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by Neil Gaiman

Overall: 9
Readability: 10
Intelligence: 7

Richard Mayhew is a good man with a normal life, that is, until he stops to help a bleeding woman on the street. He is then propelled into a dark underground world in an attempt to regain his normal life. This book kept me absolutely enthralled. Give it a few chapters and I'm sure you'll get hooked as well. A simple and well crafted fantasy novel that shows you what happens when people slip through the cracks. Gaiman is imaginative and inventive, especially in his brilliant realization of London Below, a world in which reality is skewed and dangerous (I've never been to London, but it seems like the Neil took some sarcastic liberties with Geography). The story is darkly fun, with characters ranging from the wickedly witty villains to the not-quite-hero protagonist of Richard Mayhew. A good supporting cast is also thrown in, especially the Marquis de Carabas, whose arrogant scheming is quite entertaining. All in all, an extremely entertaining and easy to read work.

Links: Buy it here!
Neverwhere: Very small, but quite significant page.
Neverwhere: IMDB page for the mini-series
The Dreaming: A Neil Gaiman Page

Page 326 - Richard: "Don't do it. Don't set it free. We don't matter."
Marquis de Carabas: "Actually, I matter very much. But I have to agree. Don't do it."
Page ? - Richard had noticed that events were cowards: they didn't occur singly, but instead they would run in packs and leap out at him all at once.

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