Xalaila's book diary

I mostly post reviews of the books I'm reading lately.

Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman


"Under the streets of London there's a place most people could never even dream of. A city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, knights in armour and pale girls in black velvet. This is the city of the people who have fallen between the cracks."

The premise is simple: Richard Mayhew, normal person, helps a girl on the street and suddently finds himself sucked into London Below, fighting monsters, visiting Floating Markets, consorting with Hunters and angels.

Having listened to the BBC radio play a month or so ago, I thought I would enjoy this book a lot more than I actually did. Perhaps it was because I already knew the story that I didn't quite like it, but there was something about certain sentences and paragraphs that didn't quite convince me. The story flows but the writing... at times not so much.

That said, I read all of Islington's lines in Benedict Cumberbatch's voice, and Door was most definitely Natalie Dormer. Maybe I should have read it before listening to the play. Too late for that now.

Currently reading

Life and Letters of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, The
Florence A. Marshall
From the Ruins of Empire: The Revolt Against the West and the Remaking of Asia
Pankaj Mishra
Le Morte d'Arthur, Vol. 1
Thomas Malory, Janet Cowen, John Lawlor