Posts Tagged ‘darker’

Man in the Picture

August 1, 2012

Author: Hill, Susan

Title: The Man in the Picture: A Ghost Story

Genre: Horror

Publication Date: 2008

Number of Pages: 160 p.

Geographical Setting: Cambridge, England and Venice, Italy

Time Period: Unspecified, but likely in the 1900s

Series: N/A

Plot Summary: This fast-paced, old-fashioned ghost story begins with the narrator, Oliver, visiting his old tutor, Theo Parmitter, at Cambridge on a cold winter night.  While the two friends have had many conversations over the years, Theo chooses this night to tell Oliver the tale of his acquisition of an 18th century painting of Venetian revelers.  While his story starts as a regular trip to an art auction, it soon becomes evident that the painting is more than meets the eye.  As Theo tells Oliver the story of Lady Hawdon and the full history of love, revenge, and death behind the painting, the present starts to mirror the past in dangerous and mysterious ways.  Can Theo and Oliver escape the curse of the painting before it’s too late?  The novel alternates between the points of view of Oliver, Theo, Lady Hawdon, and Oliver’s fiancée, Anne.  Susan Hill uses concise chapters and descriptions to create an atmospheric, eerie, chilling, and suspenseful story of a painting that may be more real and powerful than anyone can imagine.

Subject Headings: Spirits; Carnival; Auctions; Wedding Presents; Portraits; Revenge; Universities and Colleges—England— Cambridge; Cambridge, England; Venice, Italy; Suspense Stories; Horror Stories; Ghost Stories;

Appeal: fast-paced, atmospheric, chilling, creepy, dangerous, darker, disturbing, foreboding, haunting, menacing, mysterious, nightmare, suspenseful, familiar intelligent characters, quirky and dangerous secondary characters, cinematic, layered, plot twists, tragic, atmospheric gothic setting, classic language, concise, dramatic, polished, restrained, vivid

3 Terms that Best Describe This Book: mysterious, atmospheric, haunting

Similar Authors and Works:

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

Lore of the Ghost: The Origins of the Most Famous Ghost Stories Throughout the World by Brian Haughton and illustrated by Daniele Serra is a thought-provoking and vivid book about the history of ghost stories and an analysis of people’s fascination with the supernatural.  Like The Man in the Picture: A Ghost Story by Susan Hill, this haunting book focuses on the subject of spirits and old-fashioned gothic ghost stories.

Haunted England: Royal Spirits, Castle Ghosts, Phantom Coaches, and Wailing Ghouls by Terence Whitaker is an eerie book about various hauntings throughout England’s history.  Like The Man in the Picture: A Ghost Story by Susan Hill, this creepy book highlights the subjects of spirits and ghost stories in the same setting of England.

Vanished Smile: The Mysterious Theft of Mona Lisa by R. A. Scotti is a fascinating book about the disappearance and return of one of the most famous portraits of all time.  Like The Man in the Picture: A Ghost Story by Susan Hill, this book tells a mysterious and suspenseful story about a portrait

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier is a classic horror story about a woman, Mrs. Maxim de Winter, moving into the eerie home of her new husband, where the housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers, constantly reminds the new Mrs. Maxim de Winter of how inferior she is to the deceased first wife, Rebecca.  Like The Man in the Picture: A Ghost Story by Susan Hill, this well-written book with plot twists focuses on an atmospheric and haunting story in England about disturbed women as secondary characters who cannot cope with past events and attempt to destroy other women’s lives as a result.

The Uninvited by John Farris is a suspenseful ghost story about a woman, Barry Brennan, who finds a man one day who may or may not be real as she mourns the death of her boyfriend.  Like The Man in the Picture: A Ghost Story by Susan Hill, this book tells a fast-paced disturbing ghost story about art, characters who cannot forget tragic relationships, and how fantasy can become reality.

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde is a gothic horror story about a handsome man who never ages while a portrait of him reflects his moral decline.  Like The Man in the Picture: A Ghost Story by Susan Hill, this book is a horror story with plot twists focused on a haunted portrait with special powers that takes place in England and contains characters who gradually give in to evil activities.

