Author: Neil Gaiman
Series: London Below #1
Genre(s): Fantasy, Adult
For: Book Club
Under the city of London, there exists a world where those with special powers live--people like Door who have the ability to open doors to different realms, the rat-speakers, and other interesting people and mythological creatures. London Below is also home to those from the above world who've fallen through the cracks and no longer exist in the eyes of London Above. Richard Mayhew, an aloof businessman, has discovered what it means to become invisible to everyone he knows and must find a way to set things right, even if it means helping the person who put him in this predicament in the first place.
I’m not quite sure what I was expecting when I picked up Neverwhere but it’s not what I read. I felt like I was reading a story about the sewer mutants under New New York in Futurama, just with the addition of assassins, vampiric-like creatures, and angels in the story, which truth be told, could happen in Futurama. London Below also was nothing like I imagined it’d be. I thought it’d be more magical, beautiful, and clean; instead, it was just the sewer systems with a few interesting quirks. I was really disappointed with that aspect of the story.
I did like the characters a lot, even though the main character, Richard Mayhew, was the only one fleshed out completely. I especially liked seeing Richard grow from a scared person from London Above into someone who could handle his own among the supernatural in London Below. Door was nice too, but I wanted more character development. The Marquis de Carabas was my favorite character; I enjoyed his shenanigans and how he always seemed to have a trick up his sleeve.View Spoiler »I think I would’ve liked the story more if Richard had kissed Door before he left London Below to return home. I didn’t mind the lack of romance throughout the book, but he thought about kissing her enough that I think he should’ve before he left. « Hide Spoiler
Anyway, even though I was disappointed with some aspects of the story, I still enjoyed others. I’m glad I read Neverwhere and will read Neil Gaiman again.