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Neverwhere [Mass Market Paperback]

Neil Gaiman
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (301 customer reviews)

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2 Nov 2000

Under the streets of London there's a world most people could never even dream of. A city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, and pale girls in black velvet. Richard Mayhew is a young businessman who is about to find out more than he bargained for about this other London. A single act of kindness catapults him out of his safe and predictable life and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and yet utterly bizarre. There's a girl named Door, an Angel called Islington, an Earl who holds Court on the carriage of a Tube train, a Beast in a labyrinth, and dangers and delights beyond imagining ... And Richard, who only wants to go home, is to find a strange destiny waiting for him below the streets of his native city.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review; Export Ed edition (2 Nov 2000)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 0747266689
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747266686
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.6 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (301 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 235,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Neil Gaiman is a tour de force of creative talent. He is the bestselling author of Coraline and Stardust, both of which are major motion films. Neil also co-wrote the script for Beowulf starring Anthony Hopkins and Angeline Jolie. He is the creator/writer of the award-winning Sandman comic series and has written several books for children. His latest title, The Graveyard Book, won the Teenage Booktrust Prize 2009. Neil has been immortalised in song by Tori Amos, and is a songwriter himself. His official website now has more than one million unique visitors each month, and his online journal is syndicated to thousands of blog readers every day.

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'This is a wonderful booK - I had imagined it would sink without trace, but Headline now has him on board and this is back. Fantastic' Sarah Broadhurst, BOOKSELLER

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'The sort of book Terry Pratchett might produce if he spent a month locked in a cellar with Franz Kafka' Wire

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106 of 108 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind the Gap 14 Dec 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Everybody traveling in London by Tube, is familiar with the loudspeaker's warning "Mind the Gap", that is the space between platform and train carriage. Reading Gaiman, "Gaps" takes on a much more complex meaning... People can fall through the cracks, literally, not only down onto the rails but much deeper, ending up in "London Below". Richard Mayhew, a young man with nothing much happening in his life, is an unlikely Samaritan. Still, when confronted with a choice he follows his charitable instinct and assists a wounded rag girl he finds lying in the street. To save her from her apparent killers he goes on a quest and from this moment his life turns into a rollercoaster of discovery and danger.
"Neverwhere" is a brilliant yarn of life in the underbelly of the city, with shady human characters, speaking rats and special "guides". There is more than one reality for sure. In London Above, Richard and the rag girl, named appropriately "Door", can be seen but not recalled beyond the moment. The real-life maze of London underground tunnels, hidden passageways and dead ends provide the existent, yet twisted, backdrop to the story. Time and distances have no meaning. The names of tube stations acquire new relevance: the Earl resides at Earl's Court, the black Friar monks are in Blackfriars and Islington is an Angel. Following Door and her unusual companions, Richard discovers the limits of his endurance. He has to question his existence and reality. While his desire to get back to his normal life keeps him going, his chances to shake loose from the shadowy underworld increasingly appear to diminish...
The novel, which expands on Gaiman's successful tv production, is a fascinating read, whether you know London or not (yet). His style is fluid and engaging, his characters are very much alive and moving the various layers of intrigue along at a good pace. [Friederike Knabe]
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153 of 162 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Warning: Buy British!!! 20 Sep 2002
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Format:Hardcover
Neverwhere is a fantastic piece of modern fantasy and I suggest that everyone who likes London and the surreal read it. I give it 5 stars, usually, but... DO NOT BUY THE AMERICAN VERSION!!! This is a British book, and the American version has been sorely edited. And I'm not talking about the second prologue, either. All my favorite lines are missing from the Avon printing. Apperantly Americans couldn't handle funny lines in serious scenes... So he edited out much good humour. Look, it's less good. Buy British!
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63 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind the Gap... 14 Jun 2006
Format:Paperback
Richard Mayhew has just been "a Good Samaritan" to a girl lying bleeding on a London pavement, and has thereby ruined his entire life. The girl, you see, a young lady by the name of Door, is an important person in the world of "London Below", and some very unpleasant people are trying to kill her. By hiding her, Richard becomes "one of the people who fell through the cracks", invisible to the inhabitants of the normal world - London Above -and easy prey for the terrifying creatures of London Below. Until he finds Door again, and is sucked into her quest to find the murderers of her family...

