Richard Mayhew is a well meaning man. Though he doesn’t stand out much, and is very much as ordinary as any human being, he tries to do what is right. So when he ditches his plans with his fiancee to help a complete stranger, his act of kindess takes him deeper than he’d ever imagined- into a competely different London, with rat-speakers, a floating market, and a couple of assassins who mean to kill him and his new and peculiar friends. In this dangerous underside of London, Richard has to come to terms with who he is, and what he needs to do to survive.
Personal Take: I love, love Gaiman’s writing style. If anyone could pull of such a creative idea, it’s him. The characters are wonderful and quirky. Even though the whole premise of Richard is being an ordinary guy, he was fun to read about, and so were all the other characters. The world of London Below was amazing too. Such a tricky, intricate story, and Gaiman managed to give us enough for a great adventure.
In his intro note, Gaiman wrote that he might write another book about the Neverwhere world, and I hope he does it some day, because this has made it onto my top favorite reads.
Audience: Adults who enjoy a weird urban fantasy and British humor.
Other recommendations: I’ve read and reviewed Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter. I’ve already read and loved American Gods and Anansi Boys.