18 July 2012 ~ 2 Comments

Neverwhere: A Novel by Neil Gaiman

I have never really read anything by Gaiman, but my book club chose this book and a friend of mine is a HUGE fan. Like “go stand in line for 2 hours so I can have him sign my book and say hi for 10 seconds” fan. I was pretty excited to finally read something by this author. Truly, it was just okay for me. I get the “gap” and “falling through the cracks” and where he was going (and went pretty well) with it. However, my biggest problem was that the writing was just slightly overdone at times.

It felt forced much of the time and slightly overwritten. Like the author was trying too hard. I got confused at places because he kept pulling us out of the story to feed this odd need to over explain – and then grazing over things that really could have used a little more explanation.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the book. I just felt it was too much and too little all at once.

Recommended for his multitude of rabid fans and those that enjoy a light fantasy.

Richard Mayhew is a young man with a good heart and an ordinarylife, 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.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Book count for 2012: 14

2 Responses to “Neverwhere: A Novel by Neil Gaiman”

  1. nimrodiel 18 July 2012 at 6:07 pm Permalink

    This was originally written as a screen play for a BBC miniseries then as the book. Try American Gods or Anastazi Boys for his full length fiction or and of his short story collections for a different look at his writing style (if you read American Gods there was a 10th anniversary edition published a year or so back that has additional “footage”)

  2. Red Tash 18 July 2012 at 7:10 pm Permalink

    He’s a terrific storyteller, but I recommend The Graveyard Book, instead. It’s a much stronger work!
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