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Neverwhere (French Edition) (original 1996; edition 2011)

by Neil Gaiman

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Title:Neverwhere (French Edition)
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Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (1996)

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    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (souloftherose)
    souloftherose: Although Neverwhere and The Hitchhiker's Guide (THHG) are different genres (the first is urban fantasy, the second comic science-fiction) I felt there was a lot of similarity between the characters of Richard Mayhew (in Neverwhere) and Arthur Dent (in THHG). Both are a kind of everyman with whom the reader can identify and both embody a certain 'Britishness'. And they're both stonkingly good books by British authors.… (more)
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    American Gods by Neil Gaiman (WilliamPascoe)
    WilliamPascoe: Phenominally brilliant fantasy .
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    Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman (elbakerone)
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    Kraken: An Anatomy by China Miéville (fugitive)
    fugitive: Another urban fantasy vision of London.
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    Un Lun Dun by China Miéville (elbakerone, ahstrick)
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    Good Omens by Terry Pratchett (Pigletto)
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    Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch (riverwillow)
    riverwillow: Both 'Neverwhere' and 'Rivers of London' (US title 'Midnight Riot') evoke a magical fairy tale London which sometimes feels more authentic then any real life guide to the city.
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    Gloriana by Michael Moorcock (ed.pendragon)
    ed.pendragon: Both fantasy titles explore the seedy underbelly of London, one in Tudor times, the other more recently in London Below.
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    Something From The Nightside by Simon R. Green (Phantasma)
    Phantasma: The nightside novels are a little darker, but if you like the ideas presented in Neverwhere, you'll most likely enjoy the Nightside (actually, I prefer the Nightside and it's gritty dark humor).
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    The Good Fairies of New York by Martin Millar (themephi)
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    The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett (derelicious)
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    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking-Glass and Alice's Adventures Under Ground by Lewis Carroll (sturlington)
    sturlington: Neverwhere is a lot like a grown-up's Wonderland, and the two stories have a similar, surrealistic feel.
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    The High House (Aspect Fantasy) by James Stoddard (PitcherBooks)
    PitcherBooks: Both books have a wonderfully eerie claustrophobic mythic fantasy otherworld through which the hero/heroines must journey. And both are five star books. High House predates Neverwhere.
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    Gog by Andrew Sinclair (ed.pendragon)
    ed.pendragon: Fantasy mixing late 20th century London with fairytale, myth and menace.
  19. 10
    King Rat by China Miéville (MyriadBooks)
    MyriadBooks: For vanishing within the shadows of the city.
  20. 10
    Whispers Under Ground by Ben Aaronovitch (Jannes)
    Jannes: For all your "supernatural secrets in the London underground"-needs.

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Set aside in favor of watching the BBC mini-series on Hulu. Gaiman's only a mediocre prose-man, so the nifty visuals, great British character actors, and Brian Eno score (!) make this a much better experience as a TV show. ( )
  CSRodgers | Jul 13, 2014 |
This is a very solid book. Although the back cover describes it as a modern day Alice in Wonderland, I'd posit it is much closer to the Wizard of Oz. But in this case this is a boy, who really isn't all that bright, or brave, or really helpful at all...but he is able at a few moments to make himself worthy of this quest.

This is definitely a worthy read! Recommend! ( )
  csweder | Jul 8, 2014 |
This is a very solid book. Although the back cover describes it as a modern day Alice in Wonderland, I'd posit it is much closer to the Wizard of Oz. But in this case this is a boy, who really isn't all that bright, or brave, or really helpful at all...but he is able at a few moments to make himself worthy of this quest.

This is definitely a worthy read! Recommend! ( )
  csweder | Jul 8, 2014 |
Richard Mayhew leads an ordinary life. He works, he has a fiancee (who is really kind of a bitch) and, as it turns out, he's something of a Good Samaritan. But he knows nothing about the world underneath his feet - none of us do. That is, until he stumbles across (literally) a young woman bleeding in the street. His fiancee, Jessica, urges Richard to keep walking; they are already late for their dinner appointment with Jessica's boss, and she doesn't have time to help the girl. But Richard can't so easily walk away. In the face of a threat of the end of the engagement and relationship, Richard scoops the woman up in his arms and carries her home to his apartment. The next day, his whole world will turn on its head.

As a result of his action in helping Door, the young woman on the street, Richard has become a nobody. He is forced to find refuge in a world he never knew existed - the London below the "London Above." Richard seeks out Door for her help in getting his life back and joins her on a journey to discover who is hunting her and who killed those who mattered most to Door. In exchange, Richard hopes to regain his life in London Above. But, when the time comes, can you really go home again?

This is actually the second time I tried reading [b:Neverwhere|14497|Neverwhere|Neil Gaiman|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1348747943s/14497.jpg|16534]. The first time, I didn't get more than 60 pages and I simply returned it to the library. This time, prompted by the fact that it's the January book club selection, I made it through. At first, I still wasn't all that grabbed by the story, the characters, or the writing. I'll admit, the setting is intriguing. A London beneath London . . . it tickled an urge to read more about the history of London - something I've been vaguely interested in to this point, but never interested enough to pursue. And I did enjoy how author Neil Gaiman wove together the stories of each character. It's done very well - little hints and bits of information that fuel a reader's curiosity and sense of adventure and mystery. Overall, I'm glad I pursued reading it again and made it through all the way.