Interview with the Vampire

August 1, 2012

Author: Anne Rice

Title:  Interview with the Vampire

Genre:  Horror

Publication Date: 1976

Number of Pages:  342

Geographical Setting:  New Orleans and various cities around the world

Time Period: 1790s-modern day

Series (If applicable):  The Vampire Chronicles #1

Plot Summary:

Through an interview with a mortal, the vampire Louis tells the story of both his mortal and immortal life.  Louis was a rich plantation owner in New Orleans in the late 18th century.  After his brother died, Louis became depressed and wanted to die, Lestat, a vampire, helps Louis by killing him and turning him into a vampire.  Louis and Lestat are then bonded together, despite the fact that Louis despises his maker.  Louis accidentally changes a young girl, Claudia, into a vampire and the two of them band together against Lestat, eventually fleeing to Europe to find other vampires.  Lestat, however, is not as keen to be rid of Louis.  Interview with the Vampire presents a well written and researched look at the vampire myth.

Subject Headings:  Horror—Fiction, Vampire—Fiction, American—Fiction, New Orleans, Europe

Appeal:  Measured Pace, Atmospheric, Chilling, Darker, Suspenseful, Character-Driven, Cinematic, Interview Setting, Historic Frame, Colorful, Descriptive, Elegant, Literary

3 terms that best describe this book:  Suspenseful, Character-Driven, Literary

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

The Vampire Companion by Katherine Ramsland

Written as a guide to the world of Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles series, this book helps gives new readers a better understanding of the characters and times.  The companion book also helps avid followers of the series keep characters and settings clear.  Readers who want to know more about Anne Rice’s novels should definitely check this book out.

The Vampire Book by J. Gordon Melton

For readers who want to know more about vampire culture in general, where it came from, how it evolved, etc., Melton’s book provides information on all things vampire.  The book is an A-Z bibliographic guide.

The World that Made New Orleans: From Spanish Silver to Congo Square by Ned Sublette

The New Orleans setting of Interview with the Vampire acts almost as a character throughout the story, because it constantly pulls at Louis, trying to bring him back home.  This book provides historical information about this fascinating American city.  Readers who want to know more about the city’s history will find ample information in this book.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Readers who enjoyed the overwhelming sense of dread and Interview with The Vampire unfolded will no doubt enjoy one of the most famous vampire books of all time.  Stoker’s story follows several storylines unfolding around the mysterious Count Dracula as he moves from Eastern Europe to England.

Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist

A more modern day vampire story, Let the Right One In uses the same foreboding tone of Rice’s story, with a younger protagonist.  This book also delves into children being turned into vampires, like Claudia in Interview.

Dead until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse #1) by Charlaine Harris

With the same Louisiana setting as Interview with the Vampire, but set in the present day, the Sookie Stackhouse series follows Sookie, a young woman who falls in love with a vampire, Bill Compton.  The series uses similar atmospheric, mystical tones to Interview in order to describe the location.

Name: Erin Sloan

The Calling of the Grave

April 18, 2012

nullAuthor:  Simon Beckett

Title:  The Calling of the Grave

Genre:  Suspense, Audiobook

Publication Date:  February 2011

Number of Pages:  336, 9 hrs and 54 mins

Geographical Setting:  England

Time Period:  Eight years ago and present

Series (If applicable):  Dr. David Hunter series (book 4)

Plot Summary:

Eight years ago, forensic anthropologist Dr. David Hunter was helping the police attempt to locate the bodies of two teenage girls.  The man who confessed to and was convicted for their murder, Jerome Monk, was brought out of prison in order to help the police locate the burial site.  When Monk’s involvement ends in violence, the search is called off.  In the intervening eight years, David’s life has changed in ways that he couldn’t have imagined, but he’s shocked when the lead investigator in the missing girl’s case shows up on his doorstep to tell him that Jerome Monk has escaped from prison and might be targeting people involved in the previous investigation.  Quickly following that, a call from a woman he briefly met on the investigation eight years prior involves David in a quest to locate the murderer and ensure the safety of himself, Sophie, and anybody else involved in the investigation.  The narrator, Jonathan Keeble, gives the audiobook the appropriate sense of foreboding and helps to drive this suspenseful, fast-paced story to its conclusion.

Subject Headings:

Forensic anthropologists — Fiction.

Murder — Investigation — Fiction.

England — Fiction.

Hunter, David (Fictitious character) — Fiction.

Mystery fiction.

Detective and mystery stories.

Serial murder investigation–Fiction.

Appeal:  fast-paced, chilling, darker, menacing atmosphere, plot-centered, violent, straightforward, evocative setting, investigative, plot twists, suspenseful, foreboding, gritty

3 appeal terms that best describe this book:  fast-paced, suspenseful, violent

Similar Authors and Works (why are they similar?):

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

Dead Men Do Tell Tales: The Strange and Fascinating Cases of a Forensic Anthropologist–William R. Maples:  This book gives the reader insight into the real experiences of a man in the same field as David Hunter.

