“For me this was just the right balance of whimsy and mythological drama. A fun urban fantasy refreshingly free of vampires and werewolves. There is real elegance how it hooks you in and takes you on a wild ride. The heroes are minimally sketched ciphers the readers are invited to project themselves into. They take shape mainly from their quests: Richard wants to get back his ordinary boring life; Door wants to avenge the murder of her family; Hunter wants to kill the Great Beast of London. They join forces to overcome several challenges in the weird and scary underground world of the “London Below”. The power structure of this society depends on bartering and favors, so it is impossible to tell who to trust. The most evil and supernaturally powerful characters in this tale, Mr. Vandemar and Mr. Croup, take so much fun in their mayhem, you can’t help liking them (“Can't make an omelette without killing a few people”). If you want to know if the book is the right read for you, the time it takes to peruse a reasonable sample of the numerous reviews on Shelfari might better be spent just diving into the rabbit hole and reading the book.”
I really want to read this. I heard excerpts on a podcast and it sounds very fun.
Sometimes the popular choice has a good basis. My favorite of 5 of his I've read.
This was the only one of his I couldn't finish.
Nice review, Michael. It went down well with my morning coffee.
Yeah, Story, I lost some momentum with it at one point. The shock of the evil twins undercuts the fun aspects quite early, and the cartoonish aspects of Richard and Door were off-putting at first. Once I got past feeling I had to love the characters and rode with the atmospherics and sweep of the story, I had a good time.
And thanks, Judith. I couldn't imagine what I could meaningfully say with so many reviews out their. I seem to have gotten into long reviews recently, when short, impressionistic reflections can often serve better for time strapped Shelfarian friends.
I was listening to it on audio. Maybe I'll try it again in text, based on your good review.