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Neverwhere Read Along, Week Three

For the final week of the Neverwhere group read, Carl has decided to ask readers for our free-form thoughts on the book and its conclusion rather than a series of questions and answers.

As I’ve said before, I was aware of who Neil Gaiman was before I stumbled across a paperback copy of Neverwhere many years ago.   Friends had recommended his Sandman comics to me and he wrote a couple of episodes for the final season of Babylon Five.   And while I hadn’t read Sandman yet (the price point of entry was a bit high for me and my local library wasn’t circulating graphic novels at the time.  This has since changed and I’ve got Sandman on my list of things I need to read the entire run of before I shuffle off this mortal coil), it was Neverwhere that provided me with a more affordable and accessible entry point into the world of Gaiman’s writing.  So for that alone, I’m grateful because it’s Neverwhere that introduced me to one of my favorite authors.

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Neverwhere Read Along, Week Two

I’m a bit late on this week’s installment of the Neverwhere read-along.  I blame a long holiday weekend and my becoming consumed by the legal thriller, Defending Jacob.

But better late than never, I suppose.  This week’s installment of the read-along covers chapters six through twelve.   The discussion questions are courtesy of Carl over at Stainless Steel Droppings and if you want to hear/read others’ responses, he’s got a full list of other participants there.

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Neverwhere Read-Along, Week One

Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar. Image found Here

While I was aware of Neil Gaiman before the publication of Neverwhere, it was Neverwhere that turned me into a fan.  I picked up a copy of the book when it was first published in paperback a couple of years ago and was utterly absorbed by it.

At the time, I didn’t know Neverwhere was similar to another favorite work of mine, Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.  Hitcherhiker’s started out as a radio show before Adams adapted it to the printed page.  Neverwhere was a six-episode BBC serial before Gaiman adapted it in print form.  Ironically, my vast knowledge of Doctor Who won me a copy of Neverwhere many, many moons ago in my only DragonCon attendance.*

*I keep wanting and meaning to go back, but that weekend is usually the kick-off of college football.  And I love college football and am so eager to kick back and watch hours and hours of it that first weekend that I find it hard to tear myself away to enjoy catching up with fellow fans of the genre.   

I’ve re-read Neverwhere a couple of times since that first reading and I’ve always enjoyed it.    And it’s been a while since I viewed the television version, though my biggest impression walking away was you could almost hear Gaiman saying, “I’ll improve this a lot more when the only budget limitation is my reader’s imagination.”  Not that the series is terrible mind you.  In fact, I plan to revisit it at some point this summer (probably once this read-along is concluded).

All of that is a long-winded way of introducing the latest read-along I’m joining.  Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings is hosting a Neverwhere read-along.   Today’s read-along covers the Prologue through Chapter Five in the book.    If you’ve not read the novel, there will be SPOILERs ahead.  And if you haven’t, it’s one I highly recommend. It’s not the best Gaiman, but it’s a sentimental favorite for me.

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