Neverwhere

A wonderful fantasy novel by Neil Gaiman. I really enjoyed it and I think you will too.

From the publisher:

“Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but demanding fiancee. Then one night he stumbles across a girl bleeding on the sidewalk. He stops to help her–and the life he knows vanishes like smoke.

Several hours later, the girl is gone too. And by the following morning Richard Mayhew has been erased from his world. His bank cards no longer work, taxi drivers won’t stop for him, his hundred rents his apartment out to strangers. He has become invisible, and inexplicably consigned to a London of shadows and darkness a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations. He has fallen through the cracks of reality and has landed somewhere different, somewhere that is Neverwhere.

For this is the home of Door, the mysterious girl whom Richard rescued in the London Above. A personage of great power and nobility in this murky, candlelit realm, she is on a mission to discover the cause of her family’s slaughter, and in doing so preserve this strange underworld kingdom from the malevolence that means to destroy it. And with nowhere else to turn, Richard Mayhew must now join the Lady Door’s entourage in their determined–and possibly fatal–quest.

For the dread journey ever-downward–through bizarre anachronisms and dangerous incongruities, and into dusty corners of stalled time–is Richard’s final hope, his last road back to a “real” world that is growing disturbingly less real by the minute.

If Tim Burton reimagined The Phantom of the Opera, if Jack Finney let his dark side take over, if you rolled the best work of Clive Barker, Peter Straub and Caleb Carr into one, you still would have something that fell far short of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere. It is a masterful debut novel of darkly hypnotic power, and one of the most absorbing reads to come along in years.”

This was my first Neil Gaiman book and I loved it.  I’m usually not into ‘fantasy’ stories, but the premise intrigued me and I decided to give it a try.  I’m glad I did! He takes you under the streets of London and introduces you to a cast of characters (rats included) that live in a world that you think could almost be real. It grabbed me from the beginning and I found myself rushing to the end.  I tried to slow myself down, but it was difficult.  I really wish he would write a sequel to this as he left it open for one, in my opinion.  I will keep my hope up that it will happen.

11/22/63

I think it’s very appropriate for my first blog post to be about a novel by Stephen King. He is one of my all time favorite authors.  I have loved all of his novels and this one is no exception.

From the publisher:

“ON NOVEMBER 22, 1963, THREE SHOTS RANG OUT IN DALLAS, PRESIDENT KENNEDY DIED, AND THE WORLD CHANGED. WHAT IF YOU COULD CHANGE IT BACK?

In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King—who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer—takes readers on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

It begins with Jake Epping, a thirty-five-year-old English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching GED classes. He asks his students to write about an event that changed their lives, and one essay blows him away—a gruesome, harrowing story about the night more than fifty years ago when Harry Dunning’s father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a sledgehammer. Reading the essay is a watershed moment for Jake, his life—like Harry’s, like America’s in 1963—turning on a dime. Not much later his friend Al, who owns the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to the past, a particular day in 1958. And Al enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession—to prevent the Kennedy assassination.

So begins Jake’s new life as George Amberson, in a different world of Ike and JFK and Elvis, of big American cars and sock hops and cigarette smoke everywhere. From the dank little city of Derry, Maine (where there’s Dunning business to conduct), to the warmhearted small town of Jodie, Texas, where Jake falls dangerously in love, every turn is leading eventually, of course, to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and to Dallas, where the past becomes heart-stoppingly suspenseful, and where history might not be history anymore. Time-travel has never been so believable. Or so terrifying.”

Stephen King is mostly known for his horror stories, in my opinion. This story reminds me more of The Body or Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. He takes you back to days gone by and you feel like you’re really there too. It combines all the things I love; history, love, time-travel.  And, he makes it all seem real.  The book is long – 849 pages! But, the story is so good, you don’t want it to end. I didn’t!  I highly recommend 11/22/63.

I’m New Here

fairy tale pic

fairy tale pic (Photo credit: Kjirstin)

Hello!  I’m new at this, so bear with me. I love books, ever since I was a child. The first book I remember reading was Chicken Little, to my mom. I loved fables and fairy tales. It grew from there. From children’s books, to young adult, to romance, to history, to chick lit, to right now. My interests are wide and varied.

I’m not sure where I’m going with this blog yet, but I’m sure it/me will grow in time. So, welcome to my journey.