Book Reviews of Neverwhere

Neverwhere
Neverwhere
Author: Neil Gaiman
ISBN-13: 9780380789016
ISBN-10: 0380789019
Publication Date: 11/1/1998
Pages: 386
Rating:
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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4.1 stars, based on 697 ratings
Publisher: Avon
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 11
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.
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Helpful Score: 4
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!)
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Helpful Score: 4
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!
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Helpful Score: 4
Mind the Gap.

A wonderfully imaginative and dark story of London Above and London Below. This was my introduction to Gaiman's writing and I'm hooked. I can't get enough of him.
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Helpful Score: 4
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!
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Helpful Score: 3
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman is an urban fantasy. The wonderful read takes place above and below the metropolis of London! Sometimes I forget how much I enjoy an author's writing until I read another novel by that author. Such was the case with Neverwhere. It is a very good read. Who could not like the bumbling hero, Richard Mayhew, and the talented heroine, Door. The plot is so good and the book flows so well that one cannot wait to turn the next page and suddenly the book has ended. I wish it could have lasted longer.. And, who cannot help but smile at the antics of the rascal, the marquis de Carabas. I give this one 5 stars! Wonderful job Gaiman.
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Helpful Score: 3
The kind of book I would have adored at 12.Entertaining enough for adults though.The London underground takes on a whole other meaning in this novel.
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Helpful Score: 2
I had gone to a Neil Gaiman's book signing. Not because of this one book but because of others of his. I noticed that when his fans asked him questions it was mainly about this book. I decided I must buy it and read it.
How glad I am that I did. The story takes place in London. Not just the London we know (which is called London above in the book) but also one called London below. Which of course is underground. There a man named Richard is swept from his comfortable and boring life in London above to the more magical and dangerous London below. He meets many new and different people, goes through many perils and is on his own quest to get back to London Above. I don't want to ruin it for you from there but the one thing I can say is that I hated for this book to end. I think I could of gone on forever reading it.
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Helpful Score: 2
Once you get into story, it's a very enjoyable read. Hard to get all the characters straight in the begining, but once there, you will be captivated. The book is graphic and mystical in nature, and I generally avoid this genre. If you ridden the London Underground, it is especially interesting. Mind the gap!
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Helpful Score: 2
I guess I am missing something in the translation because normally Neil Gaiman is a fantastic writer. I just couldn't get into this book at all. I really didn't care what happened to any of the characters because I just didn't bond with any of them. Maybe the TV series that this book is based on is better?
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Helpful Score: 2
Fantasy with a comic book flair. I love the imagination and imagery Gaiman conjures with his writing.
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Helpful Score: 2
What a delightful fantasy filled with refrences so thick and tasty you can't put it down. Class status, haves and have nots but have everything. From start to finish, you can't wait to read what happens next!
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Helpful Score: 1
What a fun romp this one is! Neal Gaiman takes us into the London Underground, but as an alternate reality that you would love to believe exsists.
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Helpful Score: 1
This is a fabulous book! It is like Alice in Wonderland for adult lovers of thrillers and adventure!!! I will be reading everything by Gaiman that I can get my hands on!!!!!!!!!! You will LOVE it!
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Helpful Score: 1
Kept me intrigued throughout... I didn't want to put it down!
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Such a good book. He is able to give a view straight into his imagination
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This was my first book in a sci-fi genre. Gaiman tells an amazing story about what lies beneath London, and the society that thrives in the tunnels. Really good!
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Helpful Score: 1
An engaging adventure - felt a bit familiar, but the imagination in this book, the world created, was something I wanted to share more of.
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Helpful Score: 1
It definitely started off slow, but once the action picked up it really was a wonderful book!
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Helpful Score: 1
Quite a different book. It took only a chapter or two to get swept into the underground word. I wish there had been a sequel but this book was great. Reminded me a little of Wonderland and the marketplace from Stardust.
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Helpful Score: 1
A hidden underworld kingdom in London. Gaiman at some of his best.
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Helpful Score: 1
"A dark contemporary 'Alice in Wonderland'" Richard Mayhew goes from his normal life as a London securities broker to being invisible to the people he knows after rescuing a damsel in distress
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Helpful Score: 1
Not what I expected from all the hype. A very good peek into basic Gaiman worldview, but it was written without all the typical richness I usually expect from this author, in my opinion. He has written better, but still was worth the read.
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I loved it. I took me a short while to get into it, but once I did, I was hooked. Not sure I would categorize it as science fiction, but that might be the closest genre. Anyway, I highly recommend it. A truly great read.
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Helpful Score: 1
This was probably my favorite Neil Gaiman book I've read. I'd seen the BBC series, so nothing was much of a surprise (the 2 versions are pretty faithful), but it's just a weird and wonderful story - and with the ending that many many such books OUGHT to have but don't!

