Thursday, May 26, 2011

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman: A Long-Delayed Review

Neverwhere: A Novel

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Murder. Mystery. London Below. Angels. S&M imagery. Delusions and redemption.

Neverwhere has this and more. What would you do if you meet a frail, young woman who has the ability to open doors and speak to rats? When this happened to Richard Mayhew, he finally became a man.

After meeting (and saving) Door (the girl who opens doors), he started to disappear from the psyche of those who new and loved (as well as not being seen while taking a bath). Croup and Vandermar (the story's antagonists) are extremely and highfalutin-ly fluent while eating Tang dynasty vases and breaking bones.

And I keep having a Duran Duran playlist playing at the back of my mind while reading it.

Written by Neil Gaiman, Neverwhere was written in 1996 as a companion piece for the BBC series. Honestly, I saw the series at YouTube and I think the book is exceptional. Read it and be lost in the wonders of London Below.


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