Author: Gaiman, Neil

Title: Neverwhere

Genre: Fantasy

Publication Date: 1997

Number of Pages: 370

Geographical Setting: London, England

Time Period: Contemporary

Series (If applicable): N/A

Plot Summary: Richard Mayhew, a young man with a steady job and a demanding fiancée, is living a perfectly normal life in London, until one night he encounters a young woman bleeding on the sidewalk and comes to her aid. After helping this young woman named Door, Richard finds himself part of a world that exists under London where rats rule and is filled with strange people and creatures who have fallen through the cracks of Upper London. Door is being pursued by the diabolical Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar, who have already killed the rest of her family, and Richard joins Door on a quest to find out why her family has been killed and why she is next. The quest takes Richard into a dark and dangerous world that will change his life forever.

Subject Headings: London, Urban Fantasy, Adventure/Quest

Appeal: Menacing Atmosphere, Dark Humor, Suspenseful, Multiple Points of View, Eccentric characters, Imaginative, Violent, Character-centered, Plot Twists, Descriptive, Urban, Gritty

3 appeal terms that best describe this book: Imaginative, Violent, Urban

Similar Authors and Works (why are they similar?): Terry Pratchett, Stephen King, Charles de Lint, Robin McKinley. According to NoveList, readers who enjoy the humor in Neil Gaiman’s books, will enjoy Terry Pratchett’s British humor (The Color of Magic). Stephen King’s fantasy novels are darkly humorous (The Gunslinger). Charles de Lint and Robin McKinley write urban fantasy novels (The Onion Girl, Sunshine)

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

1) London Under: The Secret History Beneath The Streets by Peter Ackroyd. The author takes the reader into the fascinating, hidden world beneath Modern-day London.

2) Rats: Observations o the History and Habitat of the City’s Most Unwanted Inhabitants by Robert Sullivan. This book contains everything you ever wanted to know about the urban rat.

3) Secret London: Exploring the Hidden City with Original Walks and Unusual Places to Visit by Andrew Duncan. This would be the perfect book for anyone inspired by Neverwhere to explore hidden London on their own.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

1) The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett. This novel would appeal to readers who enjoyed the humor in Neverwhere.

2) Sunshine by Robin McKinley. This novel has dark humor and involves a quest with two unlikely companions.

3) The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King. This series features a quest across a dark landscape filled with dangerous creatures.

Name: Elizabeth Allen


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