“I thought I wanted this. I thought I wanted a nice, normal life. I mean, maybe I am crazy. I mean, maybe. But if this is all there is, then I don’t want to be sane.”
Neverwhere, in its truest sense, is a science fiction adventure that lets you escape reality, enter a mysterious and mystifying London Below, and leave with a goofy, totally satisfied smile on your face.
You want to know how I discovered this gem? Being a total creeper. There was a kid sitting across from me on the train, and he was completely engulfed by this book. I mean, he was practically cradling it. No matter what obnoxious person bumped into him, no matter how loud the conductor bitched, his eyes never left the page. You could see the fascination on his face… I wanted it.
So, I sneaked a peak and stored the strange name in my mind: Neverwhere.
There is a comic and a short tv series of Neverwhere, but neither do it justice. I didn’t last more than a few seconds before I realized I didn’t want this wonderful world Neil Gaiman created in my mind to disappear or become tarnished. You see, Gaiman has the ability to let you see his words… He has the uncanny ability to use the perfect imagery for his readers, letting them see the characters and places through his eyes.
I’ll tell ya – ill never look at a door the same again. And now, I’ll leave you with my favorite quote from the novel, slightly adapted:
“Moments are meant to be experienced; waiting is a sin against both the time that is still to come and the moments one is currently disregarding”