Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

June 2003

Much like Perdido Street Station by China Mieville, this book promised a lot more than it ultimately delivered. The novel's premise - that beneath the streets of the normal "London Above" lies a dark, alternate "London Below" served by phantom Tube stations and populated with a host of fantastic characters - is a great one (at least for someone like me, who is fascinated both by tales of alternate realities and by the city of London itself and all the ways it can be portrayed in literature). Unfortunately, this novel takes an interesting idea and executes it in a decidedly average way. It's certainly not a terrible book, but it's nothing to write home about either.

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