Reviews of Neverwhere (1997)
Review by Beaver (2011-01-12)
Neverwhere is kind of a mix of Dickens and Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, but not as interesting, deep or funny. It's an interesting ideas and it's a readable story, but I don't think the execution was that good. The plot never really pulled me in and I thought the characters were shallow and not too interesting. 6/10
Review by Non (2004-12-14)
Gaiman creates a very vivid and almost believable sub-world, living in an intangable sybiosis with a modern day London. This novel is a quick romp in a unique magical-fiction universe with lovable characters.
I was a little disapointed with the premise for the adventure but the story more than makes up for it with its descriptive environments and clever characters.
[Overall Rating: 7/10]
Review by Zacynthus (2004-03-15)
This is one of my favourite books. It is enagaging and humourous and at times rather scary. Neverwhere is the novel that made Gaiman famous as a novelist rather than a graphic novel writer. It is a great read for anyone who enjoys fanatsy.
Review by jemany (2003-07-04)
I've already read some of Neil Gaiman's work before Neverwhere, and Iím sort of glad I had. It feels a bit unpolished compared to some of the rest, and I didnít like it as much as American Gods (the progression between the two is very marked) or most of the stories in Smoke and Mirrors. I still enjoyed it but thereís something about it that left me feeling a little unsatisfied. Thereís no lack of originality and imagination, of course, as is always the case with Gaiman, the characters are enjoyable for the most part and there are some really funny moments. I guess it feels a little like a short story which happens to be a novel. The plot is pretty straight forward and there was never any real mystery to it in my opinion. I presume that the twists are meant to be a surprise but none of them was very much. Thereís also a certain feeling of cliche to the way the characters behave and the ideas put forth through the story. I feel like itís telling me things Iíve heard plenty of times before.
I know all that seems very critical, but I did enjoy the book really. Itís got good writing, and is consistently witty and droll if not overtly humourous, the characters are enjoyable although not terribly well developed for the most part, and the plot is interesting but not difficult. The high point really is the world created as a backdrop and the characters who inhabit it, not the story itself. All that said, itís a good enjoyable book and well worth a read.
Review by LJOL (2003-07-01)
Neverwhere is one of my favorite books. Gaiman is a master author and he has imagination enough for ten men. Neverwhere is one of his best books and even though you will go through it fast you will find yourself thinking about it a week after you've finished reading it. The story is great and his characters are fantastic. After you have read this novel you will find yourself wanting more from Gaiman and in that case i will give you some recomendations. American Goods and Stardust. Then you can read Sandman, Smoke and mirrors, Good Omens (w/ Terry Pratchet) and Coraline (wich i haven't read yet). I guarantee that you will not regret reading this novel, or any other novel by Neil Gaiman.