Neverwhere

By Neil Gaiman

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Avon Books, 1998, c1997

Genres: Fantasy, contemporary fantasy, urban fantasy, dark fantasy, mythic fiction, horror

ISBN: 9780380789016

Intended audience: Adult

Number of pages: 370

Setting: London, England

Time period: mid 1990s

Plot summary: When Richard Mayhew stops to help a bleeding girl one night, his life takes a turn for the worse.  He soon finds himself an outcast to the world he has always known.  Worse yet, his life has been threatened and there is no place he can go for help except into the strange and terrifying underworld known as London Below.

Appeal factors:

Pacing: The story has a bit of an erratic pace.  Generally, it is a fast paced story with plenty of action, but certain parts of the book move much quicker than others.

Characterization: Told in third person.  The primary perspective is Richard’s, but the story is also told through many other unique characters, including Door and the marquis de Carabas.

Frame: While London Below is connected to London Above, it is a separate world entirely.  While it contains many terrifying people and creatures, it also is home to some compassionate    souls and teems with magic.

Story line: A humorous and entertaining story about life, friendship, relationships, and realizing one’s goals.

Subject headings:

From PCPL:

Subways — England — London — Fiction.

London (England) — Fiction.

Horror fiction

Similar authors: Charles de Lint, Tim Powers, Clive Barker, Terry Pratchett, Martin Miller

Personal notes: Not one of my favorites by Gaiman, but I enjoyed it.

Other (themes, diversity): Diversity – female warrior, ratspeakers

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