• Paperback: 464 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (June 7, 2016)
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 special Neverwhere tale, “How the Marquis Got His Coat Back”
Published in 1997, Neverwhere heralded the arrival of a major talent and became a touchstone of urban fantasy. Over the years, a number of versions were produced both in the U.S. and the U.K. Now Gaiman’s preferred edition of his classic novel reconciles these works and reinstates a number of scenes cut from the original published books.
Richard Mayhew is a young London businessman with a good heart whose life is changed forever when he stops to help a bleeding girl—an act of kindness that plunges him into a world he never dreamed existed. Slipping through the cracks of reality, Richard lands in Neverwhere—a London of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth. Neverwhere is home to Door, the mysterious girl Richard helped in the London Above. Here in Neverwhere, Door is a powerful noblewoman who has vowed to find the evil agent of her family’s slaughter and thwart the destruction of this strange underworld kingdom. If Richard is ever to return to his former life and home, he must join Lady Door’s quest to save her world—and may well die trying.
Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Neverwhere: The Authors’s Preferred Text by Neil Gaiman. I would like to send a huge thank you to the author, TLC Book Tours and the publisher William Morrow for giving me the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review of it.
Truth be told I have heard of Neil Gaiman and Neverwhere before. Though I still consider myself to be pretty new to Neil Gaiman’s work, I have wanted to read this book for a very, very long time so when I had the chance to read this version I jumped at it. I was pretty intrigued by the fact that this is the story the way the author prefers to tell it. That being said, if you have read and experienced Neverwhere before this is probably different from what you read before as it has been changed by the author in a few ways to tell the story the way he ultimately intended to. After reading this version, I wish that I had read the first one just so I could compare and contrast the differences between the two.
It is about a young man, Richard Mayhew, whom moves to London to take a new job. He ends up encountering a bleeding, hurt girl named Door and stops to help her. Having helped her he becomes part of another world, the London Below where people have been forgotten and quite literally have fallen through the cracks of the London Above. This London Below is dark, dangerous, fantastical and has far different rules than the London above. Not having anywhere to go he joins Door in her quest to find the person responsible for the death of her family.
I have read one other book from Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and I loved it. This book was no different in that respect, I ended up really loving and enjoying this book. Although I have heard of it before and added it to my TBR list ages ago, I was never spoiled for this book…fortunately. I loved following the story as it unfolded. This book to me was magical, I got lost in it. I got lost in the gritty, dark feel of the underground and the dangers that seemingly lurked around the corners. I loved the writing – it was descriptive and beautiful. I had a clear picture in my mind the entire time of the people and the places.
I loved all the characters, creepy and good. While Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar were super creepy, I loved their creepiness in relation to the story. They terrified me. I loved the hunter and Richard and Door. I just thought everyone was really memorable and fleshed out really well. One of my favorite things in this book was the use of foreshadow and of course, all the fantastical elements. It’s just an intriguing concept of having this whole other world, events and lives existing beneath and even within our own. It’s definitely a more than meets the eye type story and I loved it and devoured it. There was a delicious element of danger throughout that kept me flying through the story. I also found myself eager to just keep encountering things and exploring this world. It was wonderful and I highly recommend to fantasy fans especially fans of darker fantasy stories. Five stars and this book has earned a place on my favorites shelf! Now I need to go on reading more Neil Gaiman!
About Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, Anansi Boys, The Graveyard Book, Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains; the Sandman series of graphic novels; and the story collections Smoke and Mirrors, Fragile Things, and Trigger Warning. He is the winner of numerous literary honors, including the Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards, and the Newbery and Carnegie Medals. Originally from England, he now lives in the United States. He is Professor in the Arts at Bard College.