What I'm Reading: Neverwhere
In preparing this post and the last entry of 'What I'm Reading', I learned something; it would really help if I knew anything about the book I was about to read. Much like when I began Stephen King's "Firestarter" the only thing I know about the book is that I like the author.
I've owned the book "Neverwhere" for several years, but in that time I never so much as read the blurb on the back. All I know is that I'm a fan of Neil Gaiman, plain and simple. Everything I've read of his was damn near amazing. His comics, including the award winning 'Sandman'. His short stories, including his collection "Fragile Things". However, this is the first novel of his that I'm reading.
A trend I noticed recently, is that I'm choosing to read novels from authors I've only ever read short stories of.
If there's one thing to say about Gaiman's writing is that he is so effortlessly intelligent. He's not pompous, he's not confusing, his writing isn't superfluous, he's just a damn fine writer with an impressive vernacular and a descriptive way with words that paint you into the portrait he's crafting.
Speaking of "Neverwhere", all I know is that it is a fantasy book that has to do with a mythical underground society of England. As always, my 75 page cutoff rule is in play, but I can't imagine ever stopping a Gaiman book before finishing it. Stay tuned for my review upon completion.