NEVERWHERE is the newest dark fantasy novel by the prolific Neil
Gaiman (creator of the Sandman series.) In it Gaiman takes the most
ordinary situations and makes them extraordinary. In our world
there are people from every walk of life --- good samaritans,
people pursued by hired assasins, liars, cheats, friends, enemies,
and everything in between. In NEVERWHERE you find the same thing
but with one heck of a twist.
Richard Mayhew is a regular guy, with a regular job, a fiance who
drags him around trying to "improve" him, and what he thinks is a
happy life. That is --- until the night he discovers a girl on the
sidewalk, bleeding, and leaves his fiance to go alone to an
important dinner. In the process of taking care of the injured
girl, he loses his fiance.
This is the beginning of a journey for Richard --- to a place that
only certain people can see. Richard is from London "Above," but he
is about to become a part of London "Below." The girl he has
rescued is no ordinary street kid and because of his contact with
her, he is suddenly not a part of either London.
This most imaginative tale takes you along with Richard --- through
his many trials and tribulations, his wonder and his constant
longing for home --- as he discovers the teeming world of London
"Below." Here, the rules are not the same --- friends become
enemies and enemies become friends --- Richard must always be on
I raced through this book because it was simply fascinating --- the
plot was really new and different. The rich description and
character development were a pleasure to read. I found myself happy
with the ending, but wishing the story would go on. I even had
trouble getting into another book after reading this one. Perhaps
Gaiman has left himself room to write a sequel to NEVERWHERE --- I
sure hope he does.
-- Reviewed by BookpgMarL