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Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman


My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

I have come to the conclusion that Neil Gaiman just may be my Go-To Man when I’m in the mood for Major Creepiness. Capital M. Capital C. Really! I’ve read books that were scarier, books that were funnier, and books that were more convoluted or complex, but I don’t think I’ve ever read anything creepier than Neverwhere in my life. And I mean that in a GOOD way, of course.

The story of a secret world beneath London, filled with all sorts of interesting or evil characters (sometimes both at once) isn’t new, but for me, this was so off-the-wall weird as to pull me in completely.  For instance, I don’t know where you’d find creepier villains than the team of assassins that is Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar. One is clever in an annoyingly condescending and evil way, and the other is…well…not. Clever, that is. He’s evil through and through, and weird beyond measure, as well. I mean, how many times have you run across dastardly and villainous murderers who can amuse themselves by seeing how many tiny frogs they can stuff into their mouth before swallowing them?  EEEK.

Our unwilling hero, Richard Mayhew, was likable enough to make me root for him throughout, and the people (and I use the term loosely) he meets upon his journey are among the most…peculiar…I’ve ever encountered. I am once more astonished that it has taken me so long to find Gaiman’s books. The same is true of Terry Pratchett’s work. I’m in the process of correcting both of these oversights, believe me, and my next review will be of the third Tiffany Aching book in Pratchett’s Discworld series. They are such delightful authors, in totally different ways. Yeah, I know some people don’t care for them. Some people actually don’t like Neverwhere at all. I’m not “some people,” for which I’m eternally grateful. I found magic and entertainment galore in Neverwhere, and that’s often all I ask for. If you like the unusual, and love the weird, and crave some Major Creepiness now and then, I highly recommend Neverwhere.

Neverwhere: A Novel

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4 thoughts on “Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

  1. Good review. I really like Gaiman’s work, especially American Gods and his short story collection, Smoke & Mirrors. I love the “feel” of the world he creates. It’s like the real world, just not quite. Lots of fascinating creepiness.


    • Hi, Steve! Thanks. I really enjoyed this book, and am taking notes on which Gaiman books to pick up next. I’m writing down your recommendations, for sure. “Fascinating creepiness?” Sounds right up my alley! Give Penny a pat for me, and thanks for stopping by.


  2. “Neverwhere” is absolutely my favorite Gaiman book! A close second is “Stardust”, so be sure to pick that one up. I’m going to agree with stevebetz above about the worlds he create. Gaiman is a master world-builder. He’s coming to Miami in June, touring for his new novel, and I’m so excited to hear him speak! Check out “Stardust” and “American Gods” (if you haven’t already). =0)


    • Thank you for the info, David. I just might have to try to get to Miami. That would really be fun. (I’m in Orlando/Sanford area).

      “Stardust” was on my list, for sure, and I’m adding “American Gods,” as well. This book was just so wonderfully, deliciously creepy. I read “The Graveyard Book” first, for some reason, and was totally charmed by it, so I knew I wanted more. “Neverwhere” is my second one, and now I’m completely hooked. Can’t wait to dig deeper.

      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I appreciate it!


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