BOOK REVIEW: Neverwhere By Neil Gaiman

(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.575754._UY200_.jpg

 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.

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  1. Great review! I have always wanted to read “Neverwhere”, but I am currently reading “Stardust” and I will have to finish it first! 😀

    Stories with surreal and weird elements that pull the characters from the mundane always interest me 🙂

    Great review!

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