Book Review: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (Four Stars)

Book Review: Neverwhere: Author’s Preferred Text by Neil Gaiman

Four Stars out of Five.

“Great, definitely dying here. Someone tell his mother he loved her.”

Outstanding parallel universe story. London Below is as close as an abandoned underground station or the nearest manhole cover. Richard Mayhew’s good deed does not go unpunished. In fact, he everything he thought he knew and counted on isn’t as he thought.

You know those stories where some inconsequential item picked up along the way turns out to be important? Well, this is one of those, except it’s told from the point of view of the inconsequential companion. And he’s increasingly not sure he’s going to survive tagging along, let alone contributing to the quest.

I never saw the television adaptation nor read any of the comic books. Coming at a story like this is best done cold. You benefit from the total immersion in Gaiman’s world as he sees it.

Excellent world building, excellent character development, excellent story telling. The attached map was unreadable in the ebook version, but you can find a London Underground map most anywhere. Lots of twists, reverses, betrayals, etc.

Quibble: Under Bangkok is apt to be under water. Floating markets and all that, you know.