Reading: Neverwhere


I have to confess: I have a tiny little crush on Neil Gaiman. I know, I know--it's almost trite for girls to become fans of Gaiman's as soon as they read his Sandman comic book series, but that's what happened to me. In my defense, I'm not one of those creepy goth fangirls. I just...you know...think he's pretty talented and dreamy!

Neverwhere was originally a TV series that Gaiman wrote for the BBC and later adapted into a novel in the 90s. I've read most of Gaiman's other works but only got around to reading Neverwhere after receiving it for Christmas.(Thanks K. and M!) I enjoyed it quite a bit.

Here's a plot summary from Wikipedia:
The plot of Neverwhere centres around Richard Mayhew, an average Londoner who encounters an injured girl named Door on the street one night. Despite his girlfriend's protests he decides to help her, but that unfortunately also means that he suddenly ceases to exist for regular people and becomes real only to the denizens of 'London Below', whose inhabitants are generally invisible and nonexistent to the people of 'London Above'. He loses his house, his job and nearly his mind as he travels London Below in an attempt to make sense out of it all, find a way back, and helps Door survive as she is hunted down by hired assassins.

Gaiman's writing usually incorporates mythological and fantastical elements, but does so in an organic way. These elements add a timelessness to the story that contrasts with, and compliments, the setting of contemporary London. I know that some people are turned off by the idea of reading fantasy, but this book isn't really Fantasy with a capital-F. It's pretty accessible and I think that most people would enjoy it. It's funny, creepy, sad, romantic, and well-written.



And besides, the author's dreamy!

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