Neverwhere: Author's Preferred Text by Neil GaimanNeverwhere: Author's Preferred Text by Neil Gaiman

Neverwhere: Author's Preferred Text

byNeil Gaiman

Mass Market Paperback | November 29, 2016

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National Bestseller

Selected as one of NPR’s Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of All Time

The #1 New York Times bestselling author’s ultimate edition of his wildly successful first novel featuring his “preferred text”—and including his new Neverwhere tale, “How the Marquis Got His Coat Back.”

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.

“Delightful … inventively horrific.”

USA Today

Neil Gaiman was born in Portchester, England on November 10, 1960. He worked as a journalist and freelance writer for a time, before deciding to try his hand at comic books. Some of his work has appeared in publications such as Time Out, The Sunday Times, Punch, and The Observer. His first comic endeavor was the graphic novel series Th...
Title:Neverwhere: Author's Preferred TextFormat:Mass Market PaperbackProduct dimensions:480 pages, 7.5 × 4.19 × 1.08 inShipping dimensions:7.5 × 4.19 × 1.08 inPublished:November 29, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062476378

ISBN - 13:9780062476371


Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved it I’ve been sitting here, struggling to find a way to describe this book. Neverwhere is dark and gritty, but with a fairytale quality to it. I suppose it could be classified as urban fantasy, but I think it goes beyond that. It’s something uniquely Gaiman. The pacing, tone and speech patterns all follow his typical style. And I loved the characters - even the dullard Richard. I’ll be totally honest, I enjoyed Neverwhere a heck of a lot more than American Gods!
Date published: 2018-08-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book Took me a while before I got into it. First Gaiman novel I had read
Date published: 2018-08-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Read Neverwhere is my first Neil Gaiman book and I throughly enjoyed it. He really knows how to build a story and keep the reader hooked.
Date published: 2018-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting book I really liked this book, the story was interesting and moved alone quickly. I love Neil Gaimans writing style and this is a home run for any Gaiman fan. If you love fantastical stories, then you will enjoy this book
Date published: 2018-06-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! This was a great book, a good story and it wasn't too long. The characters were fun and likable. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this book.
Date published: 2018-06-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great it took me some getting into but I ended up loving it
Date published: 2018-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another work of art by Gaiman This may not be for everyone but if you are a fan of Neil Gaimen, or the gothic/ fantasy genre this is the book for you! The universe he creates is so well planned and the story vividly shocking in a way that is so rare to achieve without visual aid. Amazing!
Date published: 2018-06-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Nope Tried to hop on to the fantasy train, but just can't seem to get stay on board. I guess Gaiman just isn't my ish.
Date published: 2018-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definitely read this How have I not read Gaiman’s work before? Loved his writing. A whole other world. "I can prove who I am. I’ve got my library cards”
Date published: 2018-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FAVOURITE BOOKS This was one of my favourite books for years. Neil Gaiman tells us a well-told story, developing and creating an 'underground' world rich in colour, flavours and excitement. London below comes alive with a description of the Floating Market at Harrods, Door the orphan and Hunter the prize-winning fighter. London below isn't just the underground, it is a portal to Gaiman's creative brain. His central character Richard Mayhew is every man living a superficial life until his perception of reality is challenged and he himself is tested. If you like Sci-Fi - I would definitely recommend this book.
Date published: 2018-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Neverwhere - neil gaiman Was a great book! Definitely no real criticisms of the book at all. It was a delight to read and was just fun. It felt a bit slower in the middle - yet still I didn't feel bogged down at all. I would have definitely read a sequel - I sometimes wish there was one, but its kind of cool there isnt.
Date published: 2018-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Neverwhere Not my favourite Gaiman novel but imaginative and captivating nonetheless. I'd love to read more stories on just Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar alone, even that alternative prologue at the end of this print version had me intrigued!
Date published: 2018-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great and terrifying Croup and Vandemar are TERRIFYING, and goodness can Neil Gaiman can craft a sentence. It took me way too many years to get around to reading this book.
Date published: 2018-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A work of Great Imagination! A very interesting read. Was easier to get through than American Gods. Still had lots of detail and interesting characters.
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good Great story but slow to build up
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful and easy read As my first Neil Gaiman novel, I didn't have high expectations. I was looking for an easy read that would allow me to explore an unknown world and wasn't part of a series as I have a tendency to fall head-first into those. After finishing the book I found I was disappointed it wasn't a series. I wanted to know more about Door and London Below. I would suggest this book to friends looking for a Magician's-esque book - an adult Narnia, if you will.
