Reminder to all who are catching up: There are spoilers for chapters 11 – 15 in the post below, and in the discussion comments. You have been fairly and freely warned!
Today’s featured photo is by @bookishsteph1 who has the most amazing bookshelves! What an incredible place to sit and read Neverwhere. We had so many different photos this week, everything from the Scottish Highlands to cozy fireplaces, making it very hard to choose as always. Make sure to visit the #babblingbooksRA tag to see everyone’s photos.
If you missed being chosen for the feature still post your pictures: I’m planning to make a collage of all my favourites (including some which missed out on features that I loved) once we finish reading!
Week 4 – Chapters 11 – 15
“I’m not scared of falling,” he told himself. “The bit I’m scared of is the bit where you stop falling, and start being dead.”
Honourable mention that made me laugh: “Can I help you?” said the footman. Richard had been told to fuck off and die with more warmth and good humour.
– Lamia (the Velvet)
What can I say but: WHY Hunter? WHY? I had hoped like many of you that Mr Croup & Mr Vandemar’s taunt had been nothing but a taunt, alas it was not to be. That said, I still love Hunter as a character, she is quite a unique figure, so single-minded in her outlook, as the master of her craft she seeks only the few true challenges that remain for her. My curiosity lingers over the ‘curse’ that prevents her going above, and I wonder if that will come back in some way.
In happier news the Marquis died, but then he came back. The Marquis is another one of those interesting characters. He’s such a trickster, a gambler who stacks the deck in his favour, and someone who takes his obligations seriously. His sense of honour reminds me of Tyrion from Game of Thrones, though unlike the other references throughout the book I doubt this one was intentional. Even if sometimes repaying a debt might hurt his pride or put him in danger – as in the case of helping Door to repay a debt owed to her father – the Marquis cannot shrink from his obligations. Which is noble in its own way, in contrast to his clearly very deceitful nature, and I love that tension.
There were some important moments in this section, though it was a short one. We learnt about Hunter’s passion, and of her betrayal (or perhaps simply deceit given she way not loyal in the first place), the Marquis lost his coat (and died and was resurrected), Richard realised he is no less strange than any of the people in the Floating Market (a stark contrast to his earlier opinions), we discovered that the Angel is behind all of this drama (but not its motives), Richard brave enough to retrieve the key, and then once again had the life sucked out of him by someone he thought cared for him (only this time it was more literal).
Gaiman always blows me away with just how much content is packed into very few words and pages. Even now, two thirds of the way through the book we are meeting new characters who feel richly ‘real’ rather than throw-away props for plot development. But enough from me, I want to know what you are thinking and feeling!
(Feel free to reply to each other, and to ignore my questions if you have something else to talk about!)
1. How are you feeling about Neverwhere with just 5 chapters to go?
2. What is your favourite quote from this section?
3. Do you feel like Richard has grown as a character, and what are the signs to you that he has/has not?
Next: Week 5 – Chapters 16 – 20
Discussion date: 30th October
Photo Challenge: #bookquotes – I’ve been asking to hear your favourite quote each week, and it is clear we are all having trouble choosing favourites! So your challenge is to choose the quote that is most meaningful to you and figure out a way to incorporate it into a photo, either in spirit or in text: go forth and be creative!
Remember to use the tag #BabblingBooksRA on your photos, and feel free to tag me @babblingbooks in your captions. I’ll be reviewing the tag throughout the week and choosing my favourites to be featured next Thursday.