18 August 2011

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Thoughts and Reflections
This novel was a very entertaining read. Undoubtedly, Neil Gaiman is an incredibly talented and creative author. It was like diving back into a children's book and imagination, whilst still allowing the reader to be an adult.

To be honest, the book didn't require a lot of thinking or have any serious underlying themes as far as I could tell. However, at times I think fantasy books can be rather predictable. This book, however, was I did not find predictable in the least. There were points when I thought events were taking a predictable route, only to be pleasantly surprised when they took a turn. Often, as I was reading, I thought events were becoming predictable, then they would simply continue, losing all the predictable elements as the storyline proceeded.

An element that I loved about this novel was its setting. The story takes place in London. There are numerous cultural references as well as geographic and historical references. The book really brought the city to life for me. For anyone who has been to, lived in, or dreams about visiting London, I would say this is a good book to explore.

I don't have too much more to say about the novel. In truth, it was simply entertaining. I would recommend the book for a good, entertaining read. I am not a big fan of fantasy, but this novel kept my interest, providing a nice mix between reality and the imaginary. I would say this novel is well suited for those who like fantasy, but also for those who aren't overly keen on the genre. This is a good taster for us realists.

About the Author
Neil Gaiman was born in 1960 in Hampshire, England and was raised in West Sussex. In the early 1980s, Gaiman pursued a careen in journalism, working for the British Fantasy Society and Imagine Magazine. He published a short story, Featherquest, in Imagine Magazine in 1984. His first book was a biography of the band Duran Duran, though the publisher declared bankruptcy, despite the book's popularity. Gaiman proceeded to write articles and interview for various British magazines, often under one of many pseudonyms.  In the late 1980s, he wrote a biography of Douglas Adams, Don't Panic: The Official Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Companion. Shortly thereafter, he collaborated with Terry Pratchett to write the comic novel Good Omens, which was published in 1990. He published Neverwhere, a novel based on the BBC teleplay, which Gaiman wrote, in 1996. Gaiman married Amanda Palmer in January 2011 and lives near Minneapolis, USA.

Things I Loved About This Novel:
1. Door. An interesting character, not an inanimate object.
2. Richard, the protagonist. Also and interesting character and rather endearing.
3. The settings, both of them.

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