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A Review of Sorts: 'Neverwhere' by Neil Gaiman

'Neverwhere' by Neil Gaiman; where to start? Over there, perhaps. I really enjoyed this book for lots of reasons. Firstly I loved the ambition of creating a tale using the Tube stations of the London Underground and the cracks in our own society as a source of inspiration. Homelessness, poverty, poor mental health and the underbelly of a rich world are hard places to be, and Gaiman makes a whole new world of it. I loved the idea. The world of Victorian sewers beneath our feet and glimpses of an old London as it used to be; older than Time itself, ghostly snapshots of the past that still exist; unseen. Echoes... Brilliant. And the ordinariness of the cast, particularly the hero. Richard M

The Zealot's Bones (by D.M. Mark)

Well this was a strange one for me. At times it dropped to a 2 star, then rose up to a 4 star and then ended overall as a 3 star for me. How to explain? At the beginning there was a bit too much 'tell' and not enough 'show'. This made the book difficult to read for me. It was kind of like being preached to by a preacher who desperately wants to be believed, but who isn't always convincing. But the writing was good, if bloody dark. Then when the 'show' took over it improved immensely. Although the dark continued. A bit too much at times. It didn't let up... I liked a couple of the characters - the main ones - Stone and Matheson; they grew on me. The plot was kind of obvious - bar the l

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