Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

I have literally just finished reading Neverwhere, a book that was recommended to me three years ago that I never got round to but always remembered and boy do I wish i’d finished it earlier. The book had me hook, line and sinker drawn into the story and characters and I just love the way Neil Gaiman writes his stories.

What is the Story?

The story of Neverwhere revolves around the (rather mundane) life of Richard Mayhew in Central London, one night he is out with his fiance and Door, a young girl, falls into his path covered in blood clearly hurt and despite his fiances urges to leave her be Richard feels compelled to help the girl and so leaves his fiance to her evening while he takes Door back to his apartment to help her. Little does he know that he’s now tangeled himself in with those of the other London, the people that fall through the cracks. He must join Door and her comrades including the Marquis de Carabas and the Hunter in an adventure to escape the clutches of Mr Coup and Mr Vandemar, two characters that revel in murder and causing pain who have been hired to kidnap door by an unknown master, as well as find out who killed Door’s family…

“Richard wrote a diary entry in his head.

Dear Diary, he began. On Friday I had a job, a fiancée, a home, and a life that made sense. (Well, as much as any life makes sense). Then I found an injured girl bleeding on the pavement, and I tried to be a Good Samaritan. Now I’ve got no fiancée, no home, no job, and I’m walking around a couple of hundred feet under the streets of London with the projected life expectancy of a suicidal fruitfly.

I personally loved the storyline and failed to predict the twist and turns the plot took, the ending I felt was slightly ‘that’s been done before’ but I realise the book was published in 1996 and so any stories I have read that use similar plots may have been copies of this very prolific book. The very end with Richard and his decision of London above/below I found to be obvious but the story is written from his point of view and so over the course of the book it’s easy to begin to see Richard’s point of view and decision making process.

Characters:

My personal favourite character is probably the Marquis de Carabas due to the way he’s described, and his actions throughout that make you wonder if you can ever truly trust his character or if he’s in it for personal gain. I also loved the descriptions of Mr Coup and Mr Vandemar just as pure villians that delight in killing, some of their conversations are hilarious to the reader as Mr Coup attempts to speak in a literary manner whilst Mr Vandemar purely takes things at face value often replying with humerous answers to rhetorical questions.

“If you cut us, do we not bleed?’ Mr. Vandemar pondered this for a moment, in the dark. Then he said with perfect accuracy, ‘No.”

Location

The story is set throughout London and constantly refers to Landmarks and in particular tube stations, as an avid tube goer (is that a word) I loved this aspect of the books as I know next time i’m on the tube i’m going to be thinking about the storyline in particular references to phrases such as ‘mind the gap’ on the platform. My particular favourite part of this was the literal characterisation of the stations with the Angel named Islington and the Seven Sisters etc. these were humerous plays on the names

Overall I would definitely recommend this book to anyone and everyone especially if you want to be a writer as Gaiman writes in such a unique and easy to read style so that characters are easy to imagine. I could write more but this is a summary.

Sidenote: There is a series of the same name from the BBC both as a TV show and Radio Show, I haven’t seen the radio show yet but the TV show, although good (I watched it upon the completion of the book) shouldn’t be watched before the show as the characters to me didn’t personify enough their descriptions.

Going round in circles

Have you ever reached a point in life where you feel like you’re going round in circles. That’s how I feel right now except I have a time deadline.

I am trying to decide whether to go into a research career or Medicine and have to decide by September (as this is when the applications start for lab placements which are part of my course). Do I cut my course down to 3 years (it’s 4) and apply for graduate medicine or apply for a transfer (which is very unlikely). However if everything goes wrong and I don’t get onto a graduate course I have no lab experience….

And then my old doubts about medicine pop up in regards to the lifestyle it leads to and am I good enough etc,..

Having this swimming around my head whilst trying to write my final summative essay of the year is hard and my brain is frazzled.

Anyone got advice?

I’m comforted by the fact that most people don’t know what to do in regards to careers so i’m not alone I guess//

Being “busy”

I’m back should I say, with life and just everything I’ve been busy. I say that but i’m trying to work on not just using ‘life’ and being ‘busy’ as an excuse for not getting things done. I’ve found over the years that I’ve said yes to so many things, which all crashed down on me when it all built up and my mental health suffered I would bail and quit. because of this I’ve been anxious to do too much in case this leads to exhaustion and any negative consequences on my mental health.

The past couple of months have been super busy for me although I hate that phrase because looking back i’ve had a lot of free time and have just been disorganised and easily distracted. However in the past couple of weeks i’ve had an increased amount of plans and visited friends and have managed to get work done. I have then reflected and have decided that going forwards I want to say yes to more things but be wary of my commitments.

Furthermore, visiting other areas where I don’t have phone signal has been an eye-opening experience. Although I hate to admit I got home and spent too much time scrolling through my social media, I’m planning to cut this down with every Sunday being a no social media day from now on in order to minimise the effects it has on me as well as just generally engaging more with my life.

This has been a slight stream of consciousness but as this blog-thingy is like a slight online-journal style thing for me it helps.

A month of hard work

As someone who doesn’t like to leave things to the last minute i’m panicking slightly right now as I have exams at the end of April..only  a month away. I have been steadily revising but now it’s the final stretch and i’m so not ready but here goes.

I’ve tried to schedule some posts etc. but i’ll be super busy so if you don’t see anything that’s why

3 subscribers, really?

Now if you’ve read my previous post on the topic you will know that I have a youtube channel. I currently have 3 subscribers (one of which is my other channel) yaaay. And I admit sometimes I feel like is it worth the effort it takes to film (it’s more than it looks) but then I remember the whole reason I wanted to make one is because I wanted to get out of my comfort zone. Starting the channel I was talking about music as it’s a big part of my life but now I realise how much more I want to try and put into it, more things similar to here with ideas on mental health and advice etc. whether or not anyone responds (out of 3 subscribers one comments). Because success isn’t always how many followers you have…

 

also for those of you that don’t see my face..that’s me… heey