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Richard Mayhew's life is forever changed after he rescues a young girl named Door and finds himself living in a city of monsters, saints, murderers, and angels, and he must help Door on her mission to save this strange underworld kingdom from destruction

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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.

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Richard Mayhew's life is forever changed after he rescues a young girl named Door and finds himself living in a city of monsters, saints, murderers, and angels, and he must help Door on her mission to save this strange underworld kingdom from destruction. 125,000 first printing. Tour.

Publisher: New York : Perennial, 2003
Edition: 1st Perennial ed
Description: 370 p. : map ; 21 cm
ISBN: 9780380973637
Branch Call Number: Gaim
Additional Contributors: Gaiman, Neil. Neverwhere


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I felt like I’d been on an extreme rollercoaster ride after reading this book. We follow Richard Mayhew, a very ordinary Englishman, until he suddenly falls through a crack into the alternate universe of London Below. He wanders the subterranean world of the London Underground where he meets up with some very frightening beings, but there is enough humour in this book to make even the darkest moments entertaining. I never knew what to expect or whether Mayhew would prevail against the dark forces right up until the end. The book is based on a six-part BBC TV series.

Gaiman is a witty and creative writer and I’ve enjoyed all of his books so far. However, Neverwhere is still my favourite.

Aug 07, 2018

I read this when I was supposed to be studying. No regrets. Don't even remember what the class was.

Jun 12, 2018

On his way to a formal engagement with his girlfriend, Richard is startled when a broken and bleeding form stumbles out of a doorway and collapses onto the London sidewalk in front of them. Though Jessica insists that they phone emergency services and be on their way, Richard hesitates and then decides to stay behind to assist the unresponsive woman, unaware that his sense of compassion will alter his life irrevocably going forward. He learns that there are two sides of London -- the unassuming city above, and the otherworldly London Below: an altered place, home to dangerously bizarre and curiously fantastic denizens, where the rules of everyday reality don't seem to apply.

'Neverwhere' was an intriguing read, though it didn't grip me quite as I'd hoped. I think because it feels sometimes that there is some crossover between urban fantasy and magical realism (which I struggle with), I find it more of a challenge to enjoy the experience fully.

Apr 19, 2018

I read this for the "A Book Set In A Country You Want To Visit" part of my 2018 reading challenge. I loved it, I love the idea of London Below and the floating market and all of the characters.

Jan 12, 2018

This story cracked me up! Definitely a good read!

May 21, 2017

Very clever! Story kept me engaged through the last pages. Many surprises. Stretches one's imagination of other realities blending with our own. Quite Glad I was reading a novel rather than watching a movie because there was substantial gore, creepiness, and the two assassins were beyond sinister and sickening in their gleeful anticipation of, and during the infliction of pain. I love it when a fantasy includes animals that can speak to humans.

Apr 19, 2017

It was a page turner. It was a good story. It was a fairy tale and the outcome was as expected.
Nothing outstanding.

MomoT Jan 11, 2017

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman has had an odd sort of genesis. It started out as a BBC mini-series, he then penned a novelisation and then that novel was the basis of the comics.

It's a rollicking good tale of a shady nether world below London involving magic, murder, revenge and the finding of courage. Made more enjoyable for me because I have lived in London.

Jan 09, 2017

Again, Neil Gaiman does it! Neverwhere was one of the most enjoyable reads I have read in the past ten years. I loved this book to pieces and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading. I would say it is a definite "must buy" for your collection if you have one; and a great start if you don't. It is not a "curl up by a nice fire and read" kind of book because it takes you on so many levels of emotions that your body will physically change positions during the course of the book. The most amazing thing about this book is that it is not even my favorite work of Gaiman's. We are in the midst of a living legend and he is, personally, my favorite author of our time. Not to say there hasn't been books I didn't like of his, but Neverwhere isn't one of them.

Nov 22, 2016

Though this is not the genre I tend to read I had to for a class. I thoroughly enjoyed the way he describes the setting and the characters. His setting is so well defined (at least for the Below London) that it is a character itself.

I'm a strong believer that if there are openings or holes in the story it should be filled before the end, the hardest part when this book ended is there were too many holes that weren't filled and I still had too many questions.

If you've never read a fantasy this is a great one to be the first. You'll appreciate the way his writing flows, his description of characters, and the many ways you are able to grow the world in your own mind with his guidance.

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Jul 24, 2016

"...I would hate to remove an option before it was necessary. Anyway death is so final, isn't it?"

Jun 21, 2016

"Have you ever got everything you ever wanted? And then realized it wasn't what you wanted at all?"......"I thought I wanted this," said Richard. "I thought I wanted a nice, normal life. I mean, maybe. But if this is all there is, then I don't want to be sane. You know?"

leah_p Mar 09, 2016

“Richard wrote a diary entry in his head.

Dear Diary, he began. On Friday I had a job, a fiancée, a home, and a life that made sense. (Well, as much as any life makes sense). Then I found an injured girl bleeding on the pavement, and I tried to be a Good Samaritan. Now I've got no fiancée, no home, no job, and I'm walking around a couple of hundred feet under the streets of London with the projected life expectancy of a suicidal fruitfly.”

Jul 05, 2013

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

Sep 21, 2011

"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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Jul 05, 2013

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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