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by Neil Gaiman

Richard Mayhew is a young man with a good heart and an ordinary life, which is changed forever when he stops to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk. His small act of kindness propels him into a world he never dreamed existed. There are people who fall through the cracks, and Richard has become one of them. And he must learn to survive in this city of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels, if he is ever to return to the London that he knew.

"A fantastic story that is both the stuff of dreams and nightmares" (San Diego Union-Tribune), Neil Gaiman's first solo novel has become a touchstone of urban fantasy, and a perennial favorite of readers everywhere.

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ISBN: 0061373877
ISBN13: 978-0061373879
Category: Literature
Subcategory: United States
Author: Neil Gaiman
Language: English
Publisher: HarperAu; Unabridged edition (October 23, 2007)
ePUB size: 1302 kb
FB2 size: 1109 kb
Rating: 4.3
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This book is like a work of art. I'd say about 70% of all the pages in the book are covered in sketches pertaining to the book content. I've attached photos of just the prologue and first 3 pages of chapter 1 so you can get a sense of how the pages look. It's beautiful.
This is my favorite Neil Gaiman book, followed by Ocean at the End of the Lane and Stardust. This book is the canonical example of Gaiman's take on magical realism, with slightly more overt magic than Ocean and slightly less than Stardust. As an American, I'm not sure I entirely appreciated the unabridged version, though I'm glad to have it for the sake of completeness. The story never feels like it drags, though I will admit that successive reads have never been as good as the first. The characters are sufficiently complex, though consistent; watching Richard Mayhew's development from beginning to end is absolutely compelling. Even more commendable is that they are all so believable, even in their extreme idiosyncrasy and surrealism. This is the best introduction to Gaiman that I could recommend. If you want more like it, read Ocean or Stardust; don't hope for a sequel―leave well enough alone.
“Neverwhere” is an urban fantasy novel by author Neil Gaiman. In it, we meet Richard Mayhew. He is a typical Londoner. He has a job, an apartment, a fiancée’, and a pretty normal life. One day while on his way to a dinner meeting, Richard finds a young woman bleeding on the sidewalk. He stops to help her and in doing so, is sucked into a world he never knew existed. Underneath the streets he walked everyday exists London Below – a place in some ways similar to the London he’s always known, but also completely different. This London is much darker. This London is not safe. This London has angels and monsters, hidden markets, and contract killers. And Richard is trapped there. If he has any hope of finding his way back to reality he must help his new friend Door find a key and bring it back to the angel at the center of the maze – all while avoiding being murdered by the pair of killers hunting them, or the beast in the labyrinth, or the potential traitor they were warned about.

I’ve read what would be categorized as urban fantasy before but I don’t know that I’ve ever read a book quite like this one. The book is an unusual mix of fantasy, adventure, and maybe a little odd humor and magic. It’s not my favorite story ever, but I’m not sorry I read it by any means. Gaiman is a talented writer to be sure.

What I enjoyed about the book was that Gaiman successfully uses his story to remind us that things are not always what they seem and that there are people, all around us every day, who are hurting and “falling through the cracks”. I thought Gaiman did a great job of highlighting those realities without preaching about it. I also enjoyed that Richard was never painted as some hero that just needed an opportunity to prove himself. Instead, Richard is a claustrophobic, afraid of heights, sucker of a man who manages to help save the day only by accident and only after being beaten, broken, seduced and fooled repeatedly.
What I didn’t love about the book is that I found Gaiman’s style a little unusual and his writing a little too flowery for my taste (using too many words, or words no one would actually ever use in real conversation, to tell his story). I also thought that the book was largely predictable – not in the overall story – but there are three main “twists” in the story and I (and I’m sure most other people) saw them coming long before we got there in the book.

Overall, I enjoyed the book. I didn’t think it was perfect, but it was good enough that I’d definitely read Gaiman again.
Although I have several of Neil Gaiman's books on my "to read" shelf, this is first one I've actually read. I've been in a book slump, having started and given up on two stories that were tedious, with characters that were kinda boring. I was hoping this one would "wow" me. Well, WOW!

Fantastic creation of an alternate London. The details and descriptions really make it come alive without bogging you down with stuff to remember. The characters are flawed but worthy. The telling of age old story of the unlikely hero and the heroine who has the odds stacked against her is fresh and riveting.

Wow. I must read another Neil Gaiman novel! And please tell me there will be more of Door and Richard Mayhew and London Below.
This Review was first published on Kurt's Frontier.


If you live in London, there is place so close you could reach out and touch it, yet could walk for a thousand miles and never reach. Under London, there is a place most of the citizenry of the city could never dream of. A place of monsters, saints, creatures of legend, and people who have fallen between the cracks.

Richard Mayhew finds out more than he ever wanted to know about London. A simple act of kindness pulls him out of his everyday existence. He is now following a girl named Door and the Marquis de Carabas on a quest of discovery and revenge. A strange destiny awaits him. A battle against murderers and monsters.


What if there were a world that existed alongside our own. Suppose that a simple act could send a person in our world careening into the other. Richard Mayhew worked in a London office. He planned to marry a girl named Jessica. He could best be described as a doormat. Then he helps a girl from the other world. This simple act takes him into a world of magic and darkness but makes him a stranger to his own world.

Neil Gaiman takes the reader into the magical world under London and somewhat out of phase. Richard finds that he no longer exists in his own world. To have any chance of getting back, he has to help Door on a quest of her own. Door is the oldest daughter of Lord Portico. She is the last survivor of her family, and she wants to find out who ordered them killed.

The concept, while not entirely new, has had fresh life breathed into it. The imagery has a dark nature, but the pace is relatively modest. The story was quite enjoyable.