Book Review: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

February 16, 2011

Neverwhere was the book I was sent (by the lovely Nora) for the blogger book swap hosted by Stephany. I was really excited that she chose it because it’s one I’ve been wanting to read for ages but didn’t own. I’m a big fan of fantasy, even the weird stuff, but I think that Neil Gaiman’s fantasy would be palatable for even those who don’t normally find themselves with their head in another world.

But anyway, back to the book. Neverwhere follows our protagonist Richard Mayhew through an adventure in an underground world of London. He was living a perfectly normal life until he decides to rescue an injured girl who appeared out of nowhere on the street, and the next day he discovers that he has ceased to exist in the eyes of anyone in his (now former) life. Thus begins his descent into an alternate London on his quest to get his old life back, meeting outrageous characters and having adventures along the way.

This Wizard of Oz-esque story was easy to read and a ton of fun. I thought all of the characters were interesting, but my favorite was probably the Marquis de Carabas because he is clever, sarcastic, and you never could quite determine whether to trust him. There were a few small-ish plot twists to keep things interesting, and the conclusion is satisfying.

I rate the book 4 stars out of 5, only because it lacked the emotion to really connect me with the characters. It’s hard to describe, but it was just missing some sort of oomph, maybe some sort of depth, to make it one of my favorites. However, I had a blast reading it and sometimes that’s all that matters.

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Comments on Book Review: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

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    From rachieannie:

    Nora has the best taste in books! I ended up with Shadow of the Wind because of her from Chelsea’s book swap and loved her choice!

    This one sounds really fascinating. Fantasy is always a fun genre!

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    From Sarah S:

    Ooh, that book scared me a little. I thought it was really good, although, I can see your point about the lack of an emotional connection with the characters.

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    From Nora:

    I’m glad you enjoyed it; it’s been on my shelf for awhile as well. I need to just read it already :) Thanks for sharing your review (which reminds me, I need to get cracking on my book…! All 800 pages of it!)

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    From Stephany:

    This was the second book review done for the Swap and the same book! How funny! It does sound like a pretty interesting read, which says a lot from this non-fantasy-lover girl. :)

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    From Emily Jane:

    this was the book I sent to my partner on the book swap as well! So glad to see it get a good review :)

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