a dark "Alice in Wonderland"...without the silly, fun, or humor. Sorry to say, for all it's great other reviews, Neverwhere was...Neverfinished for me!
Loved it! As a friend of mine said once, Neil Gaiman must have some special fairy dust he sprinkles on all his books--they're all great reads!
Great book! This is one of those great books that sets up an underground, unbeknownst to us sort of fantasy world that the main character stumbles into- done right! Not all writers can pull this sort of plot off, but Gaiman does great it great. (if you've already seen the BBC production of this, don't worry its not as bad as they made it at all!)