A brilliant and witty piece of storytelling that I thoroughly enjoyed although I took my time to read it due to the style of Gaiman's writing and the cruise I was on. I will keep this review short as I have little to add to the numerous reviews about the book merely stating that if you haven't read this read it. I will eagerly devour more of Gaiman's books when possible.
This is sort of an adult's version of [b:Alice in Wonderland|13023|Alice in Wonderland|Lewis Carroll|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1166512952s/13023.jpg|2933712]. An odd idea since Alice in Wonderland
is in many ways already very adult. Also odd since it doesn't have many of the features we associate with 'adult books'. There is very little cursing, very little sexuality and in fact the only thing I think that makes it 'adult' is the mature nature of the themes.
This is a fine urban fantasy but with this book Gaiman's writing ran cold for me and wasn't as gripping as in his other books that I've read. To be fair this was also my first taste of his novels and perhaps he is an acquired taste. Or perhaps he is more of an ideas person with some beautiful and florid writing. There is something about his pacing and plotting that occasionally rubs me up the wrong way. That's the moment that I frown and go 'hmmm' when something doesn't quite fit with me in terms of style, expression or pacing. I do hope it's not his Britishness...
Either way this is a fantasy novel to read. It has magic, an angel, rats and rat speakers and other bizarre and fascinating characters. Just what you want in a fantasy or any fairytale type of book.