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Neverwhere: Author's Preferred Text (urspr publ 1996; utgåvan 2016)

av Neil Gaiman (Författare)

Serier: London Below (1)

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After he helps a stranger on a London sidewalk, Richard Mayhew discovers an alternate city beneath London, and must fight to survive if he is to return to the London he knew.
Medlem:Simeon.Hickman
Titel:Neverwhere: Author's Preferred Text
Författare:Neil Gaiman (Författare)
Info:William Morrow Paperbacks (2016), Edition: Reprint, 464 pages
Samlingar:Annual Reads, Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:*****
Taggar:Ingen/inga

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Neverwhere: The Author's Preferred Text av Neil Gaiman (Author) (1996)

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In Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, Richard Mayhew is yanked out of his ordinary London existence when he finds a girl bleeding in the streets. After helping her, he learns that a) her name is Door, b) she lives in London Below, a subterranean version of the city, and c) by helping her, he’s made himself invisible to London Above. What follows becomes a quest to save both Door’s life and his.

It’s a fun premise. Most of the story takes place in sewers and tunnels beneath London, where people who’ve “slipped between the cracks” use bits of magic and anachronisms from other times to survive. They can pass unremarked in the streets Above, even holding market places in public areas. But they can’t stay; they belong Below.

As much as I enjoyed the setup, however, Richard is too much of an everyman for me to root for. Forgetful, whiny, fearful (at least initially, until danger begins to embolden him)—he feels a touch too real for a fantasy book with so many extraordinary elements. Shadow, the hero of Gaiman’s American Gods, is (seemingly) nothing special either, but his weaknesses don't make him unlikeable, and his strengths are ones most of us would want ourselves.

Moreover, Gaiman’s voice in Neverwhere felt excessively whimsical… until I listened to the audiobook, and actually heard him reading the story. Then it worked. I’m not sure what the disconnect was when I could only see his prose on the page, and this was a reversal of how these things usually jibe for me—normally, I don’t like an audio rendition unless I’ve read a little of its source first. But Gaiman’s spoken narration drew me in.

So: while this was a strange reading experience for me, it proved to be an enjoyable urban fantasy. If you’re interested in reading (or listening to) a conciser version of Stephen King, Gaiman is worth a try.

(For more reviews like this one, see www.nickwisseman.com) ( )
  nickwisseman | Apr 3, 2021 |
Creative, magical world. ( )
  Gretchen5 | Feb 27, 2021 |
Neverwhere has always been one of my favourite of Neil Gaiman's novels, so when I heard that Chris Riddell was illustrating a new edition it was an easy excuse for a re-read. The story obviously wouldn't have changed since I last read it, but I was very much looking forward to seeing Riddell's vision for how the characters and scenes looked. I've seen quite a few of Riddell's casually illustrated books before, since he has a penchant for doodling everywhere and shares his work widely on social media, but I was not expecting him to take this casual style and apply it to an officially illustrated novel. On one hand, it felt like a delightful glimpse into Riddell's own book collection, but on the other hand it was rather disappointing not to get more fully finished artworks. I guess I expected something more along the lines of Vess' and Gaiman's collaboration for Stardust, where we get fully realized pieces of artwork and a lush text, combined to produce a wonderful reading experience, but instead we got a much more casual publication that remains more focused on the text than the art. What I wonder now is whether I was the only person to expect more. I'll probably still buy a copy for my collection, but I don't think I would have been particularly pleased if I had pre-ordered the book and been this underwhelmed. ( )
  JaimieRiella | Feb 25, 2021 |
This review is also featured on Behind the Pages: Neverwhere

If you had told me a year ago I would be reviewing a Neil Gaiman book as my first book review of 2021 I wouldn’t believe you. I’ve DNFed multiple Gaiman books, not because of the writing, but because the worlds he built weren’t for me. I respect Gaiman’s talent and am glad so many people can find entertainment in his stories, I was just never one of them. Until a co-worker challenged me to read Neverwhere.

Those who live in London Above have no clue there is an entire world below their feet. Every day people walk along, never noticing those who fall beneath the cracks to London Below. Richard was once from London Above. The day he saved a dying girl changed everything. Door is hunted in London Below but will let nothing stop her from avenging her family. But dark things are lurking in London Below and Richard may not be enough to keep her safe.

Neverwhere is a dark tale that takes the underbelly of London and runs away with it wrapped up in wild imagination. The world-building is brilliant as the characters venture deeper into London Below. Piece by piece readers are introduced to the lore and people that make the Below their home. I especially enjoyed the rats whom those from Above deemed pests, actually carried messages to people known as rat-speakers.

The characters are phenomenal. Each one is filled to the brim with complexity and their character arcs will keep readers entertained. Gaiman makes sure to throw in some twists and turns to keep readers guessing. I loved the story all the more for them. The dialogue between Richard, Door, and the Marquis was the perfect mixture of witty banter and story-driven conversation. Richard especially showed his evolution as a character as he grew more confident in his actions and how he reacted to London Below.

Well done Neil Gaiman, well done. You’ve won me over and I am looking forward to the second book in London Below. ( )
  Letora | Jan 3, 2021 |
This book sits atop my "to be read" pile. Gaiman has never let me down and always produces top-notch fiction. I originally bought this copy for my 16 year old daughter.
  WHolben | Nov 9, 2020 |
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