Neverwhere

Posted: January 29, 2014 in 4 Stars
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neverwhere

4-stars

Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman

Synopsis:

Under the streets of London there’s a place most people could never even dream of. A city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, knights in armour and pale girls in black velvet. This is the city of the people who have fallen between the cracks.

Richard Mayhew, a young businessman, is going to find out more than enough about this other London. A single act of kindness catapults him out of his workday existence and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and utterly bizarre. And a strange destiny awaits him down here, beneath his native city: Neverwhere.

Review:

I had a hard time with this book only because it is VERY odd.  It is very much like a grown-up dark version of Alice in Wonderland.  But it is about so much more than just the fantastical…it’s about love, friendship, homelessness, sacrifice, murder and community.This book was banned in a New Mexico school last year because of one parent deciding that ONE paragraph was too risque. That was a horrible move in my opinion.  This urban fantasy if a great read for anyone who loves Neil Gaiman, who loves urban fantasies or who just loves great storytelling.  Gaiman is a master storyteller.  The humor is right on, the characters are believable and the world is imaginative. Gaiman is very descriptive in his writing which makes his worlds very easy to picture and also get sucked into.

The villains of Neverwhere are decidedly creepy and have no morals or sympathy.  They are fantastic “bad guys”, the ones you would absolutely fear because there is no remorse or care there.

After reading this I can tell you that every time I look down a dark hallway or alley-way, into the shadows, I will be thinking and wondering if there is a portal or passage there, leading to a world that is beyond our own.  A world that is dark and dangerous and magical.

I would recommend this for teenagers and up who like urban fantasy, dark and gritty fantasy and lovers of great storytelling!  Like I said before there is one scene that is slightly risque but it serves a purpose.  There is also a couple f-bombs and other minor language (not a lot) but it is definitely worth the read!

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