Neverwhere

by Neil Gaiman

HarperCollins | March 17, 2009 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

Neverwhere is rated 4 out of 5 by 5.

Richard Mayhew is a young man with a good heart and an ordinarylife, which is changed forever when he stops to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk. His small act of kindness propels him into a world he never dreamed existed. There are people who fall through the cracks, and Richard has become one of them. And he must learn to survive in this city of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels, if he is ever to return to the London that he knew.

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Published: March 17, 2009

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

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ISBN - 10: 0061793051

ISBN - 13: 9780061793059

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great, fun read! As usual, I read this book in pretty much a day - I can never put down a Neil Gaiman book once I've started it. It is a great, fun read!
Date published: 2014-04-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Neverwhere I couldn't read past the first few pages of this book. I'm not into grossness and it contained lots. I bought this book because I really enjoyed "The Ocean at the end of the Lane". But this one is going to good-will!
Date published: 2014-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from like Narnia for grown-ups "Neverwhere" is like Narnia for grown-ups. The hero of the story, Richard Mayhew, enters the fantastical world of London Below through a door with the help of a girl called Lady Door. He finds himself on a quest while avoiding the predatory inclinations of a pair of ancient assassins. The people Richard meets, some who aide and some who hinder his journey, are eccentric and eclectic. Really fun read.
Date published: 2011-12-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of my favourites by Gaiman Richard was living a regular life - engaged to his fiancee, Jessica, and working a good job. But one day, he stopped to help a bleeding girl in the street. Little did he know, that one action would change his life forever. Suddenly, he seemed invisible - Jessica broke up with him, he no longer had a job, people literally didn't see him. He had "fallen through the cracks". He turns up in "London Below", with others who had fallen through the cracks, looking for the girl, Door, to help him. Door, meanwhile, is on her own quest to avenge her murdered family. I really liked this. I was drawn in from the start, and though a couple of places/characters didn't interest me quite as much, overall, I really enjoyed it. It's right up there with The Graveyard Book as one of my favourites by Gaiman (though I've only read four so far). My copy also had a reader's discussion section at the end that started with a short, but interesting, interview with Gaiman.
Date published: 2011-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Explore London Below I first read this book a few years ago. I asked a friend, a manager of a bookstore, what her favourite books or authors were to expand upon my reading list. She recommended Stardust and Neverwhere, both by Neil Gaiman. Both became quick favourites though very different, and both had a lasting impression on me. This book is dark and disturbing; it mixes high fantasy with modern day woes. It is the story of Richard Mayhew, an office worker in London who meets a girl named Door, and suddenly his whole world is turned upside down. He discovers London Below, a place of enchantment, magic, and mythic creatures. He has been called upon to be Door's hero. Door's whole family has been murdered and when Richard encounters her, she has been injured. Just by stopping and paying attention to her, he is sucked into her world, and slowly drifts away from what we would call reality. This book is richly thrilling and full of detail. You will never think of London the same way again. And maybe never look at a street person the same way again either.
Date published: 2010-05-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic The was the first book I have read in the fantasy genre. I can't explain why I liked this book, I just did. Richard is just a regular guy, he has a steady job, a girlfriend and friends. Nothing out of the ordinary happens to him, until the day he comes across Door bleeding on the sidewalk. Against his girlfriends wishes, he takes Door back to his apartment to clean her up. From this moment on, his life will never be ordinary again. It all starts when he realizes no one can really see him, they only notice him when he speaks directly to them. Then he learns that London Above is not the only one in existence. Along with Door, he ends up learning about the underground London, and when he finally gets the chance to return to a normal life, he finds out this might not be what he truly wants. A wonderful novel that made me wonder if the world we live in is really what it seems to be.
Date published: 2009-07-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from just ok This book was just okay. I didn't really like the main character as he seemed like such a coward and didn't really do it for me. The characters were okay but I felt lacking. This book had potential but some of the storyline just fell flat for me. I wanted more action and better characters to appear.
Date published: 2009-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another Hit From Gaiman This has now be one of my favourite books by Gaiman. He creates such a dark, crazy , wonderful world that you can get lost in. However being a fan of the Labyrinth I kept thinking Jareth the Goblin King (aka David Bowie) would pop out lol.
