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Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
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Feb 09, 12

bookshelves: fantasy, literature, science-fiction

Ten pages into American Gods I thought Neil Gaiman to be the smartest, slickest and wittiest novelist working today. By novel’s end I knew this to be true. Discovering Gaiman was like discovering hidden treasure buried beneath the flotsam of attic debris. Having never heard of him I grabbed the book from the bookshelf out of boredom. The experience was far from boring. Gaiman is the novelist I have always dreamed of being.

Having gone back to an earlier work, Neverwhere, I have abandoned all hope of every writing anything so worthy. This book is fabulous in every way. It is dark, witty, surreal and hopefully whimsical even as it gives us the occasional creeps. We are lucky to have access to Neil Gaiman’s deep and preternaturally fertile imagination. It’s hard not to formulate post modern steampunk Alice in Wonderland comparisons. But, that has already been done and hardly does this work justice. Just read it if you haven’t already.

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Jill Yes. Neverwhere is my favorites of his books.


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