Saturday, March 22, 2008

Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman

Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman

I’m not sure what to make of this story. It was absorbing to say the least, but I’m still not sure if I liked it or not. It was... different. The hero has an odd encounter with a girl from London Below, a parallel universe that exists in roughly the same space as ours but has only a tenuous connection. Beings in our world can interact with beings from the other, but it takes enough effort that such commingling is rare. London Below is a world where magic is real, rats are respected creatures, and names have a very literal meaning (black Friar monks live in Blackfriars and a mystical Earl holds court in Earl’s Court). This rich backdrop was both fascinating and compelling; I was continually excited to discover what was around the next corner. The plot was tenuous, though, with one-dimensional characters and predictable situations. With such a unique universe in which to play, I was disappointed that there wasn’t more of the denizens to do. An odd book from start to finish; if you are looking for something different then this is certainly it.

First Sentence:
She had been running for four days now, a harum-scarum tumbling flight through passages and tunnels.

1 comment:

crazyBobcat said...

I agree with everything you said. It's an engaging story, but I find it the weakest of Gaiman's entire oeuvre. Like you said, very one-dimensional. As an aside I found it amusing to watch the otherwise talented actors struggle with that same one-dimensionality in the BBCs production of Neverwhere.

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