Reading this book reminds me of reading TS Eliot when I was a kid, before I'd ever been to England, and all the place-names were imbued with a mystic and legendary feeling....
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Helpful Score: 1
four stars
A book about the London underground and tunnel-dwelling creatures would have been cheesy, overdone, and just plain stupid if not written by a talented author, such as Neil Gaimon! Not my usual kind of book, but I am glad I read it. Enjoyed the occasional humor and wit, as well as a villainous pair, who where horrible, but had me chuckling at times with their use of ten and twenty-dollar words.
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Besides Coraline, this is the first book I've read from this author. I got it because I had read good reviews and I'm so glad I did. The story is fabulous and the characters so much fun. Totally worth the time and effort.
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Helpful Score: 1
This is one of those books you give up sleep to finish reading. The underworld and fantasy of it all keeps you wanting more. Great read, even after the third time around.
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Helpful Score: 1
A very unique book and my first by Neil Gaiman. A dark fantasy of underground London, brimming with imaginative characters and adventure. I wasn't sure how I felt about it when I first started it because it was so different than anything I have ever read, but I finished it in less than three days and will gladly try another by this author.
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Helpful Score: 1
I found this book to be a LOT of fun to read. Perfect commuter book, extremely visual and funny. I really enjoyed it.
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I absoutely loved this book. Very outside of my normal genre (historical fiction) but I still loved it. The parallel world in 'London Below' is fantastic--now it has me wondering, "could it be real?". I stayed up late in the night and had to force myself to put it down in order to get some sleep. I even loved how it ended--it left me wanting more! Will definately go on my favorite list!!!
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I love stories where mundane real life gets involved with the fantasy world. Gaiman does a great job with this in Neverwhere. A very entertaining book.
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Here's a link to the Amazon reviews, which say more than I could say myself.
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Neil Gaiman's world of London Below is well thought out and it sounds like a delightful place to visit. I really enjoyed this book, the humor just sneaks up and bites you. I would recommand this book to anyone looking for something different.
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I have always liked Neil Gaiman's books, but it usually takes me several chapters to get into them. Neverwhere hooked me from the first chapter! As the result of one act of kindness, Richard Mayhew finds himself forced to live in an alternate London he never knew existed. Now he must find a way to get his old life back. This book is Alice in Wonderland AND The Wizard of Oz for adults.

If you are a Neil Gaiman fan, you will not be disappointed.
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This was a very quick, couldn't put it down read. A combination of Alice in Wonderland/Wizard of OZ tale. Loved it!
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Very well-written, very imaginative. Not your typical fantasy novel. Gaiman creates a whole new world and brings the reader in completely. I definitely recommend.
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Neverhwre is a dark, gothic urban fantasy that takes place in London Underground. While the characters are eccentric and unique, you will find no vampires, weres or faeries in this novel. Instead, Gaimans fantastical world is a reflection of reality an alternate reality.

Richard is a young businessman leading a normal existence. On his way to dinner with his fiancé one evening, he stops to rescue a young women who is lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He takes the girl named Door back to his apartment. The next day, she has fully recovered and asks him to find someone name the Marquis de Carabas. She needs this person to aid her in escaping some of the most evil, vile characters Ive ever encountered in fiction Croup and Vandemar. Once Richard returns to his apartment with the Marquis, the Marquis and Door both vanish immediately.

Richard soon learns that his interactions with these strange people have literally turned him invisible to the world. He loses his job, his apartment, no one recognizes him anymore. He has now become a part of London Below. People who "slip through the cracks" takes on an entirely new meaning in this novel.

Richard sets out to find Door in London Below so he can get his life back. Along the way, he meets Rat Speakers, crosses a dark and mysterious underground bridge that has the tendency to gobble people up as they cross, and finds a Floating Market under Harrods, of all places. He discovers that Lady Door is someone of nobility in this underworld, and she is on a mission to discover the people behind her familys demise. At this point, Richard has no other option but to join her in the quest to bring down the malevolence that is out to destroy this world.

The series of events in this book are intense, grim and treacherous. Richard is quite unremarkable and about as normal as one can be, but he grows on you. His desire to get back to his normal existence in London Above is his main motivation to continue on this insane ride, but the more involved he comes with London Below, the more his chances to leave it diminish. Door is a fantastic character who is way more than she seems.

