Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman

 Under the streets of London there’s a world most people could never even dream of. A city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, and pale girls in black velvet. Richard Mayhew is a young businessman who is about to find out more than he bargained for about this other London. A single act of kindness catapults him out of his safe and predictable life and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and yet utterly bizarre. There’s a girl named Door, an Angel called Islington, an Earl who holds Court on the carriage of a Tube train, a Beast in a labyrinth, and dangers and delights beyond imagining… And Richard, who only wants to go home, is to find a strange destiny waiting for him below the streets of his native city.

I must have been brought up in some cave or something as I don’t think I’ve seen this on TV.  But having read and enjoyed the book I’ve brought the DVD of the TV series to watch.  Hope I’m not disappointed.  I love Neil’s writing style, the descriptions are so good it’s like I’m walking through London Below with them.  At the beginning I was a bit WTF as I didn’t really know what this book was about, but I’m pleased that I kept going and I did enjoy it.  It’s also funny.  Neil has an imagination I’m envious of, even if you’re not too familiar with London you’ll enjoy this book.  The book is so wonderfully written; the way he writes things without putting the reader off or making them feel like they’re wading through wordy descriptions is so refreshing. I’m making this my August book of the month.  Thoroughly recommend!

I was going to read Summon by Penelope Fletcher next but it isn’t available on kindle 😦 so I’m going to read the Freya North classic, Sally.

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