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Neverwhere

In YA Book Reviews on December 29, 2013 at 1:29 pm

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by Neil Gaiman

Fantasy/©1996/370 pages

Publisher’s Blurb (Goodreads):

Under the streets of London there’s a place most people could never even dream of. A city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, knights in armour and pale girls in black velvet. This is the city of the people who have fallen between the cracks.

Richard Mayhew, a young businessman, is going to find out more than enough about this other London. A single act of kindness catapults him out of his workday existence and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and utterly bizarre. And a strange destiny awaits him down here, beneath his native city: Neverwhere.

My Thoughts: Technically, this is an adult fantasy book, but kids love it as well (it won the YALSA award as an adult book that Young Adults enjoy). It is a quirky story, but very engaging. Well written, with fascinating characters (especially Mr Croup and Mr Vandemar as the most entertaining – yet horrific – villains) and an incredible underground London setting. This is a story that can be read for the sheer entertainment value, or read and reread to unravel, examine, and discuss the many layers of themes that run through it.

My Rating: 4/5 Stars

Other Reviews:

http://www.teenink.com/reviews/book_reviews/article/33175/neverwhere

http://www.mindful-musings.com/2011/11/review-of-neverwhere-by-neil-gaiman.html

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