Lauren Leto

Neverwhere

Posted in book porn by Lauren Leto on February 23, 2010

Ah, Neil Gaiman. Beloved Neil Gaiman. I am hesitant to call the dedication his fans show to him a “cult following” – I’d be better off going with “obsession”.

I follow Neil on twitter (@neilhimself), I’ve linked to tumblr blogs dedicated to him (here) and I’ve stereotyped him (here). I’m not quite obsessed though, as Neverwhere is the first novel of his that I’ve read. (I’ve read parts of the Sandman comic book series).

THEN, while Google searching Neverwhere, I come to find out that it was a television show written by Gaiman before Gaiman turned it into a book. So now, I feel like it’s a cop out that Neverwhere is the first Gaiman novel I’ve read, so I must read The Graveyard Book or something.

Neil Gaiman definitely plays the role of science-fiction writer

Anyways, now that I’m over the fact that in my head I kept thinking, “This would be a great movie” while reading Neverwhere, I did enjoy the book. It was a bit drawn out, especially with the Old Bailey stuff, but because he was transcribing television episodes into the book I can see why he did that.

Was it so amazing that I’m dying to read The Graveyard Book? No. But it was a good rest for my brain in between The Secret History and 100 Years. And I will read The Graveyard Book, eventually.

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  1. Jam said, on February 23, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    I didn’t know Neverwhere was a TV program, that explains some parts of the book.

    A buddy of mine would fit in the “obsession” category. The reverence he had for “Stardust” was excessive. I didn’t care too much for that book.

    “Good Omens” remains my favorite Gaiman book, but “American Gods” was probably the best topical title he’s written in my opinion.

  2. johan,karlskrona said, on February 26, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    American Gods is a masterpiece and Good Omens is hilarious. Anansi Boys is good, sort of in the vein of American Gods. Stardust is classic fairytale, though much better than the film. The Sandman saga is a must read, The Books of Magic is Harry Potter for grown ups, written long before Rowlings. Violent Cases is really good aswell.

  3. candice said, on February 27, 2010 at 10:36 am

    The Graveyard Book is a great read, but I would also suggest Coraline (another cop-out, but I read it before it was a movie and have been recommending it since). Also his short story collections Fragile Things and Smoke and Mirrors.


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