by Neil Gaiman | Science Fiction & Fantasy |
ISBN: 0380789019 Global Overview for this book
Registered by ivosousa on 4/8/2003
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18 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by ivosousa on Tuesday, April 08, 2003
Podem encontrar livros mais bem escritos do que este a nível da fantasia, mas é difícil. Este livro, a meu ver, está próximo de ser uma obra-prima. Neil Gaiman é um dos melhores escritores deste tipo de ficção.

Journal Entry 2 by fflloorr from Lisboa - City, Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Sunday, April 13, 2003
Got this book during a meet-up in Sintra.
Turned this one into a Bookring.
Here's the final list of participants, in the travelling order:
Gyd - Spain
Herrundmeyer - Germany
Semioticghost - England
Ardy - USA
Bkwrm23 - USA
Greedyreader - USA
And then me Fflloorr.(currently has ownership)

Journal Entry 3 by Gyd from Barcelona, Barcelona Spain on Thursday, June 12, 2003
It just have arrived this morning, thanks Fflloorr :0)))
And I'm ready to start it tonight (I'll be as fast as possible!!)

Journal Entry 4 by Gyd from Barcelona, Barcelona Spain on Tuesday, June 17, 2003
It's been hard to behave myself and not read the book in one sitting!! :0)
It's been one of those books that you don't want to get to the end, and now that I've finished it , I don't even want to start another book because my thoughts are still wandering around London Below and want to remember everything.
And I'll miss Mr. Croup & Mr. Vandemar specially ...
( where is 'Neverwhere II' ...please?)

Journal Entry 5 by Gyd from Barcelona, Barcelona Spain on Friday, June 27, 2003
To be sent next Monday 30th (sorry for the delay!) to Germany. Enjoy Herrundmeyer!
(*sigh* No, at the end I've been able to send it today...;0)

Journal Entry 6 by Herrundmeyer from Heilbronn, Baden-Württemberg Germany on Wednesday, July 02, 2003
Got this in the mail today. Thanks everyone for passing this on. TBR ASAP.

Journal Entry 7 by Herrundmeyer from Heilbronn, Baden-Württemberg Germany on Friday, July 04, 2003
A brilliant book, somehow Alice-in-Wonderlandish, somehow also reminding me of Gaiman's book Coraline.

Very gripping, brutal at times, and with a dark humor - very good!

I've already contacted Semioticghost in London (probably London Above), but have not got a reply yet. I'll send the book on as soon as I get their address.

Release planned for Monday, July 07, 2003 at mailed to a fellow bookcrosser in Gelsenkirchen, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany.

Postal release to Semioticghost in London (Above).

Journal Entry 9 by Semioticghost from Ipswich, Suffolk United Kingdom on Wednesday, July 09, 2003
Arrived today and now is on top of my TBR pile - thanks Herrundmeyer!
PMing Ardy for his/her address now.

Journal Entry 10 by Semioticghost from Ipswich, Suffolk United Kingdom on Sunday, July 13, 2003
There's an Angel in Islington and shepherds in Shepherd's Bush. Pray you never meet them [...]
I loved this a lot - beautifully evocative and strange, in a just-one-step-into-another-dimension sort of way.
To be airmailed to Ardy [US] tomorrow!

Journal Entry 11 by Ardy from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania USA on Thursday, July 17, 2003
Arrived in the mail today- thank you! I'm looking forward to it!

And thank you Semioticghost for the CD- So thoughtful!

Journal Entry 12 by Ardy from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania USA on Wednesday, August 20, 2003
Wonderful- Magical. If you like The Hobbit..... or Brigadoon. This book is for you. It has it all, strange situations, a quest, betrayal, and the ultimate triumph of Good,
well maybe.........
Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful book. I'll be passing it on to the next person in the bookring.

Journal Entry 13 by bkwrm23 from Haskell, New Jersey USA on Wednesday, August 27, 2003
Neverwhere arrived in the mail today. I will get to it soonest...I just have to finish another book I should be able to start it tomorrow or the next day.

Journal Entry 14 by bkwrm23 from Haskell, New Jersey USA on Thursday, August 28, 2003
WOW!! I just finished reading this book, and I thought it was awesome. I couldn't put it down!! This reminded me of Stephen King's Dark Tower series...I love the fantasy of an alternate universe...darker...travelling at the same time as our own. That there's something else out there, that's not all light, but dark like our own time/plane. This book gives that feeling of something else out there. The characters were so believable, especially Richard, who begins by thinking he's in a nightmare, but finally just "going with the flow". I can't wait to pick up more of Neil Gaiman's work!!Thank you for sharing!!

Journal Entry 15 by bkwrm23 from Haskell, New Jersey USA on Tuesday, September 02, 2003
sending on to greedyreader today....

Journal Entry 16 by greedyreader from Oakland, New Jersey USA on Tuesday, September 16, 2003
oooohhhh ... I am so glad to have received this book in the mail. Will start it in about 10 minutes (... as soon as I get through my inbox :))))) Thank you!!!

