Seriously, though. This is a fantastic fantasy novel by a fantastic fantasy writer. While from a very general perspective the story isn’t entirely new (ordinary guy saves strange girl and is pulled into much-less-than ordinary world where he goes through a lot of struggles physically, emotionally and mentally and comes out as a hero), the setting and the characters are completely original and fresh and exciting. The way that Neil Gaiman describes everything is amazing; he has a gift with imagery. His depiction of London Below, an alternate city below the British capitol, is vivid, dark and entirely captivating. He uses metaphors that are very original but also make a lot of sense; they make you tilt your head and go, “huh, that’s exactly what it looks like! Why didn’t I think of putting it that way before?”
So, if you enjoy fantasy books and are ready for a twist on the typical fairy tale, this is the book for you. The world Gaiman creates is dark and mysterious, but by the end of the book you wish it really existed… and you’re not entirely sure that it doesn’t. His characters are creative and complicated, ranging from heroic to harmless and from comic to downright demonic. And once you’re finished you’ll never think of doors the same way again!
Your avid reader,
PS: If you have interest in the fine arts, here’s an awesome speech Neil Gaiman gave at a graduation ceremony. He talks about being a creative artist, and he says some very profound and also humorous things. Check it out!