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REVIEW: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

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.

2 Comments on REVIEW: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

  1. I’ve always had a soft spot for this particular Neil Gaiman story. I even enjoyed the tv serial it was based on, though as I recall it was largely panned by reviewers.

    I’m not sure I could say why exactly as honestly its a bit of a Neil Gaiman mega-mix with all those familiar Sandman elements in there.

  2. I really enjoyed Neverwhere, and it’s the book that turned my wife on to Neil Gaiman (or maybe it was just seeing his picture on the dustcover that did it.)

    I just picked up the sort-of sequel to American Gods, Anansi Boys, and will review it in 3 years when I get around to reading it.

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