Journal Entry 17 by greedyreader from Oakland, New Jersey USA on Sunday, September 21, 2003
Neil Gaiman is in NYCity this weekend: yesterday as part of New York is Book Week (a reading at the Equitable Center) and tonight with Art Spiegleman at the 21nd Street Y talking about children's books (to promote IT WAS A DARK AND SILLY NIGHT). SO what do I do instead of getting tickets for either event? I hole up and read NEVERWHERE.

And a big THANK YOU to everyone who it made it possible for me to read this book. I am really becoming quite the Gaiman fan. His writing is very clever and evocative. I love his character descriptions, and the little plot twists and turns. And I especially liked the ending.

I have PMed mom-of-one. Hopefully this book will be travelling her way this week, before going back to fflloorr.

Sept 25th ... mom-of-one is taking a pass so this is going to fflloorr. Thank you 8^)))

~ oops! I lent this to my niece and am going to send it back asap

Journal Entry 18 by fflloorr from Lisboa - City, Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Monday, January 05, 2004
Got the book in the mail last week. Thanks everyone for participating in this ring. I will now read the book and then release it.
And thanks a lot Greeddreader for the great magazine you've sent me, I loved it. I'm a big Sandman fan. Dream rules!!!!!! ;-)

Journal Entry 19 by fflloorr from Lisboa - City, Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Tuesday, April 20, 2004
To miss-muffet.

Never heard of miss-muffet again so I'm organising a bookray with one.

List of participants:
Graphi (ships within Europe)
Olifant (ships within Europe)
Torve <-- It's here!

Hellie (has e-mail contact on her bookshelf)

Journal Entry 20 by Escalla from Lisboa - Parque das Nações, Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Friday, June 03, 2005
Primeiro quero pedir desculpa a todos pela minha demora a ler este livro.
O que mais me chamou a atenção no livro foi o facto deste ser uma das primeiras tentativas do autor na literatura e isso notar-se bastante, lembro-me que numa conferência com o autor ele criticou-se a ele mesmo nesta primeira tentativa e consegui observar os erros que ele referiu.
Para além disso a história é bastante boa, deixa-nos com vontade de explorar mais aquela Londres secreta. :)
Vou entregar o livro á próxima membro do Bookring Terpsicore que eu sei visitou a cidade recentemente. Tenho a certeza que isso lhe vai dar uma leitura muito mais profunda do livro :)

Journal Entry 21 by terpsicore from Algés, Lisboa (distrito) Portugal on Friday, August 19, 2005
passed to me at the meetup yesterday.still have to finish "The fabulous adventures of Kavalier and Clay" and will start this one afterwards.

Journal Entry 22 by terpsicore from Algés, Lisboa (distrito) Portugal on Wednesday, September 07, 2005
It's not Gaiman's best but I still enjoyed it very much.Great imagination!
And escalla is right,the fact that I have recently been in London added a lot to the pleasure.Though I travelled mostly by bus,the station names are the same.And Black Friars stuck in my head because it was where I had to get off for Tate Modern.
And I often heard "Mind the Gap".(I really loved that bit)
will PM Lakuska for her addy.

Journal Entry 23 by terpsicore from Algés, Lisboa (distrito) Portugal on Thursday, October 13, 2005
finally mailed today to oliphant.
the other menmbers had asked to be skipped.

Journal Entry 24 by Olifant from Porthmadog, Wales United Kingdom on Saturday, October 15, 2005
Wow, didn't expect this book that fast. Thanks terpsicore for sending and fflloorr for ringing. This will be my first Neil Gaiman. I'm looking forward to it.

Journal Entry 25 by Olifant from Porthmadog, Wales United Kingdom on Sunday, October 16, 2005
It had been a glimpse into a world of adventure and imagination.

Enjoyed this book. Loads of silly jokes, which I like, so I sniggered a lot. I very much like the references to fairy tales and myths (breadcrumbs, Marquis de Carabas, beast of London). Favourites, despite their cruelness, are Mr Croup and Mr Vandemar. I also have a preference for the Marquis. He is loyal and rough as a diamond. I wonder what Mansfield Park (Jane Austen) is about, for this book has been mentioned twice. I will surely read more of Gaiman’s novels.

Some quotes:

“What’s your name?” she asked.
Richard. Richard Mayhew. Dick.”
”And you are... Doreen?”
She shook her head. “I’m Door, Richardrichardmayhewdick.”

...and then there’s London Below – the Underside – inhabited by the people who fell through the cracks in the world.

Scare her? We’re cutthroats, not scarecrows.”

“Richard, have you ever used a spear?”
“Take it,” she whispered.
“Do it.” Her voice was low and urgent. “Pick it up. Hold it at the blunt end.”
Richard picked up the fallen spear. He held it at the blunt end. “I knew that part,” he told her.

Journal Entry 26 by Olifant from Porthmadog, Wales United Kingdom on Saturday, October 22, 2005
Travels to Portugal today!

