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Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman – book review

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Ok, let’s kick this new year and new blog off with Neil Gaimans Neverwhere.

I first started this book ages ago, by listening to an audio book version that was read by Mr. Gaiman himself. However, I only ever managed to get a third of the way through. So I restarted reading this story from the very beginning. The version I have, is an e-book version and is ‘The Author’s Preferred Text’. I’m not sure if this version differs much from any others but I thought it important to point out. Also, I never knew this book was based on the story of a T.V. series he wrote for the BBC, and I now want to get my hands on it somehow. Although I will try not to include any spoilers, I will warn readers that there might be the odd spoiler here or there.

London Above, London Below, rats, rat-speakers, doors; the world building in this is phenomenal. It’s very immersive and captivating. You are fully pulled into the city of London and then dragged down into the Underside. The contrast between the two is apparent. London Above is the London that we would be accustomed to. It’s described as a sort of dull, dreary, almost lifeless place. Whereas the Underside or, London Below, seems to be a more vibrant and colourful place even though it’s based in underground railway systems, sewers and other strange places. There seems to be more life in London Below.

There is a good few chatacters in this story but not too many that you’d get confused or overwhelmed with. I thought that Mr. Vandemar and Mr. Croup were described very well. They sound like a right slimey amd nasty pair, that you wouldn’t want to run into in the dark of night. I also liked the Old Bailey. That even though his character is associated with the London Below, he prefers to be up on the roofs.

I’m so glad with Richards redemption arc. I was really worried it was just going to end with him as back in London Above, back to the exact same life as before he met Door. Thankfully it didn’t end there.

I do feel that Richard’s character was lacking in places. I just wanted a bit more of him, or for him to be more prominent in some scenes. Also I realy wished that Door’s powers with doors (haha, Door’s doors,) was explored more. What’s it’s limits? Why does she have them? Is it hereditary? Do other families have these or similar powers? I want to know more. Give me all the magical systems!

I really like this story, the characters are good, the world building is amazing and the magic is really interesting. It is definitely encouraging me to go read some more by Gaiman. Now I just have to decide which one to read next.

Charlie

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To Be Read 2020

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Happy New Year! It’s nearing the end of new years day. So as 2021 is only just beginning I’ve been thinking about what books I want to read this year. Some have been on my TBR (to be read) list for years, some I’ve only found recently. It’s probably going to be considered an eclectic mix but that’s me in a nutshell. Now then onto the list.

1. Trudi Canavan – The Ambassador’s Mission Trudi Canavan is my all time favourite author. The Black Magician trilogy was amazing. I love those books. This book is from the Traitor Spy trilogy which continues the story from the Black Magician trilogy and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

2. J.R.R. Tolkien – The Silmarillion Have you ever seen that Lord of the Rings meme where if you have read The Silmarillion your mind is blown? I want my mind to be blown, but I know damn well this book is going to require alot of concentration to get my head around. It will be worth it hopefully.

3. Neil Gaiman – Neverwhere . It’s Neil Gaiman, enough said. But really, how could I not have him on my list. I’ve heard about a third of this on audio book but I haven’t finished it so I’m looking forward to reading this from the beginning.

4. Oliver Bowden – Assassin’s Creed: Renaissance. I remember playing these games when I was younger and been amazed and enthralled by the beautiful aesthetic of them. So I hope the novels will paint an equally beautiful picture.

5. Leigh Bardugo – Six of Crows . I’ve been seeing this everywhere in the last few months, so I’m going to jump on the bandwagon and give it a go too.

So let’s start the new year. Let’s read, you fools.

Charlie

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Why am I here? An introduction to me.

Hiya, my name is Charlie and this is the exciting start of my book blogging adventure.

I was always reading as a child. I consumed and devoured books in the same way that some people eat chocolate (ok, in the same way I eat chocolate). I’d read and re-read books in bed every night before going to sleep. I loved going to the tiny bookshop in my nearby town, looking at all the pretty covers. Or going to the library, where at one stage, I was eventually allowed to read from the older section as I had read through all of my age group.

To be honest, I’m starting this blog as an excuse to begin reading again. Which sounds silly really, who needs an excuse to read? Just grab a book and dive in. But over the years I fell out of reading fiction. I just don’t make reading a priority anymore.

I used to read so much. For instance, I remember when a new Harry Potter book would come out and as soon as I could get my hands on it I would read it fully in one sitting. Just to take in the story. Then I would start to re read it the next day but slower and not all in one day, so i could appreciate and soak up all the little details.

So now as we are nearing the end of a crazy year I have decided to begin this brand new enterprise. To start this blog. To read new books and old ones. To write reviews and other book related posts. I have never blogged before. I have never run a website before. I have never sat down and wrote book reviews before. Oh this will be so much fun (she says, sarcastically). But in all seriousness, I really want to pursue this endeavour and give it a good shot.

As you might have figured out from the name I chose for this blog, I love fantasy. Read You Fools, is derived from a quote from one of my favourite books and favourite films, The Lord of the Rings, ( The Fellowship of the Ring, to be exact) by J.R.R. Tolkien. Whereas in the book its “Fly you fools” but in the film I remember it being “Run you fools” (although it seems its dubbed over in the dvd?). So I took it, and changed it to “Read You Fools “, as I see myself a fool for having to go to these lengths to get myself to do something I love to do, which is read.

Since I clearly have a great fondness for reading fantasy books, my posts will no doubt be mainly fantasy based. However I don’t want to limit myself either, if a book from a different genre picks my fancy, then I’m going to read it (or at the very least add it to my to be read pile). So don’t be alarmed if there’s the odd, random (insert a genre) flung into the mix. I’m here to broaden my horizons, discover new things and rediscover my love for books. To lose myself in a world, to get caught up in a story, to fully immerse myself into someone’s creation.

So now I just need to get off my phone, grab a book, and read, you fool.

Charlie.