By Neil Gaiman
Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Avon Books, 1998, c1997
Genres: Fantasy, contemporary fantasy, urban fantasy, dark fantasy, mythic fiction, horror
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.
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.
Subways — England — London — Fiction.
London (England) — 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