Firstly to thank the lovely Alex Love (comedian) for getting me this book, I adored it. with Harry Potter, Stardust, adventure, fantasy, imagination. It was quite the page-turner. The characters were interesting and lovable. And my copy, in particular, is brilliant as it includes illustrations throughout by Chris Riddell (author of Goth Girl and Ottoline) which really help to capture the imagination that is Gaiman’s man.
Richard is a lovable and relatable character in a lot of ways, from the very beginning he was shown as a flawed character in the eyes of the norm and immediately become loved and respected the moment he met Door. Meanwhile Door was quite intriguing in herself, we find out very little about her throughout the story, but what we do find out only leads to more questions, for such a young character there is plenty of details for Gaiman to dive into in the second London Below book set to be released 2020 called The Seven Sisters. The Marquis was a wonderful character full of almost fatherly love for Door, and knowing from the beginning what would happen he prepared Old Bailey as he knew Door would still need him. Old Bailey himself I think was one of my favourite characters, with a coat of feathers and the general impression to everyone around him that he was slightly balmy. And for that reason I loved him. Angel Islington was quite a character in their self, full knowledge for thousands of years being lived.
The storyline itself was constantly interesting, with Gaiman not leaving a single moment to get bored with the novel. I enjoyed the parallels between the London Above and London Below, the imagination of Gaiman and his ability to describe settings that beautifully is exquisite. And along with all Riddell’s illustrations I became so engrossed in the book, I barely noticed that I read almost the entire book in one sitting.
A book I couldn’t put down with characters I couldn’t get enough of, I would recommend Neverwhere to anyone who loves fantasy or Neil Gaiman in particular.
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