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I read pretty much anything, from fantasy (City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett) to romance (Bared to You by Sylvia Day) to classics (Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad).  The only genres I don't read are self-help and comic books/graphic novels.

Currently reading

The Last Honeytrap
Louise Lee
Progress: 100/346 pages
Complete Works of William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare

Neverwhere (London Below, The World of Neverwhere) by Neil Gaiman

Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman

12/3 - Neil Gaiman! I'm finally reading a Neil Gaiman book!! I hope I enjoy it as much as most of the rest of the reading population seem to have.

I don't really know what to expect from this book, the summary on the back wasn't particularly enlightening as to exactly what the book is about. In the author's note, at the beginning, Gaiman talks about wanting to write something that would recreate the feeling he had when, as a child, he first read The Wizard of Oz, The Chronicles of Narnia, and Alice in Wonderland, but he wanted that feeling for adults. That statement has kind of given me the expectation that this is going to be pretty epic (or at least that Gaiman believes I will find it so). I was trying not to let my expectations get too high, but that author's note completely ruined my ability to be impartial, my ability to start reading without an unbiased view of the book. To be continued...

14/3 - Not really sure what to think of this so far. It's got lots of interesting ideas - a girl named Door who can open doors in, it seems so far, anything; two sinister men, who appear to satiate their hunger on rats, chasing her down slowly but tenaciously (a bit Terminator-like, no hurrying necessary because they know they'll find her eventually no matter where she runs to); and some poor normal guy, Richard, who's gotten caught up in everything thanks to an impulsive act of kindness - but I can't say for sure whether all these ideas have been put together in that 'epic' way that I was expecting from the author's note I mentioned above. To be continued...

 

16/3 - Okay, so not quite the can't-put-it-down excitement-fest I was hoping for, but it was a lot of fun and when I got to the end and Richard just got up and followed Carabas through the door my first thought was "Oh no, that can't be the end! I want to read about the quest to find Door's sister." My favourite part of the book was the whole 'quest' feeling that I got from the story, walking from clue to clue picking up and losing members of the troupe, everyone there because they were destined to be there. I also liked the way Richard reminded me of Bilbo Baggins in his way of facing danger - really, really don't want to do it and I'm shaking with fear at the thought of danger and pain, but I'll still do it anyway. If there was a Neverwhere II I'd be getting it ASAP, I'm really sad there isn't.

 

PopSugar 2015 Reading Challenge: A Book Set Somewhere you've Always Wanted to Visit