Murder in the First-Class Carriage: The First Victorian Railway Killing–Kate Colquhoun:  This true story is a suspenseful murder story set in England, with the extra bonus of historical accuracy.

Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders–Vincent Bugliosi:  This true crime book describes how Charles Manson made his followers commit murder, the investigation, and the ensuing trials.  This is a gritty, faced-paced book with a menacing tone.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

Flesh and Bones—Kathy Reichs:  Like David Hunter, Temperance Brennan is a forensic anthropologist investigating murders in this series of suspenseful, fast-paced novels.

Private—James Patterson:  This is another fast-paced suspense novel, but the investigator in this book is dealing with cold cases, like David Hunter does in this book.

Dead End—Leigh Russell:  Another novel that is a part of a series, this suspense story also takes place in small-town England, features violence against women, and serial killers.

Name:  Amanda

Fun Home

April 11, 2012

Author: Alison Bechdel

Genre: Autobiography; Graphic novels (Nonfiction); Memoirs; Family and relationships; Adult books for young adults;

Publication Date: 2006

Number of Pages: 232

Geographical Setting: Pennsylvania

Time Period:  1960’s – early 1980’s

Series (If applicable): n/a

Plot Summary: This graphic memoir—graphic as in comic strip, not explicit (though there is an explicit moment)—centers around the author’s slow revelation that she is a lesbian and her relationship with her closeted English teacher/historical house restorer/funeral home director father.  It’s full of references to Greek myths and American novels and plays that will please literary folks and non-literary types as the graphic representations help convey the meaning of the references.  This dark but not depressing multiple award nominee and winner will appeal to readers that like a more mature coming-of-age memoir.

Subject Headings: Bechdel, Alison, 1960 – Comic books, strips, etc.; Father and daughter; Closet gay men; Lesbian teenagers – Coming out; Brothers; English language teachers;  Gay men; Undertakers and undertaking; Parent and child; Children of divorced parents; Funeral homes; Teacher-student relationships; Divorce; Death; Historic preservation; Cartoonists – United States.

Appeal: candid; darker; humorous; introspective; melancholy; moving; moody; poignant; reflective; sophisticated; thoughtful; eccentric; quirky; realistic; sympathetic; well-developed; authentic; character-centered; issue-oriented; literary references; accurate; contemporary; accessible; chatty; conversational; direct; frank; informal; smart; straightforward; witty; award winner.

3 appeal terms that best describe this book: witty; reflective; candid

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

Epileptic by David B.  This is another moving and thoughtful memoir told in a graphic medium.  Epileptic, like Fun Home, is about a family with problems and how the author came out of the experience, though the problems are different.

You’ll Never Know by Carol Tyler.  This moving and thoughtful story is the first book in this 3-part graphic novel/memoir that centers around the author’s relationship with her father and how it affected her later relationships.  Bechdel’s memoir Fun Home is also a moving and thoughtful graphic novel/memoir that focuses on her relationship with her father.

Running with Scissors by August Burroughs.  It’s not a graphic novel but, like Fun HomeRunning with Scissors is a candid, engaging and witty coming-of-age memoir.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

A Family Matter by Will Eisner.  Though this candid graphic novel only covers a day in the life, it too reveals family secrets that include suppressed dark family secrets.

Martin Bauman: or, A Sure Thing by David Leavitt is also a character-driven, moody and witty coming-of-age novel. Though this tale about an insecure writer struggling to come out of the closet may be based on the author’s own life, it seems that Leavitt may have also had a mentor-type figure that strongly shaped the author’s life.

Escape from “Special” by Miss Lasko-Gross is a coming-of-age graphic novel of a girl trying to get through a difficult childhood with hippie parents.  The muted colors of the artwork is similar to Fun Home (Fun Home uses grayish blues and Escape uses smoky grays) in that it evokes a moody tone throughout the darkly humorous story.

Name: Ally C.

World War Z

April 4, 2012

Author: Max Brooks

Title: World War Z

Genre: Horror

Publication Date: 2006

Number of pages: 320

Geographical Setting: Global

Time Period: not too distant future

Series (if applicable): N/A

Plot Summary: This book takes place after the zombie war has already occurred. Compiling interviews from all sorts of people from many different countries, Brooks attempts to piece together exactly what happened when the dead began to rise. Interviews range from doctors to American housewives to body guards to war veterans, detailing where they were when they discovered this disease wasn’t “rabies” like they were told, and how the world eventually conquered over two million walking corpses. The pacing is moderate, but the short interviews from so many different types of people make this a page turner. Highlights include the doctor in China who discovers “Patient Zero”, a twelve-year old boy who had been bitten while swimming, the body guard assigned to protect a mansion full of rich people and celebrities from zombies while they get filmed to the masses, and a Japanese warrior monk who recounts how he escaped a high rise full of zombies back when he was a socially awkward computer nerd. Part war novel and part survival guide, this book will keep the reader up at night planning out his/her escape route for when the undead come scratching at the door.

