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Old 05-20-2012, 04:48 AM   #2
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This is the first book by Neil Gaiman that I have read and I hope to read more of his work!

I enjoyed this book immensely. It was a brilliant page-turner with a marvelously constructed world filled with interesting characters and locales. The latter were developed as plays on the literal meaning of the various London place names such as Earl's Court--which has a real Earl who holds a bizarre court on an underground train carriage.

The characters were unforgettable. Richard, the Warrior, seemed anything but a warrior and the Lady Door--for me anyway--was more reminiscent of an anime heroine than the traditional fantasy princess. Even the villains were remarkable in their {sometimes horrible} quirkiness. The plot had a wonderful whimsical quality with its unexpected twists, turns, and red herrings.

I loved this book!

BTW I've been told that Gaiman wrote a fabulous episode, "The Doctor's Wife", for series 6 of Dr Who {I've not seen it yet--but I'll make a point of it now}.
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