Author: Neil Gaiman
Release Date: November 29, 2016
Publisher: William Morrow
National BestsellerSelected as one of NPR’s Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of All TimeThe #1 New York Times bestselling author’s ultimate edition of his wildly successful first novel featuring his “preferred text”—and including his new Neverwhere tale, “How the Marquis Got His Coat Back.”Richard Mayhew is a young man with a good heart and an ordinary life, 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.“A fantastic story that is both the stuff of dreams and nightmares” (San Diego Union-Tribune),Neil Gaiman’s first solo novel has become a touchstone of urban fantasy, and a perennial favorite of readers everywhere.
“Delightful … inventively horrific.”
Some people are born to be heroes. Richard Mayhew is not one of them. Richard would just like to get through the day. Richard is a passive participant in his life, allowing his girlfriend, now fiance, Jessica to control him. That is until one day, Richard decides to make a decision for himself and help a hurt young woman on the street, opening up his home and a series of events that will change Richard's life setting him on a path to become the most unlikely of heroes in an unlikely place with very unlikely people.
Having read other Gaimen books, Neverwhere has some different qualities then what I am used to, but I definitely still enjoyed reading about the fascinating London Below and its host of captivating characters. There is a wonderful mix of urban fantasy combining the magical and mundane as well as humor an danger. Richard in a very atypical character for me to read about, he is a complete pushover, and while his journey in London below transforms him, it seems like it is mostly by accident. However, this did not stop me from being completely engulfed in his quest. I think I most enjoyed having the ability to visit the world of London Underground through the writing. Described as a place for those who have fallen through the cracks, London Below is an entire world for not only the discarded, but the forgotten, unlikely and the magical. I loved that London Below was a reflective world where the name of the tube stations in London Above actually come alive in London Below, such as Black Friars station had actual Black Friars. Above all, I loved the characters of Door and Hunter. Two fierce women navigating and protecting throughout London Below. Overall, a different kind of dark fantasy with intense world building and an interesting journey of growth.
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Neil Gaiman is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, Anansi Boys, The Graveyard Book, Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains; the Sandman series of graphic novels; and the story collections Smoke and Mirrors, Fragile Things, and Trigger Warning. He is the winner of numerous literary honors, including the Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards, and the Newbery and Carnegie Medals. Originally from England, he now lives in the United States. He is Professor in the Arts at Bard College.
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