I just read Stardust by Neil Gaiman in less than a week. Which was much better than the year+ it took me to finish Neverwhere. I think the big difference between the two books, because both have amazing description and really transported me into his worlds, was the main characters.
I had a hard time connecting with Richard in Neverwhere, because, while it was clear what he wanted, he was a whiny beotch throughout most of the story. Things happened to him, and he happened to make it through.
Tristran in Stardust seemed a much stronger character, with more obvious growth throughout the story. He knew what he wanted, and he actively fought for it against all odds. His journey was much more emotionally rewarding for me as I travelled alongside him.
Gaiman’s descriptions touched the senses and brought Faerie to life, making it seem like a real place. It was fun, and wonderous, and dangerous. There were twists that took me by surprise and made it a delightful journey.
All in all, I give this book a 4/5 Book Hangover rating.