The descriptions of these areas and people are very visual and detailed. Gaimans writing is engaging, simplistic and full of wonderful expression. He has a sense of humor when breathing life into his characters. For example, Croup and Vandemar are like Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, but cruel and inhumane. They are vile and enjoy bringing pain and death, yet they speak as though they have been raised by the Queen herself. They are extremely eloquent, which is in contrast to their despicable personalities. Its odd and funny. Also, the entire cast of eccentric and odd-ball characters are accepted for who they are in London Below. They can be themselves without being shunned by society. It kinda makes you wonder which reality is better

When I recently visited London for the first time, it was so great to see all the landmarks talked about in this book. The names of tube stations were especially fun for me because of their use in the book. The Earl of Earls Court is quite a character in the book, and runs his court on an abandoned Tube train that has its own schedule and route. I wanted to take a picture in front of the Earls Court Tube sign, but it never happened. That scene is one of my favorites. The Black Friar monks are housed in Blackfriars and Islington is an Angel, an important character in the story.

Neverwhere was actually an urban fantasy TV mini-series in the mid 1990s that aired on BBC. Ive watched some of the series through Netflix and it so hokey and ridiculous! But, Gaiman decided to put the TV series into book form, and it is gloriously awesome. Its very much an Alice in Wonderland-esque story, which is probably why I was drawn to it. Alice is my favorite Childrens book! In short, Gaiman is a wonderful storyteller, and this story is sure to keep your interest until the very end. This book receives every star I own.
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Very interesting and unique plot. Great read.
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What a great story! And from an expert storyteller. I haven't read a Gaiman book that I didn't love. This one is very clever and so well done.
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Neverwhere was an easy and interesting read. The plot twists and climactic scenes were, perhaps, somewhat simplistic, but in a good way. The dry, absurd humor reminded me a bit of Terry Pratchett. Also, the lack of well defined rules for the world that Gaiman constructs reminded me of Discworld. And of course, all the references to particular places in London would likely mean more to people familiar with the city than they did to me.
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Incredibly inventive, creative and imaginative. Highly recommended!
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This book was my introduction to Neil Gaiman, and I enjoyed it very much. I've always loved darker fantasies, without the disneyfied glitter that has ruined so many tales like this, and this is one I think I'll be returning to again and again.
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An interesting combination of fantasy and horror. About Richard Mayhew who is (book jacket) "propelled into a world he never knew existed - a dark subculture flourshing in abandoned subay stations and sewer tunnels below the city - a world far stanger and more dangerouw than the only one he has ever known."

Not knowing London this book didn't have the same shock value that American Gods had for me, but still memorable
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A great book by a very imaginitive author. Very dark, but extremely engaging.
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A very good book. Gaiman doeas a great job of having his main character comically stumble through a serious story with some very dangerous people. Take ' The Hitchhikers Guide' and trough some blood and murder into it, and you get an idea of how this book reads.
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Reminded me a bit of the TV show "Beauty and the Beast"with the subterranean alternative universe
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This book was awesome! A highly entertaining read.
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I thought this book was wonderful and i really couldnt put it down, i loved it and i w would recomend it to anyone who likes a well-crafted, Highly Visual, imaginative book. it was sorta like a dark contemporary 'alice in wonderland'
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A dark sontempory Alice in Wonderland.
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Very interesting story and interesting concept. It's hard to put this one down!
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Dark, thrilling, scary. Lots of colorful characters and creepy villians and a not-so-perfect hero.
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Very intersting concept. I enjoyed this book a lot, and will be looking for more books by this author.
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Good quick read, but not as good as American Gods (AG is on my top s books read all time). Gaiman's story focuses on a young man who lives is London + becomes involved in the underworld, a place where the regular laws of physics do not hold. He becomes entangled with Door, a girt of she underworld, who is on a quest to discover who and why her entire family was murdered. The protagonist finds himself unable to return to his regular life in London, and thus joins Door in her quest.
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Pleasantly suprised to discover Neil Gaiman is not as overrated as I feared. This one is kind of a Alice in Wonderland meets The Hitchhiker's Guide fantasy/mystery. Who killed Door's family? Will Richard ever find his way back to his familiar London? One of a kind to be sure.
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Very well written and definitely has a creative plot. I liked it enough to want to read more by him!
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I never thought I would enjoy this kind of story, but I could not put this book down. I cannot wait to read more of Gaiman's work!
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A book that will keep you turning the page, hoping to reach the end so you'll find out what happens, but wishing it would never end because you don't want it to be over. I'm usually not a fan of science-fiction/fantasy type novels, but this one definitely grabbed my attention right from the beginning, and kept it through to the end.
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Good stuff! Complex and futuristic, a beneath the ewarth sci-fi that is very well written.
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I loved this book. Of course, I love just about anything by Gaiman, but this book is a definite favorite; I really had trouble turning homework in the two or so days I spent reading it.