Gaiman has created an eerie otherworld in the sewers of London and the tunnels and stations of the Underground that is complete in every detail and so interwoven with the "real" world that its frightening. Never having been to London, I'm starting to be a bit scared of the Tube Stations: real shepards at Shepards Bush (ones you don't ever want to meet), an earl in Earl's Court, saxophone players who live both in the Above and the Below, Old Bailey and Hammersmith are people, Knightsbridge is a bad neighbourhood...

And at the end you are left with enough answers to satisfy as concerns the main plotline, but not all the answers you want. There is so much detail in London Below that there are thousands of things begging to be explored and examined: The system of fiefdoms which apparently rules Below, but which is never really explained, the importance of Door's family, the Seven Sisters, the story of the swashbuckling, sardonic Marquis de Carabas (books could be written about him, he is undoubtably my favourite character) and more; really the list could go on forever. But that is what makes it all so convincing: Gaiman wastes no time explaining anything, he just tells the story.
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gaiman's Great and Secret Show 19 Sep 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Neil Gaiman is a favourite writer of mine and this is a good showcase for his talent for his dark and potent imagination. Magically he takes that famously surreal map of the London Underground and twists it into something far stranger that lies beneath and behind the real London - a place where the famous station names come alive. Here we have a real angel called Islington, a Earl who holds court on his own underground carriage and a group of religious recluses known as the Black Friars (to name but a few).
As with all Gaiman's work, there is a great deal of dark themes in the book (The streets of London Below owe a lot to those areas of London above where the homeless live) and Gaiman makes sure this doesn't turn into a simple one joke idea. His characterisations are absolutely fantastic. Whilst Richard (the hero) is a fairly bland innocent abroad, he balances him against the sly, old Marquis de Carabas and the pantomime villany of Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar - a pair of vicious (and yet comic) characters who look to have shambled straight out of a Victorian nightmare.
The story itself is taut, beautifully-written, thought-provoking and a pleasure to read. Not a long read but one I'm sure you will come back to time after time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
This book is absolutely amazing in both the writing style and the story line. It's a great fantasy book with characters you start to despise and characters you start to love and... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Thea O'Connor
4.0 out of 5 stars Tubeworld?
Why Tubeworld? Because this book reminded me of Discworld, but set in an alternate London, mostly underground. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!
A wonderful depiction of a world that never was--painted in detail with characters that you hope never to meet anywhere.
Published 5 days ago by Michael Roach
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully familiar tale of an other London
Great human - and some not-so-human - characters that draw you in to an utterly intact underworld. Gaiman's love of mythology provides the palette for this weirdly Albionesque... Read more
Published 5 days ago by MR CHRIS ALLEN
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting
Thoroughly enjoyed this book, well written and an amazing journey. I can recommend this book to anyone wanting a great read, you so won't be disappointed.
Published 13 days ago by Louise
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
It finally explains some of the odder thing in London!

Actually it's a cracking read and had me guessing all the way through
Published 13 days ago by Simon J Briley
4.0 out of 5 stars Great concept!
I am in the middle of this book and am really impressed. Struggle to put it down. I would recommend to anyone who loves to escape into another world
Published 14 days ago by cheryl86tigger
5.0 out of 5 stars What it should have been all along
This was the story Neil wanted to tell, and he wrote it while they were making the series. It has lots more little details that you will like if you liked the series. Buy it!
Published 15 days ago by M Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to Neil Gaiman work.
After reading and greatly enjoying some of Neil Gaiman’s work in DC comics I’d always meant to read one of his novels but never found the time. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Ian Darling
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fantasy read
Despite the slight nagging doubt of "was it all a dream", Neverwhere is a clever and inventive tale of a life beneath the streets of London, involving locations viewed in a... Read more
Published 19 days ago by djf
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