Neverwhere (CBR5 #21)

I have never read what I suppose is classified as Urban Fantasy and Neverwhere was a great introduction to it. I wouldn’t have picked up the book if not for the BBC4 radio version last year. I listened to the episodes before bed each night but missed the finale. Interested to see how the story ended I picked it up from the library.

I’m in a bit of a reader’s slump. I have picked up two books, read about 50 pages, and returned them to the library – unfinished. (Those were Gone Girl and Wise Men, both of which I’m planning to get back to at some point this year.) I haven’t posted a review in a month and I struggled my way through Neverwhere, which like the other two is absolutely well written. Gaiman has an interesting and intriguing voice and I was happy to spend hours with Door and Richard and the assorted characters that filled the worlds of London Above and London Below.  It was just a slow slog, for me personally.

I am not the first person to review Neverwhere for CBR5, and there isn’t much to add to those reviews. But if you are new to the genre and enjoyed Gaiman’s episodes of Doctor Who, then I can wholeheartedly suggest this book to you.  Just make sure you’re ready for this strangely dark adventure.