Bookin' It

So Many Books. So Little Time. Let's Review!

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

neverwhere

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

If you decide to place an order with amazon, clicking through from my links will give me credit.  If you are enjoying  my reviews on Bookin It, its a great way to let me know!  Thanks!

Single Post Navigation

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.

    Like

    • 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.

      Like

  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)

    Like

    • 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!

      Like

Let Us Hear From You! NOTE: If in doubt about leaving comments on this blog, please read privacy statement under ABOUT, in menu bar above.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Sue Rovens

Suspense Lives Here

Author D.L. Finn

Embrace your inner child by reading a good book!

Writing and Music

Books and music - It's all about words!

Hugh's Views & News  

WordPress & Blogging tips, flash fiction, photography and lots more!

Jeanne Owens, author

Blog about author Jeanne Owens and her writing

Fiction Favorites

with John W. Howell

Welcome to the World of Suzanne Burke.

It's a writers world, a world that seeks to explore and entertain

BOOK CHAT

Let's Talk About Books

Bette A. Stevens, Maine Author

A writer inspired by nature and human nature

Entertaining Stories

Just a fiction writer, trying to reach the world.

Welcome to Harmony Kent Online

The home of all things books

Lemon Shark Reef

Frolicking In The Ocean Of Fiction

Author Don Massenzio

Independent Authors Unite!

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Blog magazine for lovers of health, food, books, music, humour and life in general

Robbie's inspiration

Ideas on writing and baking

Books and Such

YA author supporting other authors

Joan Hall

Mystery / Romantic Suspense / Legends / Folklore

Facets of a Muse

Examining the guiding genius of writers everywhere

Myths of the Mirror

Life is make believe, fantasy given form

roughwighting

Life in a flash - a weekly writing blog

drawingonmyheart.wordpress.com/

Using my talent to bring more love and beauty into the world.

Staci Troilo

Character-Driven Fiction/Pulse-Pounding Plots

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

READER - WRITER - CURATED RESOURCES - & MORE

bookwraiths.wordpress.com/

Books! Where are the great books?

Story Empire

Exploring the World of Fiction

Lemon Shark

Navigating the Uncharted Waters of Life

Nicholas C. Rossis

Award-winning, dream-protecting author

Judith Barrow

Writer & Author

booklovercircumspect4

A lovers review of everything books. Come for the reviews, stay for the pictures!

Archer's Aim

The speculative fiction of P. H. Solomon

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

Echoes of Life, Love and Laughter

Bookin' It

So Many Books. So Little Time. Let's Review!

Callum McLaughlin

If I'm not reading books, I'm probably talking about them on the internet

%d bloggers like this: