Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com, September 12, 2013 (view all comments by Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com)
Richard is not the kind of guy to make waves. He lives a normal life in London with a fiancée who tells him what to do and a good-enough job where he performs well even if he doesn’t distinguish himself. That all changes the day he sees what appears to be a homeless girl on the sidewalk who is hurt. When he stops to help her, his life cecomes entwined with the underworld of London, a place full of hardship, danger, deprivation and totally unlike anything he has ever experienced before. He also discovers that if he wants his old life back, he’ll have to be daring in ways he never thought he could be.
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman takes the reader on an adventure in a richly imagined world with demented assassins that live for centuries, a family that can open doors where there are none, a separate underground system existing alongside London’s Tube, along with the darkness and dirt you would expect to find in a world below.
Richard has never considered himself a hero or any kind of risk taker. He has always plodded along doing the thing expected of him. But thrown out of his normal life, and with his life threatened, he learns to call upon personal resources he never imagined he had. His relationships with the characters he meets in the underworld are more intense than any he has had above ground. It all makes him wonder if regaining his old life is really what he wants.
Neverwhere is a great book for mother-daughter book clubs with girls aged 16 and up. Discussion can center around the world Gaiman creates as well as Richard’s struggle between his desire for his old life and his thrill at stepping out of the bounds he has created for himself. That theme should resonate well with girls on the cusp of finishing high school and moving on to what comes next.
sunshdws, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by sunshdws)
I actually listened to the audible version of this book, narrated by Neil Gaiman himself, and it was amazing. Aside from fabulous narration (wonderful accents, distinct characterizations), the novel really draws you into this incredible and somehow believable "other world". I found myself thoroughly caught up in the story and didn't want to put it down until it was finished. I missed it when it was over.
Coni, January 30, 2007 (view all comments by Coni)
Richard Mayhew life is turned upside down after he finds a bleeding girl on the street. He is dragged from his normal, everyday life in the London Above to the world he didnt know existed in the London Below filled with rat talkers, angels, demons and people who have fallen through the cracks.
It reminded me very much of Weaveworld by Clive Barker. It isn?t the same story but it has the same tone and I really enjoyed the fantasy world that was right under everyone?s noses without them realize it. The main guy kept wanting to get back to his normal life, but after seeing his ?normal? life, I just wanted him to stay where he was. It was much more interesting.
I highly recommend this book for anyone that likes books that describe fantasy worlds that are just out of touch from the reality we currently live in.
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by Kirkus Reviews,
"A terrific surprise....Consistently witty, suspenseful, and hair-raisingly imaginative....Some of the best pure storytelling around."
by Washington Post Book World,
"Excellent....[Gaiman creates] an alternate city beneath London that is engaging, detailed, and fun to explore."
by Seattle Times/Post-Intelligencer,
"More than mere entertainment....[A] strange place where fabulous worlds collide with mundane reality."
by Minneapolis Star Tribune,
"A rich blend of observation and imagination — seedy, scary, charming, alive....It's a well-paced, entertaining read with a bracing core of pain and sweetness."
by San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle,
"Neverwhere displays the kind of wit, mythological invention, and attention to the odd detail that will be familiar to anyone who has read Gaiman's groundbreaking comic series, The Sandman."
"Darkly whimsical....The narrative whips along at a breakneck pace....There are plenty of laughs as geography takes on a mythical dimension....You'll never look at the tube the same way again."
by Detroit Free Press,
"[A] darkly entertaining novel....Gaiman fans shouldn't be disappointed, and it's nice for those who haven't encountered his work before."
by Stephen King,
"[Gaiman] is, simply put, a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him in any media."
by Poppy Z. Brite, author of Exquisite Corpse,
"Alice in Wonderland with a punk edge doesn't begin to do justice to Neil Gaiman's first solo novel....In Neverwhere he has surpassed himself, creating a twisting tale to be treasured."
by Clive Barker, author of Weaveworld and Imajica,
"Neil Gaiman is a star. He constructs stories like some demented cook might make a wedding cake, building layer upon layer, including all kinds of sweet and sour in the mix."
by Publishers Weekly,
"Gaiman blends history and legend to fashion a traditional tale of good versus evil, replete with tarnished nobility, violence, wizardry, heroism, betrayal, monsters and even a fallen angel."
by Harper Collins,
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.
by Harper Collins,
Richard Mayhew is a young man with a good heart and an ordinarylife, which is changed forever when he stops to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk. His small act of kindness propels him into a world he never dreamed existed. There are people who fall through the cracks, and Richard has become one of them. And he must learn to survive in this city of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels, if he is ever to return to the London that he knew.
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