Gaiman, Neil

Book - 1997
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but demanding fiancee. Then one night he stumbles across a girl bleeding on the sidewalk. He stops to help her--and the life he knows vanishes like smoke. Several hours later, the girl is gone too. And by the following morning Richard Mayhew has been erased from his world. His bank cards no longer work, taxi drivers won't stop for him, his hundred rents his apartment out to strangers. He has become invisible, and inexplicably consigned to a London of shadows and darkness a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations. He has fallen through the cracks of reality and has landed somewhere different, somewhere that is Neverwhere. For this is the home of Door, the mysterious girl whom Richard rescued in the London Above. A personage of great power and nobility in this murky, candlelit realm, she is on a mission to discover the cause of her family's slaughter, and in doing so preserve this strange underworld kingdom from the malevolence that means to destroy it. And with nowhere else to turn, Richard Mayhew must now join the Lady Door's entourage in their determined--and possibly fatal--quest. For the dread journey ever-downward--through bizarre anachronisms and dangerous incongruities, and into dusty corners of stalled time--is Richard's final hope, his last road back to a "real" world that is growing disturbingly less real by the minute. If Tim Burton reimagined The Phantom of the Opera, if Jack Finney let his dark side take over, if you rolled the best work of Clive Barker, Peter Straub and Caleb Carr into one, you still would have something that fell far short of Neil Gaiman's NEVERWHERE. It is a masterful debut novel of darkly hypnotic power, and one of the most absorbing reads to come along in years.

Publisher: New York :, Avon Books,, [1997], ©1997
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 0380973634
Branch Call Number: FICTION Gai
Characteristics: 337 pages ; 25 cm


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List - CRRL Picks: Urban Fantasy by: CRRLAdults Jul 10, 2014

When Londoner Richard Mayhew stops to help a young woman who lies beaten in the street, he gets thrust into an adventure that takes him into a new world: London Below.

A man goes to the aid of woman pursued by assassins and discovers an alternative City of London, a subterranean, medieval world populated by "people who fell through the cracks" from the real city above. A fantasy tale, replete with demons and wizards. (catalog description)

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Nov 06, 2014
  • Chapel_Hill_KenMc rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the creepiest and most imaginative dark fantasy novels you'll find. Gaiman is a master.

Oct 16, 2014

I enjoyed this book immensely but then I enjoy all Gaiman books.

Jul 18, 2014
  • msmigels rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A bit of mythology, fantasy, urban drama and a whole lot of London makes this book a funny, sad, witty and interesting read. The ending is both a terrific surprise and a perfectly logical culmination of the hero’s journey. I’ve never seen the British TV series that this is based on, and contrary to what I would think, this was a fantastic derivative work.

May 25, 2014
  • GregKush rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Very enjoyable book. Worth reading with a good set of characters and a rich world to explore. This is also a great 'first' book to read by Gaiman. I read "American Gods" first, which was a mistake as other books I've read since have suffered in comparison.

Feb 21, 2014
  • Indigo_Cobra_8 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

THIS BOOK IS FANTASTIC. <3 Yeah, the beginning is slow, but don't be fooled by the weird prologue. Personally, I got into it around page 30. The characters are interesting, the plot is full of twists, and Gaiman's dry humor brings the book to life.

Feb 01, 2014

I luv his other books, try interworld, the graveyard book, and others

Jul 05, 2013
  • pagetraveler rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

If you like Neil Gaiman's other work, such as American Gods or Graveyard Book, then this is a good choice!

Jun 22, 2013
  • ALloyd89 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I became interested in this novel after hearing a bit of the BBC radio series from earlier this year. (Now mind you, I didn't have a chance to finish the radio series.) I decided to check the book out, and wow! It's just as dark and thrilling as the radio series. It will pull you in and captivate you. I definitely recommend reading this!

Apr 29, 2013
  • wendynik rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

My first Gaiman and still my favorite.

Mar 28, 2013
  • bwortman rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Gaiman's fantasy alternate London is a brilliant and dark world that is at turns delightful and disgusting and at all times utterly fascinating. In some ways, Neverwhere is a dark take on Alice in Wonderland with Richard pulled into a strange world that almost never makes sense to him. With a riveting plot and detailed characters, there isn't anymore to ask for from this book. But Gaiman also adds in his tremendous way with words, his delight in playing with the English language, that is an extra bonus on an already delightful package.

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Jul 05, 2013
  • pagetraveler rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Another great story from Neil Gaiman. This one takes place in the Underworld of London.

Nov 12, 2012

When Richard Mayhew stops one day to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk, his life is forever altered, for he finds himself propelled into an alternate reality that exists in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations. He has fallen through the cracks of reality and has landed somewhere different, somewhere that is Neverwhere.


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Jul 05, 2013
  • pagetraveler rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The boy had the towering arrogance only seen in the greatest of artists and all nine-year-old boys.

Dec 17, 2012
  • LazyNeko rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

"You don't ask any questions. You don't get any answers. You don't stray from the path. You don't even think about what's happening to you right now. Got it?"


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Nov 12, 2012
  • Brenda74 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

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