Monday, May 21, 2012
Neverwhere Group Read - Part I
Big thanks to Stainless Steel Droppings for hosting, organizing, and inspiring this groups read. Stop by his blog to see his thoughts on the book.
1. What do you think of our two villains thus far, Messrs. Croup and Vandemar?
At first glance, they didn't seem to be too formidable. Vandemar likes to eat questionable things and Croup has a way with words. Both enjoy intimidating folks. But then they take out a very skilled bodyguard. Hmmm.....And that scene with the knife throwing at the hand - I now have to wonder how much, if at all, these two can be hurt.
2. Thus far we've had a small taste of London Below and of the people who inhabit it. What do you think of this world, this space that lies within or somewhat overlaps the space the "real world" occupies?
London Below needs a suite of cleaning ladies and lads. I am not too keen on the whole roasted cat idea. I like that all the folks Richard has met so far have some sort of power or ability that he wasn't expecting and completely lacks himself.
3. What ideas or themes are you seeing in these first 5 chapters of Neverwhere? Are there any that you are particularly drawn to?
The Portico family - Arch, Door, etc. Very interesting how they are all some sort of gateway between things.
Richard is an average guy who is treated below average by nearly everyone, except maybe Door. I am glad Jessica is out of his life.
4. We've met a number of secondary characters in the novel, who has grabbed your attention and why?
The Floating Market (not really a character itself but has lots of character) has a huge potential to be a very central location in the book.
I was taken in by Anasthesia....but that didn't last long.
I would love the back story on Hunter.
5. As you consider the Floating Market, what kind of things does your imagination conjure up? What would you hope to find, or what would you be looking for, at the Market?
I bet rat tails are out. Cat tails in.
Did you ever see the movie rendition of Stardust, another Gaiman novel? I would expect the Floating Market to by a grittier and less wholesome version of the market just beyond the Wall.
And I would want to sample the local bangers and mash. Maybe.
6. If you haven't already answered it in the questions above, what are your overall impressions of the book to this point?
London Above is really boring and full of boring and self-important folks.
The theme that there is so much more going on around us, outside of our little life, is beautifully illustrated.
Who should Door trust? Hmmm.....I am thnking she might be a little too trusting.
Very funny that Richard's first idea of Hunter is that she is a prostitute.
Everyone in London Below has interesting clothing, not dictated by the latest fashion star.