Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

by Neil Gaiman

Title: Neverwhere

Genre: Fantasy

Publication Date: 1996

Number of Pages: 369

Geographical Setting: London

Time Period: Contemporary

Plot Summary: Through assisting an injured young woman, thirty year old Richard Mayhew’s formerly normal life is turned upside down when she introduces him to London Below, an underground version of London unseen by most people. They embark on a quest to find her father’s murderer and along the way he learns of undiscovered personal strengths.  He yearns to return to London Above, but after the adventure below will he ever fit in there again?

Subject Headings:  Fantasy fiction, London

Appeal: accessible, magical, hopeful, unique, candid, darker, lighthearted, suspenseful, quirky, imaginative, mystical

3 terms that best describe this book:  humorous, realistic but fantastic, adventurous

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:

  1. Underground by David MacAulay (Illustrations and text about how the Underground system operates.)
  2. The Groundwater Diaries: Trials, Tributaries and Tall Stories from Beneath the Streets of London by Tim Bradford (A travelogue with the same setting as Gaiman’s novel.)
  3. Michael Brein’s Guide to the London Underground by Michael Brein (a guidebook of all of the tube stations.)

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

  1. The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle (combines magic with normal life)
  2. The Last Hot Time by John M. Ford (deals with a gritty parallel world)
  3. Freedom and Necessity by Emma Bull and Steven Brust (another fantasy novel with crosses worlds)

Name: Laura Melton


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