Neverwhere

Neverwhere

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Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but demanding fiancee. Then one night he stumbles across a girl bleeding on the sidewalk. He stops to help her - and the life he knows vanishes like smoke. Several hours later, the girl is gone too. And by the following morning Richard Mayhew has been erased from his world. His bank cards no longer work, taxi drivers won't stop for him, his landlord rents his apartment out to strangers. He has become invisible, and inexplicably consigned to a London of shadows and darkness - to a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations. He has fallen through the cracks of reality and has landed somewhere different, somewhere that is Neverwhere. For this is the home of Door, the mysterious girl whom Richard rescued in the London Above. A personage of great power and nobility in this murky, candlelit realm, she is on a mission to discover the cause of her family's slaughter, and in doing so preserve this strange underworld kingdom from the malevolence that means to destroy it. And with nowhere else to turn, Richard Mayhew must now join the Lady Door's entourage in their determined - and possibly fatal - quest. For the dread journey ever-downward - through bizarre anachronisms and dangerous incongruities, and into dusty corners of stalled time - is Richard's final hope, his last road back to a "real" world that is growing disturbingly less real by the minute.
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When Richard Mayhew stops to help a bleeding girl in the street, he disappears into the dark and dangerous subterranean world of London Below. Magic, mythology, and fantasy combine to delight Neil Gaiman fans old and new.


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Linyarai
Apr 19, 2018

I read this for the "A Book Set In A Country You Want To Visit" part of my 2018 reading challenge. I loved it, I love the idea of London Below and the floating market and all of the characters.

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JessicaTB
Jan 12, 2018

This story cracked me up! Definitely a good read!

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SandraLH
May 21, 2017

Very clever! Story kept me engaged through the last pages. Many surprises. Stretches one's imagination of other realities blending with our own. Quite Glad I was reading a novel rather than watching a movie because there was substantial gore, creepiness, and the two assassins were beyond sinister and sickening in their gleeful anticipation of, and during the infliction of pain. I love it when a fantasy includes animals that can speak to humans.

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AlteredStaite
Apr 19, 2017

It was a page turner. It was a good story. It was a fairy tale and the outcome was as expected.
Nothing outstanding.

MomoT Jan 11, 2017

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman has had an odd sort of genesis. It started out as a BBC mini-series, he then penned a novelisation and then that novel was the basis of the comics.

It's a rollicking good tale of a shady nether world below London involving magic, murder, revenge and the finding of courage. Made more enjoyable for me because I have lived in London.

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jimmyreed23
Jan 09, 2017

Again, Neil Gaiman does it! Neverwhere was one of the most enjoyable reads I have read in the past ten years. I loved this book to pieces and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading. I would say it is a definite "must buy" for your collection if you have one; and a great start if you don't. It is not a "curl up by a nice fire and read" kind of book because it takes you on so many levels of emotions that your body will physically change positions during the course of the book. The most amazing thing about this book is that it is not even my favorite work of Gaiman's. We are in the midst of a living legend and he is, personally, my favorite author of our time. Not to say there hasn't been books I didn't like of his, but Neverwhere isn't one of them.

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natalie516
Nov 22, 2016

Though this is not the genre I tend to read I had to for a class. I thoroughly enjoyed the way he describes the setting and the characters. His setting is so well defined (at least for the Below London) that it is a character itself.

I'm a strong believer that if there are openings or holes in the story it should be filled before the end, the hardest part when this book ended is there were too many holes that weren't filled and I still had too many questions.

If you've never read a fantasy this is a great one to be the first. You'll appreciate the way his writing flows, his description of characters, and the many ways you are able to grow the world in your own mind with his guidance.

Gaiman's first novel isn't perfect, but is a great introduction to his wonderful storytelling. His fantastical vision of a city beneath London is filled with memorable characters. If you enjoy this, consider picking up Un Lun Dun by China Mieville.

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book_it
Sep 09, 2016

It looks like a dark fantasy novel, but it actually got quite a few chuckles out of me. It has a solid storyline and terrific characters, and I could hardly put it down!

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humbleworm
Aug 13, 2016

Imagine "Alice in Wonderland" without the literary witticisms and with the grittiness of an adult "Jacob Two-Two". Richard, who feels like an observer and misfit in his own life, falls into a bizarre underworld of misfits and spends most of the book trying to get back where he started. The ending is obvious but appropriate. Gaiman could have done a lot more with this book but it was a nice change.

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C_Bara
Jul 24, 2016

"...I would hate to remove an option before it was necessary. Anyway death is so final, isn't it?"

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AdamsonJu50
Jun 21, 2016

"Have you ever got everything you ever wanted? And then realized it wasn't what you wanted at all?"......"I thought I wanted this," said Richard. "I thought I wanted a nice, normal life. I mean, maybe. But if this is all there is, then I don't want to be sane. You know?"

leah_p Mar 09, 2016

“Richard wrote a diary entry in his head.

Dear Diary, he began. On Friday I had a job, a fiancée, 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 pavement, and I tried to be a Good Samaritan. Now I've got no fiancée, no home, no job, and I'm walking around a couple of hundred feet under the streets of London with the projected life expectancy of a suicidal fruitfly.”

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pagetraveler
Jul 05, 2013

The boy had the towering arrogance only seen in the greatest of artists and all nine-year-old boys.

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LazyNeko
Sep 21, 2011

"You don't ask any questions. You don't get any answers. You don't stray from the path. You don't even think about what's happening to you right now. Got it?"

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pagetraveler
Jul 05, 2013

Another great story from Neil Gaiman. This one takes place in the Underworld of London.

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isilme
Nov 12, 2012

When Richard Mayhew stops one day to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk, his life is forever altered, for he finds himself propelled into an alternate reality that exists in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations. He has fallen through the cracks of reality and has landed somewhere different, somewhere that is Neverwhere.

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Brenda74 Nov 12, 2012

Brenda74 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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