Reason for reading: I have heard so many good things about Neil Gaiman that I decided I needed to read a few of his books. I am also reading his novels for the Reading the Author Challenge, this was the first for that challenge.
Richard Mayhew leads a rather ordinary life. He works for a finance firm and is engaged to a very bossy and upscale woman named Jessica. He spends most of his time following her around London and doing pretty much whatever she asks. Until one night, on their way to dinner, a badly injured and bleeding girl collapses in front of them. Richard insists upon helping her against Jessica’s wishes. He carries the injured girl back to his apartment soon to discover that his life has changed forever. He is about to become part of London Below, an unnoticed world that exists mostly in the sewers and London Underground. His life has just become very extraordinary and extremely dangerous.
This is an interesting fantasy tale based on a television mini-series created by Neil Gaiman. It isn’t quite what I expected, though I couldn’t tell you exactly what I was expecting. Although the story pulled me along throughout, and I never grew bored, I was a little bit disappointed. Neil Gaiman’s style of writing is different, but I can’t really pinpoint how. There always seems to be a lightheartedness about it, or at least there is in this novel and Stardust. For that reason it was hard sometimes to really feel the danger or worry about the main characters. There was always a feeling that everything would work out.
One thing the book never felt like was long. Even in its 370 pages nothing ever seemed drawn out, in fact the story could have gone on for several more pages. For this reason it is not surprising that I have heard Gaiman has not ruled out a sequel.
Despite my mild disappointment in the story I look forward to reading more of Neil Gaiman’s work. Neverwhere is a pleasant fantasy story that I think many would find enjoyable.
P.S. I suggest you check out Neil Gaiman’s blog if you are a fan. It is quite interesting and updated often. Click his name at the top to visit.