Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
“He had noticed that events were cowards: they didn’t occur singly, but instead they would run in packs and leap out at him all at once”
I like to think that my blogs help authors promote their books, and of course give me a creative outlet. Mr Gaiman kills that. When the author writes something as simply perfect as this what’s the point?! You don’t need blogs to promote this kind of genius, a couple of quotes will do.
This is urban fantasy that sets out to delight, bewitch and scare you. It succeeds. It’s a kind of gender inversed Alice in Wonderland for jaded grown ups. If you love London then it’s for you. And if you’ve never ventured here, then you’ll see things the Londoner misses.
“Young man,” he said, “understand this: there are two Londons. There’s London Above – that’s where you lived – and then there’s London Below – the Underside – inhabited by the people who fell through the cracks in the world. Now you’re one of them. Good night“
For all the fabulous characters what sung to me was the perfection of London for an urban fantasy. I won’t look at Harrods quite the same again or Earl’s Court.
When fantasy is this fantastic do you worry about the “meaning” or do you just enjoy? I decided to wallow in it. Completely, I was like huge whale feasting on a swarm of krill. Even at the end I could have had more. What’s it really all about? I’m not actually sure, but when it’s this well written who cares?!
The other issue with Neil Gaiman’s writing is you realise you’ve not read enough of it. So, less with the blogs and more with the reading.