1. The narrator – a sardonic character in his/her own right who weaves words into the most vivid of images and plays his/her cards close enough to his/her vest to keep me intrigued to the end.
2. Richard – this guy goes on such a journey, and it’s a believable journey. He has a wicked sense of humour too which only really emerges as he starts to find his feet in London Below. The poor guy is dragged into a world he doesn’t even know exists and flounders horribly for most of the book, but when the time come for him to rise to the occassion, he does just that.
3. London Below – what an amazing alternate reality. The whole time I was reading I kept thinking ‘Damn! I wish I’d thought of that!’
4. The way Gaiman plays shamelessly with tropes and cliche. I imagine he had enormous fun writing this book. The Wizard of Oz references (the obvious and not-so-obvious) are highly amusing and satisfying.
5. The Marquis de Carabas – he reminded me of Captain Jack Sparrow. In a good way.
6. Croup and Vandemar – it’s true; they have no redeeming features, but they are so funny in a macabre kind of way. (Does that count as a redeeming feature?)
7. The lack of romance – refreshing!
8. The ending – I shan’t spoil it, but I think it was perfect!
Things I didn’t like:
1. Um … nothing!
5/5 – It was amazing!
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