This is the final Mash for me. I have really enjoyed them, but I am discovering I have plenty of content to cover without committing to a midweek post. They have been super fun, and I love the interaction, but my schedule is stretched at this point and I find myself struggling. And we all know that is no good. It is in fact counterproductive. So I am wrapping up this final Mash with a mini review and a quote. I will continue to post Sunday Sum-ups as always 🙂
Neverwhere (Author’s Preferred Text)
By Neil Gaiman
Publisher: William Morrow
The #1 New York Times bestselling author’s ultimate edition of his wildly successful first novel featuring his “preferred text”—and including the special Neverwhere tale, How the Marquis Got His Coat Back.
Published in 1997, Neil Gaiman’s darkly hypnotic first novel,Neverwhere, heralded the arrival of this major talent and became a touchstone of urban fantasy. Over the years, a number of versions were produced both in the U.S. and the U.K. Now, this author’s preferred edition of his classic novel reconciles these versions and reinstates a number of scenes cut from the original published books.
Neverwhere is the story of Richard Mayhew, a young London businessman with a good heart and an ordinary life, which is changed forever when he is plunged through the cracks of reality into a world of shadows and darkness—the Neverwhere. If he is ever to return to the London Above, Richard must join the battle to save this strange underworld kingdom from the malevolence that means to destroy it.
My “mini” Review:
I am not exactly sure where to start with this one. It has been on my “to read” list for years.. and I am ashamed of that fact. Fantasy is my favourite genre and this is a big, beautiful, heaping slice of it at it’s finest. It is after all, Neil Gaiman. How did this fall through the cracks!? The hell if I know!
Our main character is a poor sap of a man with little in the way of courage or wit, that finds himself having fallen between the cracks into the dark and fantastical London Below. Accompanied by several shady and eccentric individuals (Gaiman truly is best with eccentricity), he finds himself following the young Lady Door who is seeking answers to the death of her family, while hoping he finds his way back to London Above.
The setting is dark (as is the story), but not without an odd charm. There is something strangely inviting about the Below and its peculiar inhabitants. The plot moves at a somewhat slow, but steady pace that seems to support the atmosphere of this mysterious and twisted tale. This feels like urban fantasy in its most shining form. Gaiman’s ability to give life to pages with uncanny humor and a distinguishable bit of cleverness have prevailed once again. A good thing it is as well, because he has managed to set the bar extremely high for himself and others. Neverwhere is a reminder of that fact.
4 big, fat, shining stars and a solid recommendation!
Is it odd if I state I may have just fallen deeper in love with Neil Gaiman?
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I was recently nominated by TheBookCorps (please visit this great blog if you have not!) for the 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge. I have already participated but thought this would be a perfect opportunity to say thank you for the acknowledgment and bid farewell to the Mash in perfect reader style. So here you have it!