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Neil Gaiman has created a world under London, it is hard to get to, unless you have a guide, and it is dangerous. It is filled with monsters, saints, murderers, knights in armour and pale girls in black velvet (note: don’t go with the girls in velvet). There is also an angel. I could tell you what the angel is doing there, but that would be a spoiler.
Richard Mayhew is on his way to dinner with his fiance when he stops to help a girl who is injured. He doesn’t know she is from London Below, he doesn’t even know what London Below is, but when his life in London above is erased he has to go below. In his adventures in London below he learns many things. He finds out the real reason to ‘watch the gap’ between the train and the platform and why to not go with the girls in velvet (almost too late he learns this). He gets involved with saving the underworld, with a little help from some unlikely sources.
The people in this London below are human in that they have human qualities of loyalty, greed, cowardice and heroism. At the same time they are not quite human. Some have unique abilities and come through or disappoint in unique ways. Plenty of twists and scary moments to keep one guessing and reading.
A delightful romp through the scary place that is Neil Gaiman’s brain.