Date published: 2009-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great listening experience! This isn't the first Neil Gaiman I've read, having also listened to the author himself read an unabridged version of 'Coraline,' and have also read, in print, 'Good Omens.' I like his urban fantasy (dark usually) style quite a bit. This story follows Richard, a fella who lives a rather normal life in a rather normal part of London, and who, out with a girl you'd rather he not live a normal life with, bumps into a small young woman who basically falls at his feet, beaten and bloody. Richard, being the nice guy, picks her up and helps her recover. You know that adage about no good deed going unpunished? Woah. Richard ends up running from two demonic sorts, after the girl, into 'London Below,' with the added bonus of that place sucking his above-London life into some sort of void, where no one can remember him. Before he's done, he'll suffer, try to find the girl, suffer, try to rescue the girl, suffer, meet an angel, and suffer. And there's some suffering, too. As always, Neil Gaiman's villains have a fantastic depth to them, and the other characters are shifty and confusing enough that you can't quite figure out anyone's motives. It's a great story to listen to - and even though it was abridged, the sound effects and reading voice really added a great deal of tone to the story. I'm a little bit tempted to go find this unabriged and/or in print.
Date published: 2008-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Original and enchanting. Neverwhere remains one of my favourite books of all time. The story has the dark and somewhat whimsical feel of a traditional fairy tale, and it creates a world that you can't help but be drawn into. The characters are interesting and engaging, and there's definitely enough suspense to keep the pages turning. I would recommend this book to anyone, whether or not they usually read in the fantasy genre, because Neverwhere really is in a category unto itself.
Date published: 2008-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Made me a Gaiman Fan. This book alone made me fall in love with Neil Gaiman's work. I have always enjoyed the idea of a secret world beneath the surface of our own. And the addition of magic and beast just added to the fun. I've also read the graphic novel for this story, but It wasn't quite on par with this novel.
Date published: 2007-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Neverwhere Richard Mayhew, an average, every day man, is plucked from his own world after helping a young girl named Door. Soon his world rejects him and he is left to discover a new one. This was a great adventure, and I barely noticed that I was reading a fantasy novel (which I'm not that big on in the first place).
Date published: 2007-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Even the Bad Guys are Good I am a great reader, and there have been many memorable books over the years. "Neverwhere" stands out. What the plot lacks in originality, the cast of characters and the setting more than make up for in a land, 'sort of ' next door, where even the evil creatures have a deliciously urbane sense of humour. Not one person to whom I recommended this book was anything less than enthralled, and it has so cast it's spell over me, that I will surely read it more than the three times I already have. Mr. Gaiman, bring Neverwhere back !
Date published: 2006-12-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Perhaps just a weak audio abridgement... This isn't the first Neil Gaiman I've read, having also listened to the author himself read an unabridged version of 'Coraline,' and have also read, in print, 'Good Omens.' I like his urban fantasy (dark usually) style quite a bit. This story follows Richard, a fella who lives a rather normal life in a rather normal part of London, and who, out with a girl you'd rather he not live a normal life with, bumps into a small young woman who basically falls at his feet, beaten and bloody. Richard, being the nice guy, picks her up and helps her recover. You know that adage about no good deed going unpunished? Woah. Richard ends up running from two demonic sorts, after the girl, into 'London Below,' with the added bonus of that place sucking his above-London life into some sort of void, where no one can remember him. Before he's done, he'll suffer, try to find the girl, suffer, try to rescue the girl, suffer, meet an angel, and suffer. And there's some suffering, too. As always, Neil Gaiman's villains have a fantastic depth to them, and the other characters are shifty and confusing enough that you can't quite figure out anyone's motives. It's a great story to listen to - and even though it was abridged, the sound effects and reading voice really added a great deal of tone to the story. I'm a little bit tempted to go find this unabriged and/or in print.
Date published: 2006-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Read This book was passed through a massive group of friends and their families before it made its way to me and I absolutely loved it! I've also recommended it to other people because I was so impressed and so were they. Neil Gaiman is an amazing author and with this book he has the ability to paint dark, fascinating images in the mind of the reader. Very imaginative and extremely compelling! One of my favourites.
Date published: 2004-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SWEET! Neverwhere was by far one of the best books I have ever picked up, I didn't want to put it down, it made me wonder if there was a real place like that, and that people above couldn't realize these people from below. Neil Gaiman is an awsome writer i advise everyone to read this book, haunting, exciting and scary all at the same time can't wait to read his next book!