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Decent easy to read, hard to put down
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderfully Imaginative Neil Gaiman where have you been all my life? This book strikes a pitch perfect balance between drama, comedy, and adventure. A great read if you love fantasy novels
Date published: 2017-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Modern Fairytale Great read, especially for the fantasy fan. Modern Alice in Wonderland for the adult reader.
Date published: 2017-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really interesting universe I waited a long time before finally picking up this book. I was surprisingly amazed by all the details that went in this book. It's worth your time.
Date published: 2017-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing Worth it. Very interesting and happy to have it in my library.
Date published: 2017-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't Put It Down I've loved Neil's work since I was a teen and that has never changed. A fantastic story where the protagonist is thrust into adventure, unwillingly at first, but comes to enjoy the strange things happening all around.
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slow Going But Good So when I started reading this book I was really unsure about whether or not I would like it. And I didn't really like it very much for the first third or so. It wasn't until I was 150 pages in that I actually started to get into the book. The plot got more exciting and I was getting more invested in the plot. And by the time I finished the book I was very glad that I had read it. It started off a little slow but the plot definitely got better.
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK I listened to the audio book and it was OK. The narrating by Neil Gaiman was well done and the story was pretty decent. I also thought it was clever, a little too clever, unfortunately all the cleverness really slowed the story down and took me away from the flow of the narrative. Characters were always saying things wistfully or accurately or helpfully or being simile-d or metaphor-d to death. It was amusing at times but it became overused and kind of ruined the whole experience.
Date published: 2017-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome read neil gaiman is a master storyteller and Neverwhere sucks you in before you realize it.
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read! Interesting and creative, the story will keep you hooked until the last page with lots of twists and turns along the way. The world of fantasy and magic colliding with the everyday.
Date published: 2017-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mind Blowing Adventure If a book can make you change the way you see the world, then it must've done something right. I can never think of the London Underground system quite the same way again the moment I picked up Neverwhere and saw a reimagining of the Tube. Angel-Islington, Earl's Court, Shepherd's Bush, are all names that you will think twice about. A brilliantly written tale about an ordinary man who embarks upon a life-changing adventure and makes us all wish we could visit London Below. Simply a masterpiece.
Date published: 2017-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite all time books. I have bought and lent out so many copies of this book. I was lucky enough to be reading it while we were touring London. I can't tell you how much that young girl giggled as she boarded Black Friars station on the tube, and I definitely minded the gap. Gaiman takes you on a ride, he is a true story teller, making the unbelievable seem like every day occurrences. This is an adventure story, where the characters feel like your friends and you just want to find your way in.
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Story NG is a great story teller, with lots of imagination.
Date published: 2017-08-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as good as expected but still okay Like other reviewers, I found this book a little hard to get into at first but once I got through that hurdle I couldn't put it down. I would have rated this book at least a 4 if it hadn't been for the ending. I felt like the ending was somewhat of a let down and wasn't as impact to the story as it was meant to be. It's not a bad ending per se it's just not particularly satisfying.
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hooked! Couldn't put this one down. Enjoyed it even more than American Gods. The world the narrative took place in felt so alive and lived in. The story was captivating and hard to put down. A fairy tale for adults, Neverwhere was a treat to read! #staffreviews
Date published: 2017-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A favourite I reread this book every few years. Its such a wonderfully dark, original tale. Definitely worth your time!
Date published: 2017-07-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good! I don't normally enjoy this genre, but Gaiman is a great storyteller
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of my personal favourites. Not for every, that's a guarantee, but as a fan of the urban fantasy genre it's one of my all time favourite novels.
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slow but good... I struggled to get into this book... it was confusing and slow at the beginning but it eventually was a great read...
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slow but good I found this book really slow and hard to following in the beginning but by the end I could not put it down!