Journal Entry 27 by bookmanu from Cascais, Lisboa (distrito) Portugal on Friday, October 28, 2005
Thanks Olifant & fflloorr!

I received it's going to be the first Neil Gaiman book I've ever read...I'm looking forward to it. I have another Neil Gaiman book - American Gods on mount TBR but was waiting for this one first.

Journal Entry 28 by bookmanu from Cascais, Lisboa (distrito) Portugal on Friday, December 16, 2005
Mailed to Winkiemoon today.Sorry I kept this book for so long.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, as I said in my previous JE it was my first contact with Neil Gaiman.I'm looking forward to reading more of his books.

Journal Entry 29 by Winkiemoon from Porto - City, Porto Portugal on Monday, December 19, 2005
It´s with me.

Journal Entry 30 by -BookHaven- on Friday, March 10, 2006
just got it in the mail.
as all the bookrings seemed to arrive at the same time and unexpectedly, i hope i wont take more than expected.
thanks a lot for sharing!

Journal Entry 31 by -BookHaven- on Tuesday, March 28, 2006
i loved this book! and i absolute am a fan of this genre!

i was so enthused about richard's quest for a normal life, i just had to keep on reading until the end.

absolutely brilliant!

thanks a lot for sharing.

i'll send it to quico tomorrow.


life got in the way, and it was only sent to quico today.

Journal Entry 32 by quico from Coimbra (cidade), Coimbra Portugal on Monday, April 10, 2006
Safely arrived. I'll read it asap.

Journal Entry 33 by quico from Coimbra (cidade), Coimbra Portugal on Sunday, April 16, 2006
London Below is an amazing alternate world and Neverwhere was a pleasure to read. Neil Gaiman is a brilliant storyteller.

PMed DEESSE for her address.

Journal Entry 34 by quico from Coimbra (cidade), Coimbra Portugal on Friday, April 28, 2006
On its way to DEESSE. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 35 by DEESSE from Erstein, Alsace France on Monday, May 08, 2006
It arrived already at the end of last week, but as I don't have internet at home I can just journal today. Thanks quico for sending it! I'm looking forward to reading it - especially as I'm going to London soon with my pupils...

Journal Entry 36 by DEESSE from Erstein, Alsace France on Thursday, June 08, 2006
I loved the book! The idea of the subterranean labyrinth, called "London Below" the style and the story, too.
Sometimes I just had to laugh out loud, e.g. the description of Ruislip, a bodyguard, the auditioning of bodyguards ("Varney connected his crowbar with the dwarf, who instantly stopped bouncing and darting, and instantly began lying insensible."), the arrival of Hunter at this audition ("Varney was undoubtedly dangerous, not to mention a bully, a sadist (...) What he was not, though, was particularly quick on the uptake. He stared at the marquis as the penny dropped, and dropped, and kept dropping. Finally, in disbelief, he asked, 'I have to fight her?'"
The description of Hunter's way to fight was as impressive as Old Bailey telling the joke with the three pieces of string ("A frayed knot.")
I liked the philosophical discussion Richard has towards the end of the book with a homeless lady - and the nice endig (Richard going back to London Below).

I just have to watch out not to meet bleeding girls on the pavement when I'm going to London next week ;-)

It's already on its way to russp since 02.06.06 (And I repaired the cut in the cover.)

Journal Entry 37 by russp from Tiverton, Devon United Kingdom on Monday, June 19, 2006
received today , thanks , ill start it today cant wait

Journal Entry 38 by Torve from Stockport, Cheshire United Kingdom on Saturday, August 12, 2006
Received, with thanks, from Russp by post. It's the first book ray I have actually recieved, though my name has been on two or three lists.
I am in the middle of Princess Orchid at the moment, but I might put that to the side as it hasn't grabbed me.

Journal Entry 39 by Torve from Stockport, Cheshire United Kingdom on Sunday, September 03, 2006
I did finish my previous book, Empress Orchid, after all. I could hear it calling to me when I picked up Neverwhere and I knew I would not give Neverwhere my full attention before completing unfinished business.

I enjoyed Neverwhere. Having read a number of his graphic novels, plus Smoke and Mirrors and American Gods I am beginning to find they all have a familiar feel to them. I rather enjoy that in the comics as there is plenty to explore in the images. It's becoming just a bit too predictable in the novels.

I do, however, like the subject. It does help to know London. I don't understand the map of the Underground at the front of the book. It is missing the Circle Line, but has lines that were built long after the Circle line. Or so I thought.

Thank you fflloorr for organising this bookray and russp for sending the book to me.

I have sent a pm to Stephen-1702, the next person on the ray.

Journal Entry 40 by Torve from Stockport, Cheshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, September 20, 2006
No response from Stephen-1702 yet. I have sent another message today, if I hear nothing I'll check with fflloorr and go on to the next person on the list.

Journal Entry 41 by fflloorr from Lisboa - City, Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Monday, April 07, 2008
Can someone tell me the status of this book, please? Thanks!

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