October’s Book Club!

October’s book was the delightfully fantastical Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, a perfect choice considering how close the meeting was to Halloween!  Underneath the city of London is a whole new world, London Below.  When an act of kindness plunges the unsuspecting Richard Mayhew into London Below he is plunged into a new world and a new role – companion to Lady Door who is on a mission to find out what happened to her family.  Along the way Door, Richard and their fellow travellers visit the Old Bailey, the Earl of Earls Court and the Angel Islington in search of answers.  London tubes stations will never look the same again!

Most of the group aren’t keen on fantasy books and having read one earlier in the year many of us expected to dislike the book, but were pleasantly surprised!  Everyone found the book easy to read but at times its lightheartedness was a little disappointing and everyone felt the ending could’ve been stronger, but felt like it was being set up for a sequel.  The character relationships were strong, really holding the adventure tale together and the book had a strong feeling of being made for TV (which is was originally).  But even with the flaws everyone finished the book (surely a first) and most thoroughly enjoyed it.

November’s book will be the dystopian novel Delirium by Lauren Oliver (which is available from all good bookshops and at the library).  We are meeting to discuss it at the Church St branch on Thursday 24th November at 6pm.  Please join us – even if you don’t manage to finish the book!

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