As long as I'm going to London, I need to brush up on my London geography, right? Well, how about my fictional London Below geography? It's a long time since I read Neverwhere.
Richard Mayhew is your average British schlub guy, much like Arthur Dent, but the thing about Richard is that he is kind. When he trips over an injured girl while on his way to a socially important occasion with his fiancée, he chooses to help the girl--and soon finds that his ordinary life has evaporated. He's now an unwilling, bewildered denizen of London Below, where all the forgotten things fall and monsters lurk in the dark.
This was Neil Gaiman's first novel, and it didn't start off as a novel at all. First, it was a BBC mini-series on TV, and aired in 1996. I've seen it, but it's been a very long time, and now I want to watch it again. Gaiman then turned it into a novel, which has been through a few different incarnations too--my version is the first one, so now I'm wondering what was added. Then a comic series was inspired by the novel, there were several stage versions, and a radio dramatization came out a couple of years ago which made quite a splash. Thus, Neverwhere is Gaiman's Hitchhicker's Guide.
|Lots of interesting covers; I like this one|
It's a great classic of dark Gaiman fantasy, so don't miss it.
|All-star cast of 2013 radio drama|