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

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061793051

ISBN - 13: 9780061793059

Found in: Science Fiction and Fantasy

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Could Not Finish It This is the third book I read by Neil Gaiman and I'm noticing a trend with him. He has really cool, really original, amazing ideas, but HE'S SO BORING. The way he writes is so tedious that I find it a chore to continue reading his books. At one point I looked for the Neverwhere TV show (that was made before the book) so I could see whether it was really worth continuing to read it. I don't know why it is that his writing is so bland and longwinded. It's sort of like he relies too much on his good ideas that he couldn't be bothered to put any effort into the actual writing. After several weeks I finally made it to page 257 out of 370 when I felt like yelling "I can't take it anymore!" and stopped reading it for good. The characters have no personality and the story lacked emotion. As a writer it's your duty to make me care about the characters and their fate, but Gaiman failed to do that. Richard could have jumped off a bridge midway through the book and I would've shrugged it off. It could just be me, but I was really positive about this book but was let down by it. If you're looking for some really creative ideas then by all means pick up Neverwhere, but if you're looking for any kind of substance or writing talent I do not recommend wasting your money.
Date published: 2013-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredibly creative Richard Mayhew lives a normal, boring life in London. He's got a good job and is engaged. When walking to a dinner with his fiancee, he finds a woman laying on the sidewalk covered in blood. Richard takes this woman back to his apartment because she refuses treatment. Suddenly, Richard's world starts to change. A rat delivers a message to this woman, who is named Door, in his apartment and when she finally leaves, Richard becomes essentially invisible. He can't hail a taxi, the subway won't take his change, and his office is empty at his job. Richard goes on a hunt to find Door and figure out what has happened to him, which leads him into the world of London Below. All the people that live in London Below are people that have fallen through the cracks. Richard finds Door but she's on the run from two contract killers trying to finish her off, after her family was murdered. Richard wants to determine how to get back to his regular life and Door wants to avenge her family's death. This novel was very creative. There were small fantasy elements but for the most part it was just like reading about another world that could be. I was a bit confused when I first started reading it but I quickly got in to it and really enjoyed the book.
Date published: 2011-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An enjoyable read! **Spoiler Alert!** If you plan on reading the book, do not continue reading this review. … Okay, but don’t say I didn’t warn you. Richard Mayhew is just your everyday Average Joe who moved to London to procure a number-crunching job. He meets a girl and becomes engaged. Life seems to be great. However, Richard is an absent-minded person. He forgets his keys, loses track of time, etc... On the way to dinner with his fiancee (with a reservation he forgot to confirm), where he was supposed to impress her boss, Richard stops by a rag girl who is exhausted, frightened and hurt. Jessica (who is most definitely a woman who prefers her way or the highway) demands he leave her for someone else to take care of. And when he picks up the girl to take her home, Jessica (her name isn't Jess) threatens to end their engagement. Richard disregards her statement and takes the girl home to mend. Little did he know how bad life was about to get. "Door" can open doorways without keys, can open doors where there are none. It was her ability that helped her escape her would-be assassins, Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar, and brought her to London Above. But Richard doesn't understand her meaning. No worries, reluctantly, he soon will. Her would-be assasssins manage to track her down, but Richard manages to get rid of them. With her face now plastered on Missing posters throughout the neighborhood, Door sends Richard for help and he brings back the Marquis de Carabas. As she leaves, she apologizes. Little does Richard know how deep that apology actually goes. For Richard's life, as he knows it, is now over. Jessica broke their engagement and refuses to see or talk to him. When he arrives at work, his possessions are removed from his desk. His flat is leased to another couple - while he's in the tub! Richard is gone. It's as if he never existed. He can be seen, but is immediately forgotten. Throwing some of his belongings into a duffle bag, he sets off to find Door, wanting answers, wanting his life back. There's only one way he figures he can find her. Start with the very place she'd sent him before for help. And help he gets - from unlikely characters. For under London lies London Below, filled with shady characters, talking animals, tunnels, sewers, hidden passageways and a mysterious market that's never held in the same place twice. A market that provides, but people barter, and not with money. Money means nothing in London Below. For Richard, this isn't reality. He wants to go home. Door is on her own quest. She wants to find her family's muderer. She wants to know why. And only the Angel Islington can help. But after finally finding him, she is sent on a quest to retrieve a certain key, and when she returns, he will tell her all she needs to know. Richard, reluctantly, is along for the ride, for afterwards, the promise is he'll be sent home and his life will be as it was. But Door was warned; they have a traitor in their mists. The Hunter is hired to bodyguard her from the assassins who are after her. Richard deals with more than he bargained for. And just when they think they have the story right, how wrong they were. An enjoyable read, it was an adventure. Places where people have no business being. Strange and shady characters, some you enjoy, some you dispise. A solid mystery that leaves you asking questions until you finally get the answers you seek. For me, it was missing just that little "oomph", that little "spark" to make the story completely believable. While I could picture a different world of London Below, I couldn't really picture some of the characters and what they did. I enjoyed the banter with Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar. And I felt, at heart, how Richard came to care for Door. Definitely an entertaining story to read.
Date published: 2010-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great alternate universe Richard is an ordinary man living an ordinary life engaged to Jessica. One night he stops to help a young girl (Door) who is bleeding, much to Jessica's chagrin. Door asks him to find the Marquis for help. Once Richard involves himself in Door's life, he becomes invisible and forgotten in London above. Richard must find Door and get his life back. But Door has problems of her own. Her whole family was murdered. Is she next to die? Richard ends up in London Below in a mess of abandoned subways and sewer tunnels. Door leads Richard on 'quests' and Richard experiences an exciting dangerous life. This story is a dark urban fantasy. Although the characters are not likable, the reader is drawn in. Gaiman has shown his immense imagination in his fantasy world of London Below. An excellent read!!
Date published: 2010-08-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Interesting but not spectacular The idea was well conceived and the writing was decent but something was definitely missing. I didn't feel any particular connection to the characters and was detached from the story as a result. Though the concept of such an underground world is believable, I did not feel "sucked into the world" as I wanted and expected. When I read the description of the book, I felt it had potential but the execution - in terms of the depth of the characters and predictability of the plot - just didn't do it for me.
Date published: 2010-06-13
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 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 We got a page turner here! This is a gripping tale about Richard Mayhew, the average-joe who stumbles into a land of oddity and danger by mishap, when he chose to help a bleeding girl in the streets of London. The short and rather dull summary does NOT do this book justice. I let this book sit at my desk for a good couple of months before I picked it up and read it, but I'm glad I did; better late than never right?
Date published: 2010-02-12
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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