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting story This was an interesting story. Different than what I was expecting but true to form for Gaiman. It is like a modern fairy tale with different twists and turns. Quick, easy read.
Date published: 2017-05-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read I had trouble getting into this one, but still a good read.
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites One of my favourite Neil Gaiman books, an imaginative story filled with fun
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enthralling An interesting and creative fantasy setting that shows a collection of unique characters and concepts. Excellent if you are a fan of the fantasy genre adn are looking for something slightly different and new.
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely brilliant. A new favourite. The entire tale does exactly what the author set out to do - share the story of someone who fell between the cracks of reality, akin to Alice in Wonderland, or Narnia. The difference being that this tale is written for adults, and beautifully blends the light comedic notes in life within the darker elements.
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Engaging, spell binding novel Devoured this book in a few short days. Bought it in a whim and no regrets. Fantastic storytelling by Neil Gaiman.
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing One of Neil's best books. Just filled with imagination set in modern day
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible! so much imagination!! and a fun story with an interesting twist
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastical! An incredible story that mixes fantasy and realism to create wonderful story.
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Imaginative Imaginative story. Neil Gaiman brings it!
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I could not put the book down I enjoy reading every page of this book. I devour it .
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome I really enjoyed reading this book
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from On my favourites' list I own the original hardcover version of this novel, but I still went out and bought this version! This novel has it all: an intriguing plot, great characters, London Below, murder, mystery, mayhem, etc. Neil Gaiman is simply the best storyteller. ever.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Imaginative, creative, well written Neil Gaiman delivers in Neverwhere. I found myself immersed within the first few chapters and prepared for an adventure which bent reality. With many books, I can predict where the store is headed, but never with Neil Gaiman. This was an enjoyable read, and I took my time to savour each page.
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This was the first Neil Gaiman book i ever picked up. His recreation of London is a dream
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Original and captivating I really love this novel. The characters are original and endearing, and the world that Gaiman builds seems to have no end at all. It is rich in detail but also vast and neverending. One of my favourite books by him!
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read Great fun read, a little lighter than many Neil Gaiman books, but a lot of fun.
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant Escape From Reality Talk about inventive. Epic story telling with fantastic characters and leaves you wanting to reject reality for something far more bizarre, if only to escape it. Huge messages and symbolism in the novel, and two of the most dastardly creepy villains I've ever read. I loved the twists that carried through the novel and the ending was glorious. The more time I spend thinking about it, the more I realize just how much I enjoyed it and how special it really is. I've never read anything like NEVERWHERE, and am so glad I experienced this quirky, fantastically written novel.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good book I found it a bit confusing at first... but then it cleared up and was really good :)
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great read Another great read by Gaiman. This book took awhile to read just because I never seemed to find the time. I wish that I had given it more of my undivided attention because it really came together in the end. I also really liked the story about the Marquis and his coat.. those mushroom people just really got to me. What the heck. Fabulous storytelling.
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!!! An incredible book by an equally incredible author. I have read this book 5 times and every time it gets better. Strongly recommend this book. Pretty much anything by Neil Gaiman.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really fun read I really enjoyed reading Neverwhere, particularly having been a resident of London at the time. The underworld he creates is fantastic and the novel itself highly entertaining.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Spectacular, humorour and dark Gaiman does a splendid job of weaving fantasy, humour and darkness all into one story. The characters are dynamic and complicated; I enjoyed that they were always developing through the story and were not always what they seemed. I would love to see this one be made into a movie one day -- there is so much visual magic in this story!
Date published: 2016-09-30
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 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

Editorial Reviews

"For those who have never been to Neverwhere, it's time to go. For those who may have traveled once before, this new edition is calling out to you. There is more to see, hear and learn."