Neverwhere: A Novel

Paperback | September 2, 2003

byNeil Gaiman

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Richard Mayhew is a young man with a good heart and an ordinary life, 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.

"A fantastic story that is both the stuff of dreams and nightmares" (San Diego Union-Tribune), Neil Gaiman's first solo novel has become a touchstone of urban fantasy, and a perennial favorite of readers everywhere.

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Richard Mayhew is a young man with a good heart and an ordinary life, 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 le...

Neil Gaiman is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous books, including the novels Neverwhere, Stardust, Coraline, Anansi Boys, and The Graveyard Book; the Sandman series of graphic novels; and the story collections Smoke and Mirrors, Fragile Things, and M Is for Magic. He is also the coauthor (with Terry Pratchett) of the no...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.9 inPublished:September 2, 2003Publisher:HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.Language:English

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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 2 out of 5 by from Nevermore Could never really get into this book. Although it did help me get to sleep several nights. We read as park of a fantasy bookclub and no one loved it. Just OK. Not one of Gaiman's better works.
Date published: 2014-04-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Neverwhere Not a fan...its was interesting in terms of characters and setting but the plot for was boring.
Date published: 2014-03-02
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 LOVED it!! This was a great story, nice pace, easy to read and enjoyable. I'm sorry the story ended because I'd really like to know more about Richard, Door, Old Bailey and, of course, the Marquis. Neil Gaiman is a great Author :)
Date published: 2013-12-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Little ride away Imaginative and creative. Story takes you on an enticing adventure. Would rate it 3.5 as I would have liked to have seen more connection in the relationships. But I did enjoy the ride!
Date published: 2013-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everyone should read this book I think I didn't know what spellbinding meant until I read this book...few books are this awesome. Well done, Mr Gaiman. This book was a hundred times better than American gods...
Date published: 2013-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Neverwhere Excellent story, just the kind I was hoping it would be. The world so often glimpsed out of the corner of your eye, when you're not looking for it. Well done Mr. Gaiman.
Date published: 2013-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A bit lovely A bit gruesome, a tad dark, a smidge odd, and totally enthralling. As if waking the streets of Lindon, and seeing odd names long forgotten for their origins sparked a world that just might already exist.
Date published: 2013-09-01
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 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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