Neverwhere Hardcover – Special Edition, 16 Sep 1996
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"A DARK CONTEMPORARY 'ALICE IN WONDERLAND'... IMAGINATIVE, WELL-CRAFTED [AND] HIGHLY VISUAL".
Minneapolis Star Tribune
"[Gaiman] is, simply put, a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him in any media."-- "Stephen King""I didn't ever want this book to end...Hunter, Islington, Door -- these characters are part of my life now. I see them when I turn corners."-- "Tori Amos"
For those who have not read "Neverwhere," the new edition is the one to read ... readers can experience this spellbinding, magical world the way that Neil Gaiman wanted us to all along. --Huffington Post"
For those who have never been to Neverwhere, it s time to go. For those who may have traveled once before, this new edition is calling out to you. There is more to see, hear and learn. --Suspense Magazine" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The stunningly original and brilliant first novel from a storytelling genius
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"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]
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.Read more ›
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I loved this book and the storyline. Kept me enthralled and let my imagination run wild. Loved the mystical dark magical feel of london below. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Mircina
Astoundingly brilliant. a great read and a great adventure. easily a classic of the future. this new version is beautiful and im so glad i got.Published 4 days ago by Marc74
Essentially this is tripe. Just a Pratchett rip off ridiculous fantasy, for people who like ridiculous fantasies. I'm not one of them.Published 13 days ago by P. O'brien
brilliant!!!!! have bought all his other books based on loving this and so far haven't been disappointed!Published 14 days ago by Sarah Plant
I don't really understand the fuss about Gaiman, I think this is pretty weak. Maybe as a result of it being a reinterpretation of a screenplay. I loved the series as a kid. Shrug. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Mr. Aeb Richardson
Fantastic book, I completely lost myself in it and couldn't put it down. Neil Gaiman writes my type of fantasy eloquently, imaginatively and very, very well. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Susan