Date published: 2003-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A world unknown This is the greatest book I've ever read. I shall never regret saying that, the dark adult fairytale gives a sence of well-being to the reader and you can almost imagine the fear, anticipation and all the action of this novel, a great mystery, action, and in some parts horror, whatever its title may be, still a great book.
Date published: 2003-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman A friend of mine gave me this book to read, and at first I didn't believe that it would be good. Fortunally I gave it a chance and found that it would turn out to be one of the best books that I have ever read. I reccomend this book to anyone who wants to read something a little out of the ordinary. Many of my friends have now read it, and the response is always the same, excellent!
Date published: 2001-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Depressed I have read this fantastic book 4 times and every time I finish it I can't help but feel sad that there is no more book to read. I wish it would go on forever!
Date published: 2001-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book i've ever read! There's no doubt about it that Neil Gaiman is the best writer in the area of dark and mysterious books. Neverwhere is very visual. A book that you will not want to stop reading, that is great from beginning to end!
Date published: 2000-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from tantalizingly delicious With all the wit and rancour which he is known for, Mr. Gaiman has penned yet another stellar example of literary excellence. Much in line with the "Sandman" artistic novels, for the dark environs he paints, there is more emotion and depth to his characters than witnessed in previous pennings. A truly fabulous read!
Date published: 2000-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Never Read But.... I will read Neil Gaiman again now. Best thing I have ever read. Enjoyed the characters and how "dark" the story was. Great. Never read a lot of books before but will read more Gaiman.
Date published: 1999-12-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from IT PUT A SPELL ON ME Neverwhere is a total work of art. It is a masterpiece in mood and atmosphere, as well as being a very entertaining read. All the characters are interesting, and the imagery so vivid it takes your breathe away. Unfortunately, the book isn't perfect. I thought the ending was a bit too easy, force, as if Gaiman didn't want (or didn't know how) to end this marvellous novel. That aside, you can't go wrong with neverwhere. Neil Gaiman is an author to look for in the near future.
Date published: 1999-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Neverwhere After innocently helping an injured young woman, Richard Mayhew becomes virtually invisible to the ordinary world, thrust into the shadows of London Below. He is dragged along at breakneck speed by dark and dangerous characters through bizarre events on a quest to regain his former life. Gaiman creates a world so vivid in your mind. It's captivating. Jim Henson's studios will have to tone down the horror of this fantasy story for the movie version that's in the works.
Date published: 1999-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! This is an astonishing book. The author manages to scare you, make you laugh, and make you think all at the same time. I've never read another book that made me think about myself so carefully. Aside from being a great story, it is also a perceptive comment on how people allow all the wrong things in society to continue unchecked. I recommend this book to everyone.
Date published: 1999-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Neil Gaiman is a gift to the world... You read the title right: Neil Gaiman is an incredible storyteller. Neverwhere is purely amazing; honestly, there isn't a book like this out there! Anybody who thrives on magical storytelling owes it to themselves to read this book: it will surprise you! Promised!
Date published: 1999-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Neverwhere Neil "The God" Gaiman crafts a modern-day fairy tale about an ordinary man who becomes drawn into a magical quest after encountering a mysterious woman. His journey leads him into an invisible world under the streets of London, where he finds adventure, danger and a purpose in life. His Most Exalted Lord Gaiman creates a novel filled with wonderful characters, witty dialogue and fantastic settings.
Date published: 1999-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Neverwhere I loved this engrossing fairytale for adults. Gaiman creates an ethereal firmament that draws the reader from a setting of contemporary London England to the dark and magic world of London below. The plot is seamless, the characters are vivid and the story telling is fluid. A satisfying read!
Date published: 1998-10-26

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Neverwhere

by Neil Gaiman

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: March 17, 2009

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061793051

ISBN - 13: 9780061793059

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Richard Mayhew is a young man with a good heart and an ordinarylife, which is changed forever when he stops to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk. His small act of kindness propels him into a world he never dreamed existed. There are people who fall through the cracks, and Richard has become one of them. And he must learn to survive in this city of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels, if he is ever to return to the London that he knew.

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