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I reread Neverwhere for the first time in years last night. Suddenly I remember how much I wished the whole story had been about the marquis de Carabas, whom I found much more interesting and exciting than Arthur Dent Richard Mayhew. I wish he'd write a sequel entirely from the marquis' POV - it's not as if it wasn't blatantly set up for a sequel at the end.

Also, when I read Un Lun Dun a couple of years ago, I thought at the time that it was a rip-off of Neverwhere, but now I realize it wasn't really. Except for the basic premise (another, fantastical London existing under/alongside the real one) and a few minor similarities (people in the real London forgetting you when you go to the "other" one), they're very different. Actually, I think Un Lun Dun was more fully imagined, and China Mieville, though it pains me to say it, is much better at plot and storytelling than Neil Gaiman, who tends to start strong, wander in the middle, and then suddenly realize he needs to wrap it up somehow. Where Gaiman beats Mieville is in characterization - I could never really connect with the characters in Un Lun Dun, even Deeba - and in humor. I laughed out loud when I got to the bodyguard-auditioning scene in Neverwhere with the Fop With No Name, and the big lug who was the size of four fops (not to mention the smaller lug who was the size of two and a half fops). Maybe one Gaiman is the size of one and a half Mievilles. :D


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