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Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
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Aug 01, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: fantasy, fiction, adult
Read in August, 2008

Excellent story. At first, the story description didn't really grab me, being a story where a person from the "real" world gets sucked into a co-existing fantasy world, a story line that is getting a little old, but going on good faith that Neil Gaiman would write a stand up story was a fruitful assumption. A story that is set in a world that plays on the London Underground system is a lot of fun, especially in that it creates a diversity of characters and challenges, each that more real than either fantasy or reality. It really has this wonderful earthy, primal quality to the story where it's a sort of timeless, universal story. The hero goes out into the world and does stuff, ultimately trying to get home, although you'll need to read it to see how that turns out. The otherworld that is reduced/reconstituted/reenvisioned with a darker colour scheme parallels the real world in a way that is magical in essence, but not at all of the fairy, spells, and elves type.

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