Oh I feel so many of you have read this book, and probably all of have you have heard of this book. It took me about 18 years to read this book, and for three of those I owned the book ( a sub goal of this year’s Cannonball Read is to read through some of the books that have been sitting on my shelf for countless years, feeling very left out). This is probably because I don’t regularly pick up fantasy/sci-fi novels. But I must say, this was an entertaining book.
Richard Mayhew lives a normal, ho-hum life in London – good, stable job, good friends, nice apartment, pretty fiance – all is good. Until he and his fiance stumble upon a dirty, bleeding girl on their way to a dinner meeting which they are late for. Richard helps the girl, Lady Door, fiance dumps him and he begins the quest to find out who killed Lady Door’s family. While London’s Tube map is only a small part of the story (much of the story happens Underground, and in tube trains), it brings to question how tube stations were named (Temple and Arch, Oxford Circus). Imagination is rife in this book, plot twists ensue, picturesque and colorful characters, all it needs to be an entertaining Neil Gaiman novel.