REVIEW SUMMARY: A modern-day Alice in Wonderland story with solid imagery and interesting plot.
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Richard is a young office worker in London who goes on a mystical adventure when a strange girl falls bleeding onto the sidewalk in front of him. She ends up taking him into a world of in-betweens and undergrounds – the people between the cracks of modern society.
PROS: Neil does a great job painting a picture of the underground world and drawing the reader in. He also has some innovative ideas on what goes on there.
CONS: Unfortunately it was hard to identify with any of Neil’s somewhat one-dimensional characters. Richard supposedly grows and changes as a result of his experiences, but because I never believed he was a real person it was hard to notice. The ending is a bit ackward as well.
BOTTOM LINE: Neil’s debut novel isn’t up to the high standards set by later works such as American Gods and the masterful Good Omens (co-authored with Terry Pratchett) but is still an enjoyable read.