This is the first in what will be several days of posts about Neil Gaiman and the wonderful books he's written. If you've never read him, you should try to amend that promptly. His writing is wonderful. Fantastical. Mythic. All Good Things. I am seeing him speak in Washington, DC on Friday - he'll be reading from his new book The Ocean at the End of the Lane (which I just received in the mail today and will be reviewing as soon as I finish it).
Neverwhere is a splendid tale. Gaiman uses the mythic concept of two worlds existing as one and transforms it into a modern setting - that of London Above and London Below. The main character is an average joe who has a good heart. Through an act of kindness to a stranger, he is drawn into a world he never imagined existed.
The book was turned into a British miniseries which is available for purchase. It was also adapted into a BBC Radio 4 drama which is sadly no longer available to stream online. I am hoping they make it available for purchase at some point, because the cast was FANTASTIC. I agree with all the critics I have read who say they would love to see a film adaptation using the cast from the radio drama. Anthony Head and David Schofield as the villainous Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar, Christopher Lee as The Earl of Earl's Court, Benedict Cumberbatch as the Angel Islington, Natalie Dormer as The Lady Door, and James McAvoy as Richard Mayhew. My goodness it was splendid.
If you've never read Gaiman, Neverwhere is a splendid place to start.