maandag 28 maart 2016

Neil Gaiman: How the Marquis Got His Coat Back


How the Marquis Got His Coat Back is a 58-page novella by Neil Gaiman. It is set in London Below and it’s part of the Neverwhere world.

“The coat. It was elegant. It was beautiful. It was so close that he could have reached out and touched it.
And it was unquestionably his.”

                *  SPOILERS  *

I enjoyed this very short story back into the world I loved.
But I also felt like it didn’t live up to what I expected to get from it.
The Marquis is an amazing character on his own. Suddenly introducing his brother so he could be rescued twice felt almost like treachery to this self reliant, sarcastic, snarky character.
His brother made the Marquis feel less unique, daring and fascinating. Don’t get me wrong, I love that he has a brother and I love the sort of friendly competition going on, but they are too similar and that makes them both less interesting.
I loved the other characters and I really loved the world so it was a joy to be back.


Happy reading.