1. Book Review of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman is a book threaded through with surprise and intrigue, detailing the curious events of a London below the streets of London: London Below.
Richard Mayhew is dumped by his fiancee after stopping to help an injured young tramp on the streets. When his friends forget his existence in a matter of hours, Richard discovers that the girl he helped is the charmingly peculiar Lady Door, royalty in London Below. It is because of this that the unlikely hero is catapulted into a city beneath his own that he never even knew existed, and with this an adventure.
The eccentric jumble of characters satisfy every need; ranging from a legendary Hunter named Hunter to the delightfully named angel, Inslington. (The entire book is composed of amusing references similar to this.) Other charcaters include the bargain-hunting Marquis de Carabas, and the two most deadliest cut-throats in the known universe: Mr Croup and Mr Vandemar. In short, the vast array of vibrant personalities bloom in resonating flowers from the page.
Neverwhere is an exciting, moving masterpiece from the pen of one of the greatest modern fantasy writers around. Overflowing with unexpected plot twists and rich, underlying metaphor, I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone who ever wondered whether there was something more to the world than what we know. 10/10!