Beware! Spoilers ahead!
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This is a tough one to review! I can’t say that I absolutely loved it (it’s not exactly my cup of tea…) but i have to admit that it is quite magnificent. It’s not fast paced, at least I didn’t think so, but I finished it fairly quickly. Neil Gaiman has this way of writing that I can’t exactly put my finger on. When I was describing this book to a friend, the closest example I could come up with is the feeling you get on one of those days, where you feel…brain dead. You’re not depressed or upset or happy or angry, your thoughts keep swirling around and around. I can’t find an adjective that appropriately describes this feeling. It’s as if his work gives me so many feelings that my brain and my heart don’t know which one to focus on first!
That’s not to say that the book was boring and left me with no feels (oh, I had plenty of those for the next few days!) but the way the emotions in the book were blended was absolutely spectacular! It’s one of the things that attracts me to Gaiman’s writing; when I read his work, the character’s emotions flow smoothly. It’s not a roller coaster ride - more like smooth sailing or cruising down a winding road. If you’re looking for a drama, this isn’t it. This is something much more that hits you much deeper.
I think above everything I enjoyed the bitter-sweet humor the most. The one liners, the well placed jokes… while reading, I felt as if I was side by side with Richard, walking in a foggy state - not quite believing what was happening. But in the end, I too would have chosen London Below.
I recommend Gaiman to everyone wanting to try something new. I don’t think I’ve ever encountered a style such as his. His work might be hard for some to get through (like i said, this wasn’t exactly my cup of tea, so it may not be someone elses) but if you’re looking to broaden your mind and literary exposure, Neverwhere is a good place to start.