Subject Headings: undead, zombies, diseases, epidemics, supernatural, survival (after epidemics) war.

Appeal: builds in intensity, measured, chilling, darker, nightmare, deadpan, intriguing, multiple points of view, explicitly violent, action-oriented, political, stark, conversational, journalistic, straight-forward, well-crafted, well-researched.

3 appeal terms that best describe this book: chilling, multiple points of view, explicitly violent.

Similar Authors and Works (why are they similar?):

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:

1. Emergency Food Storage & Survival Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to Keep Your Family Safe in a Crisis by Peggy Layton.

If after reading World War Z, you are feeling less than prepared for the zombie apocalypse, or any other disaster, this book will teach you how to equip your home with food, water, medical supplies and fuel.

2. The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic–and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World by Steven Johnson.

One of the terrifying aspects of zombie lore is that it begins as a disease and turns into an epidemic that no one knows how to cure. The Ghost Map chronicles such an epidemic when cholera breaks out over London in 1854.

3. Passage of Darkness: The Ethnobiology of the Haitian Zombie by Wade Davis.

Zombie mythology originates from Haitian voodoo (voudon), and is an unfortunate stereotype of a complex religion. Davis explains how one goes about making a zombie (a harsh punishment exacted to someone found guilty of a heinous crime), as well as the politics of Haitian culture.


3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:

1. Let The Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist.

Twelve-year-old Oskar has a crush on the new girl (“I’m not a girl,” she keeps telling him) living next door, who only comes out at night. Both bone-chilling and heart-warming at the same time, this updated take on classic vampires who drink real blood and don’t sparkle, compels the reader to fall in love with Eli and root for her no matter how gruesome her actions become.


2. Prodigal Son by Dean Koontz and Kevin J. Anderson

In Koontz’s take on Frankenstein, 7 foot monster Deucalion is living peacefully in a Tibetan monastery when he discovers that his creator is still alive and living in New Orleans. Deucalion must track him down before he creates an army of “posthumans” that take over the world.


3, The Wolfen by Whitley Streiber.

Two detectives in New York discover a secret pack of werewolves preying on weak humans who won’t be missed. Streiber plays with the werewolf myth to create a separate race of wolf-men with heightened sense of smell and hearing and superhuman intelligence.


Name: Jessica

The Emperor’s Knife

February 15, 2012

Author: Mazarkis Williams

Title: The Emperor’s Knife

Genre: Fantasy Fiction

Publication Date: 2011

Number of Pages: 346

Geographical Setting: Nooria

Time Period: n/a

Plot Summary: Many, many characters come together in the name of the Cerani kingdom – a kingdom that means something different to everyone. In the time of a plague where the sick are marked with patterns before they are turned into zombie like creatures, the Emperor is in dire need of an heir. The Emperor’s brothers have all been put to death by the Assassin (who wields the Emperor’s Knife) to prevent them from fighting one another for power over the kingdom. Only one brother, Prince Sarmin, was saved. Locked up and forgotten in the Castle, Sarmin now might be the only chance for an heir to the throne. The Vizier Tuvaini and the Emperor’s mother have other plans for the throne.Series: First book of the Tower and Knife Trilogy

Subject Headings: Plague – Fiction, Conspiracies – Fiction.

Appeal: leisurely paced, darker, multiple points of view, detailed, political, complex, world-building, character-driven, exotic, mathematical, violent, multiple plot lines

3 Appeal Terms that Best Describe the Book: dark, multiple plot lines, character-driven

Similar Authors and Works (why are they similar?):

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors: Pattern Theory: From Representation to Inference (Oxford Studies in Modern European Culture) by Ulf Grenander (The Emperor’s Knife relies heavily on the use and finding of patterns, the Pattern is the disease in the book), The Assassin Legends: Myths of the Isma’ilis by Farhad Daftary (This book is about the history and myths of Assassins in the Middle East centuries ago), The Great Mortality: An Intimate History of the Black Death, the Most Devastating Plague of All Time by John Kelly (This book is about the Black Plague in 1347, medieval setting similar to Emperor’s Knife by the medieval setting and an unstoppable plague).

