Three people have told me I write like Neil Gaiman. I can sort of see the similarities, but I can also see the differences. It feels like it’s a toss-up. That being said, this book has been on the bucket list for a while, so without further ado let’s get to it.
The book follows Richard Mayhew who saves a girl named Door. By doing that, somehow his existence is altered and nobody seems to know him. The only way people seem to remember him now is after he meets them in the fairy-tale world beneath London. It’s at this point that he embarks on a quest to get his old life back while keeping his sanity.
At first the book made me wonder if Richard was dreaming this up. Then I became convinced he wasn’t. Then at the end it had me wondering again. It seems like he probably wasn’t crazy since other characters such as Door and the Marquiz have their own sections, but there are tiny seeds of doubt.
Regardless, each of these characters is drawn well. I wouldn’t say they all had the same journey of change Richard had, at least not to the same extent, but their predicaments were well-portrayed. Compliments to Neil Gaiman’s ability to paint good character description. It’s what really made this book work.
Overall, this book gets a 3.5 out of 5 stars. Not worth a re-read, but still a good book.