Mr. Gaiman is just so nice to look at, too.
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Very good! I didn't want this story to end.
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This is an amazing book that based on a tv series which was based on a famous comic book series. It is about an ordinary Londoner meets an injured girl in the street and is whisked away to a parallel city of London. It is an under-world populated by sad, cruel and desparate people, including the young girl who is trying to avenge her parents murder. He gradually loses more and more his connections to "London above" as he gets sucked into the mysterious "London below".
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Definitely a Fun read. Some fantasic ideas are throughout this book. At times the humor seems a little forced or rote. This was my first book by Gaiman (alone, I have read books he coauthored) and I will read more of his work.
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An earlier Gaiman book ever bit as good as "American Gods".
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An okay work. Interesting, but nothing in here that wowed me.
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I absolutely loved this book. In fact, had I not accidentally bought a second copy, this would never leave my bookcase. I recommend any of Gaiman's work.
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I tried with this book. I got half way and gave up. It seemed to me as though an excellent author who was drunk or really tired was trying to write this story, sometimes you were on track, then the next you had no clue what was going on.
I love Neil Gaiman, he is one of my favs, I loved, "The Graveyard Book", I thought reading, "Neverwhere" would be a cinch, surly it would be as good, well....no way, no how, NO. I know from other reviews people loved this book, I am not one of them. It felt like I was in a nightmare, I had to keep pushing myself to continue on. I just couldn't do it, by the time I finished half way, I was so confused I had no idea what was happening.
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I loved this book, it is unique and will keep you up at night!
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Fun, well-written dark fantasy.
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One of the most thoughtful and delightful books, by one of the most wonderful authors. Read this book, you will be better for it.
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A fascinating story. It appealed to the part of me still charmed by magic. I enjoyed the characters and the settings, reading the better part of it while sitting on my ass in a disused hospital room with other background actors like me, dressed as patients, doctors, nurses, orderlies, a few lawyers, and even as U.S. Secret Service agents protecting a mythical dream-sequence TV wannabe President. It occurs to me that I participate in magic on a regular basis myself, so I shouldn't be too hard on written stories that emply magic as a plot device, although often a rather convenient one.
The story transported me to another world, taking me away from this one, which is what I count on fiction to do, and it did so very admirably. The writing is smooth and clean and the story is crafted to move along quickly. Some things made me laugh, and some made me smile. I could see this world quite clearly, and almost smell it. Sucked me right in. Thank you Mr. Gaiman.
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Neil Gaiman is an incredibly gifted writer, and while "Neverwhere" might fall in the genre of young adult fantasy, it is with guilt that I admit I enjoyed every minute of it. I've read two other books since this, yet his characters linger as does the alternate world he created in the London underground and subway system. There was never a moment when I was bored or wanted to put this book down. Given that I'm many decades older than Gaiman, this is a testament to his writing skill and his ability to create an entire world from pure imagination. Loved it. Love this writer.
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While an interesting idea, I wasn't fond of the way it was written. I had an extremely hard time getting into the book. While I did finish it, I had to force myself to do so.
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This book was everything that I have come to expect from Neil Gaiman: witty, clever, very creative, a little creepy, rather dark, and an overall great read.

"Neverwhere" was a fascinating glimpse into the previously unseen world of an alternative and underground London. There was so much to like about this book! I reveled in the banter between the pair of primary hitmen. I was just as swept away as the main character, Richard, when the humors and horrors of this brand new world were steadily revealed.

And while I enjoyed this book immensely, I did have a few compalints. This new world was creative and intriguing, but it was also incomplete. I wanted to know more! Some of the characters were only partially developed. In a sense this book would have been better written as a trilogy in order to fully understand the history and motivations of all of the characters. There was a lot in the book that you had to simply take on faith. There was very little explanation for many of the "why's" and "how's" for characters and events, and in that sense I felt the book was a little lacking.

But these are complaints only of someone who liked the book so much that I was truly disappointed that there wasn't more to read. Overall, it is still a rewarding read and one that is well worth recommending.
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Fun to read.
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like an adult Harry Potter with more sinister twists.
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Neil Gaioman -- nuff said!
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This reads like the adventures of the love child of Alice in Wonderland and Arthur Dent, as transcribed by Stephen King.

Gaiman's fantasy adventure takes place in a âLondon Belowâ as his protagonist gets sucked into a mad and dangerous quest in a magical / malevolent culture existing under the streets of London, where time is fluid, loyalties shift, and violent death is a constant possibility. First of a series.
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Awesome author check out all his books!