A Conversation for Neverwhere
Pat La Mouche Started conversation Dec 12, 2000
The Marquis could be a cat, Croup could be a fox, Vandemar could be wolf, but that's just how I see it...
Maybe other people saw other animals (or other creatures) in some of the characters...
Steve K. Posted Dec 12, 2000
I've only heard the audio version of the book, but I really enjoyed it, and I'm not usually a fan of "Fantasy", preferring the disappearing "hard sci-fi". This is actually somewhere in between, with the real London Underground settings.
I will have to think about the animals. The villains make the story: "If you prick us, do we not bleed?" "No, we don't."
Coma white Posted Dec 13, 2000
The audio version is a classic! But I don't think the animals thing is very sound. Why would some bloke wander around talking to cats and the like. but no book/TV series has such brilliant bad guys.
Steve K. Posted Dec 14, 2000
Right, the bad guy makes the story. Shakespeare, as always, started this (OK, probably the Greeks) with characters like Richard III. The movie a few years ago with Ian MacKellan (sp?) was amazing. What an actor! and what a screenplay! When he has killed every other possible successor to the throne (children, women, extraterrestrials ... ) the folks ask him if he would be king. He answers, in an aside to the audience, "Do I have a heart of stone?"
Pat La Mouche Posted Dec 14, 2000
Why would a bloke talk to animals?
Remember you're in the Gaiman-universe!
The marquis is based on a fairy-tale about a talking intelligent trickster-cat (can't remember the author(s) or the title, but I DO remember the story). The rat-speakers are almost rats themselves. And what creatures get left behind (like the parts of London that make up London Below) the MOST? Animals, no?
Coma white Posted Dec 15, 2000
Sorry man. I was thinking too normal. It's a good point, when put like that, and lots of animals do get left around in London.
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