Book review: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

As promised earlier, here is a review of an adult book called Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.  It’s a fantasy fiction book that has great characters and an engaging storyline.  I’m really enjoying Neil Gaiman.  He has such imaginative stories.  It’s not your typical magicians and dragons fantasy fiction book.

Similar to Coraline, this book involves the protagonist (Richard Mayhew) being transported to a parallel universe.  This universe is place that is described as being the “cracks” and “forgotten areas” from our world.  For example, the London fog/mist has mostly disappeared due to better laws about emissions, but in alternate world, they still get the occasional fog/mist.  Once transported to this world, people from London Above (real/normal world) don’t always see or recognize you.  I really liked how this was done in the book – it’s almost as if people are forgotten in London Above once they become a part of the parallel universe.

The characters are great.  Richard Mayhew is a very normal person, not very capable, but basically has a good heart and manages to get by.  There’s also a bodyguard called Hunter, a girl named Door (who can open doors), the Marquis of Carabas (the roguish, likable character), an angel, two pretty darn sadistic bad guys, and some mysterious dangerous beasts & other dangers that aren’t always named.

The book was well written and it was incredibly imaginative.

After reading the book, I found that it had been made into a television series (or maybe it was written for television first?).  I’ll have to see if I can get a copy of it.

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