(ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 2013 EDITION)
Publish: BBC BOOKS/ Year: 1996
By: T.J Schreiber – Campus Press Literary Critic
Beware of doors” was the warning that was given to Richard Mayhew, but like most protagonists he ignores it.
Neverwhere, by critically acclaimed writer Neil Gaiman, is the story of an average man and his adventures through “London Below”. The novel is based on a short 1996 BBC television series of the same name, and also by Gaiman and Lenny Henry. The novel as the TV series is a surreal fantasy and has some dark humor. In fact, it follows the same humor as Douglas Adams. It has a twist ending that would make M. Night Shyamalan put to shame.
Down the Rabbit Hole The setting in Neverwhere is called “London Below”. As the name suggests it takes place below the streets of London. It is populated by forgotten people and creatures. They live in abandon tunnels, basements, and others places in this underground community. It has its own set of rules and morals — some of them very scary and also deadly.
Brave New World Inhabitants All of the characters, both minor and major, are both engaging and well thought out as described by Gaiman. In reading this book you meet Richard Mayhew, an everyday guy who has his humdrum life pulled out under him and turned upside down. You and Mayhew encounter Door, a girl who witnesses her family being murdered and then searches for the truth behind their deaths. You will also meet the sly Marquis de Carabas, the brave Hunter, and the murderous duo of Mr. Coup and Mr. Vandemar.