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Neverwhere from here, there and everywhere

Posted on: September 20, 2011

NeverwhereNeverwhere by Neil Gaiman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Neil Gaiman is a stunningly original writer at times and at times he’s quite pedestrian. For me his best work is still in his comics.

He gathers his ideas from many sources and half the pleasure of reading his works comes from appreciating his allusions. I can’t claim I get them all. In this one, the hoodlums Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar reminded me of the two thugs, Slugsy and Horror, who come calling on Vivienne Michel in The Spy Who Loved Me, one of the least-read James Bond novels. Does Neil really expect everyone to pick up on this? Hardly. But I suppose thugs like these crop up everywhere in fiction and films.

The playful treatment of London’s place names probably works best for those of us lucky enough to live in London. The grimy reality is so different from the fantastical images conjured up by the author’s imagination that we can’t help but be impressed.

Still, the novel was a bit of a slog in the middle section and the ideas seemed somewhat forced.

Vanessa Wu is the author of Love Has No Limits

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4 Responses to "Neverwhere from here, there and everywhere"

Neverwhere was my first Gaiman, and although it wasn’t perfect I’m happy I read it. It got me started on reading the rest of his books.

You are an amazing reviewer with excellent taste. I see you’ve started to review the Sandman series. Keep it up! I haven’t reviewed much science fiction so far. I have a couple of new ones coming up. I might write up some of the classics later if I don’t die of blogging fatigue. I see you like Robert Heinlein. Very interesting writer! Not afraid to include a little sensuality here and there. LOL!

*blush*, thanks! and I see we both have excellent tastes in wordpress themes. ;)

I feel bad that I lost interest in Gaiman’s Sandman, hopefully I’ll get back to it. If you’re feeling fatigued, take a break, read something totally different, or just do some fun posts.

I saw your guest review in Smart Bitches Trashy Books earlier today in my reader. Brilliant. I was agog. I just tried to go and leave a comment but the web site appears to be having problems.

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