3 stars. ( )
  Jenna.Czaplewski | Jul 3, 2014 |
Under the streets of London there's a place, really another city. A city of monsters, saints, murderers, angels, knights in armor and pale girls in black velvet. This is the city of those who have fallen between the cracks. This is the premise of the Neil Gaiman book Neverwhere. Richard Mayhew, an ordinary young man working in London, with a fiance, Jessica, a small apartment and a rather boring life, finds himself there—because of a single act of kindness. After he helps a girl, Door, Richard finds that no one can see him or hear him, they've removed his desk at work and are renting out his apartment while he's in the bath. Jessica can't remember his name. The only thing left for him to do is seek out Door in London Below and somehow get his life back. Along the way Richard gets caught up in Door’s mission to find out why her family was murdered and who wants her dead. I found that this book to be a modern day, darker version of “Alice in Wonderland.” A perfectly normal person dealing with complete strangeness all around him—and really all he wanted was to get his life back. Great fantasy, wonderful sense of humor, full of adventure, horror and a little romance. Not my favorite Neil Gaiman (that is still the Graveyard Book), but still a joy to read. 4 ½ out of 5 stars. ( )
  marsap | Jun 11, 2014 |
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Gaiman blends history and legend to fashion a traditional tale of good versus evil, replete with tarnished nobility, violence, wizardry, heroism, betrayal, monsters and even a fallen angel. The result is uneven. His conception of London Below is intriguing, but his characters are too obviously symbolic (Door, for example, possesses the ability to open anything). Also, the plot seems a patchwork quilt of stock fantasy images. Adapted from Gaiman's screenplay for a BBC series, this tale would work better with fewer words and more pictures.
added by Shortride | editPublishers Weekly (May 19, 1997)
 
The novel is consistently witty, suspenseful, and hair-raisingly imaginative in its contemporary transpositions of familiar folk and mythic materials (one can read Neverwhere as a postmodernist punk Faerie Queene). Readers who've enjoyed the fantasy work of Tim Powers and William Browning Spencer won't want to miss this one. And, yes, Virginia, there really are alligators in those sewers--and Gaiman makes you believe it.
added by Shortride | editKirkus Reviews
 
The millions who know The Sandman, the spectacularly successful graphic novel series Gaiman writes, will have a jump start over other fantasy fans at conjuring the ambience of his London Below, but by no means should those others fail to make the setting's acquaintance. It is an Oz overrun by maniacs and monsters, and it becomes a Shangri-La for Richard. Excellent escapist fare.
added by Shortride | editBooklist, Ray Olson
 
Gaiman's gift for mixing the absurd with the frightful give this novel the feeling of a bedtime story with adult sophistication. Readers will find themselves as unable to escape this tale as the characters themselves.
added by Shortride | editLibrary Journal
 

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Epigraph
I have never been to St. John's Wood. I dare not. I should be afraid of the innumerable night of fir trees, afraid to come upon a blood red cup and the beating of the wings of the Eagle.
--The Napoleon of Notting Hill, G. K. Chesterton
If ever though gavest hosen or shoon
Then every night and all
Sit thou down and put them on
And Christ receive thy soul

This aye night, this aye night
Every night and all
Fire and fleet and candlelight
And Christ receive thy soul

If ever thou gavest meat or drink
Then every night and all
The fire shall never make thee shrink
And Christ receive thy soul

--The Lyke Wake Dirge (traditional)
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For Lenny Henry, friend and colleague, who made it happen all the way; and Merrilee Heifetz, friend and agent, who makes everything good.
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The night before he went to London, Richard Mayhew was not enjoying himself.
She had been running for four days now, a harum-scarum tumbling flight through passages and tunnels.
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"It starts with doors."
"You've a good heart," she told him. "Sometimes that's enough to see you safe wherever you go." Then she shook her head. "But mostly, it's not."
There are four simple ways for the observant to tell Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar apart: first, Mr. Vandemar is two and a half heads taller than Mr. Croup; secnod, Mr. Croup has eyes of a faded china blue, while Mr. Vandemar's eyes are brown; third, while Mr. Vandemar fashioned the rings he wears on his right hand out of the skulls of four ravens, Mr. Croup has no obvious jewelry; fourth, Mr. Croup likes words, while Mr. Vandemar is always hungry. Also, they look nothing at all alike.
He continued, slowly, by a process of osmosis and white knowledge (which is like white noise, only more useful)...
It was a good place, and a fine city, but there is a price to be paid for all good places, and a price that all good places have to pay.
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Neverwhere is the story of Richard Mayhew and his adventures through London. At the start of the story, he is a young businessman, with a normal life. All this changes, however, when he stops to help a mysterious young girl who appears before him, bleeding and weakened, as he walks with his fiancée to dinner to meet her influential boss.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0060557818, Paperback)

Neverwhere's protagonist, Richard Mayhew, learns the hard way that no good deed goes unpunished. He ceases to exist in the ordinary world of London Above, and joins a quest through the dark and dangerous London Below, a shadow city of lost and forgotten people, places, and times. His companions are Door, who is trying to find out who hired the assassins who murdered her family and why; the Marquis of Carabas, a trickster who trades services for very big favors; and Hunter, a mysterious lady who guards bodies and hunts only the biggest game. London Below is a wonderfully realized shadow world, and the story plunges through it like an express passing local stations, with plenty of action and a satisfying conclusion. The story is reminiscent of Douglas Adams's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, but Neil Gaiman's humor is much darker and his images sometimes truly horrific. Puns and allusions to everything from Paradise Lost to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz abound, but you can enjoy the book without getting all of them. Gaiman is definitely not just for graphic-novel fans anymore. --Nona Vero

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After he helps a stranger on a London sidewalk, Richard Mayhew discovers an alternate city beneath London, and must fight to survive if he is to return to the London he knew.

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