Welcome to a Friday the 13th edition of First Line Friday! It’s pretty much been business as usual this week, although on Monday I did get to have coffee with a friend who I don’t see often, so it started very well! My reading is trying to get out of hand, as I’ve now got seven books on my “currently reading” list when I usually have only three or four.
Since today is a Friday the 13th (insert spooky sound effects here. Then insert an eye roll and disbelieving sigh), I’ve decided to share the first line of the Neil Gaiman book I’m reading: Neverwhere. As mentioned in my recent library haul/mailbox Monday post, I do not usually read the kind of books that Gaiman writes. However, I have heard so much about his writing that I’ve decided to try one. Admittedly, part of the reason I chose this specific book is because it is shorter than most. Still, I am already astounded by the world-building and all around fantastic writing in Neverwhere. I’m not sure how I feel about the story yet, and I do not like how few key details I have at the moment, but I’m not very far in yet. Here’s the first line of the prologue:
The night before he went to London, Richard Mayhew was not enjoying himself.
And, because I personally think it adds to the intrigue, here is the first line of the first chapter:
She had been running for four days now, a harum-scarum tumbling flight through passages and tunnels.
Author: Neil Gaiman
Genre: Fantasy, Urban/Suspense
Original Publication Date: September 16, 1996
Synopsis (From Goodreads): Neverwhere is the story of Richard Mayhew, a young London businessman with a good heart and an ordinary life, which is changed forever when he is plunged through the cracks of reality into a world of shadows and darkness—the Neverwhere. If he is ever to return to the London Above, Richard must join the battle to save this strange underworld kingdom from the malevolence that means to destroy it
First Line Friday is a weekly linkup hosted at Hoarding Books. To participate, share the first line of a book of your choice, add the link to the linkup on the host’s page, and check out what others are reading and sharing!
What are you reading this week? Have you read any of Gaiman’s work?
Until the next chapter,