If you’ve ever read anything by Neil Gaiman, and if you understand that this is the first book of his that I have read, then you probably already know everything I’m going to write here.
I picked up a copy of Neverwhere at my local library. I’m supposed to be cleaning out my bookshelves and reading all the numerous books I already have, but after I’d listened to his interview on The Tim Ferriss Show, I knew I needed to get a hold of one of his books.
I know, I know. I’m probably the only person who loves to read who hasn’t read any Neil Gaiman yet. Well, now I have, and I’m addicted.
Neverwhere tells the story of a man who has a very average and boring life when a pure accident leads him to discover just how much there is around him he’s been missing.
Gaiman doesn’t write books. He creates worlds that are bubbles adjacent to our own world, ones that we think we want to go to if only we were brave enough. He pulls the magic from the furthest reaches of our dreams and our childhoods and shows it to us, holding it up like a PSA poster reminding us to have a little bit of fantasy now and then because it’s good for us.
The descriptions, the characters, the plot. All of it is amazing. Normally, when I do book reviews, I say what I liked and what I didn’t like. There’s no way to categorize that for Neverwhere because I loved all of it. Even the parts that were a little bit uncomfortable because they were so real and visceral still demanded to be read.
I reserve my 5-star ratings for works that are truly mind-blowing or life-changing, for books that, when I close them at the end, make me think, “Oh, I wish I could have written that!” I give Neverwhere 5 big fat gold stars with the crispest points and the shiniest surfaces.
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Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois. She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University. Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keeping and The Graveside Detective. Her short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous. Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world. You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.
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