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors: The Runelords by David Farland (both write world-building novels about Kingdoms and Rulers), Hunter’s Run by George R.R. Martin (both write fantasy about rulers and assassins, this book includes violence, flashbacks and being hunted by an overseer like Emperor’s Knife), Rhapsody by Elizabeth Haydon (both write world-building stories about assassins and magic).
name: Jaymie

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

February 15, 2012

Author: Ransom Riggs

Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Genre: Fantasy

Publication Date: 2011

Number of Pages: 352

Geographical Setting: Florida and Wales

Time Period: Present day and 1940

Series (If applicable): Second book forthcoming

Plot Summary: Sixteen year old Jacob has spent his life listening to his grandfather’s stories about growing up in a children’s home during World War II. He is regaled with stories of children who levitate, who can lift boulders, and who are invisible. As Jacob grows up he loses confidence in the truth of the stories, but never loses his affection for his grandfather. Life changes suddenly one day with his grandfather’s brutal murder, which sends Jacob on a downward spiral of depression. Then, in an effort to find the truth behind his grandfather’s life and death, he travels to the small, isolated Welsh island where the children’s home was located. On this lonely island Jacob discovers more about his grandfather and himself than he could have imagined. He finds an island filled with peculiar children, dangerous monsters, and long-kept secrets, and as the book progresses he finds his life becoming more and more inextricably linked to the island and its inhabitants. The photos included throughout the book add an air of authenticity to this atmospheric, captivating mystery.

Subject Headings: Orphanages — Fiction.
Islands — Fiction.
Mystery and detective stories.

Appeal: atmospheric, haunting, magical, vivid characters, complex, imaginative, accessible, darker, open-ended, dramatic, engrossing, compelling

3 appeal terms that best describe this book: atmospheric, imaginative, compelling

Similar Authors and Works (why are they similar?):
3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

The Lost Children: Reconstructing Europe’s Families after World War II, Tara Zahara—Deals with child refugees, family relationships and World War II.
American Sideshow: An Encyclopedia of History’s Most Wondrous and Curiously Strange Performers, Marc Hartzman—Profiles many people whose unusual characteristics made them a success as sideshow performers.

A History of Wales, John Davies—Provides background information about the area in which most of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children takes place.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

The Secret Hour, Scott Westerfield—Features children with secret powers facing monsters/predators, storyline contains elements of time shifting, and the story is compelling and suspenseful.

The Aviary, Kathleen O’Dell—Contains magical elements, the plotline features family secrets and mystery elements, and is suspenseful, atmospheric and magical.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close—Jonathan Safran Foer—Dark story with fascinating characters, and featuring images that assist in the storytelling.

Name: Amanda

Paradise by Toni Morrison

April 20, 2011

Paradise by Toni MorrisonAuthor: Toni Morrison

Title: Paradise

Genre: Literary Fiction / Mystery / Bestseller (Oprah’s Book Club)

Publication Date: 1997

Number of Pages: 318

Geographical Setting: Mostly rural Oklahoma

Time Period: 1940s – 1970s, with flashbacks

Series (If applicable): none

Plot Summary: The legacy of an all-black town and the interwoven histories of its founding families dance around each other, while also playing into the murderous rage directed at a nearby “Convent,” where four women with painful pasts have chosen to remain separated from the rest of society. Suspense, mystery and magical realism all play their parts.

Subject Headings: Rural America – Oklahoma, African Americans, Slavery, Civil Rights, History

Appeal: Deliberate, densely written, atmospheric, chilling, darker, dramatic, emotionally-charged, haunting, menacing atmosphere, uneasy, unsettling, detailed, well-developed, complex, flashbacks, layered, historical details, rural, literary

3 terms that best describe this book: haunting, complex, unsettling

Similar Authors and Works (why are they similar?):

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin – Race relations in America and the African-American experience.

Becoming Faulkner: the Art and Life of William Faulkner by Philip Weinstein – the subject of Toni Morrison’s Master’s Thesis and an oft-cited influence on her writing style.

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson – true stories of African-American migration told with compelling detail.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

A Plague of Doves by Louise Erdich – rural Western U.S, somewhat fractured storytelling, interwoven stories with dark pasts, human relationships, detailed and unsettling.

The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende – magical realism, lyrical prose, detailed and well-developed.

Beasts by Joyce Carol Oates – a haunting and disturbing tale driven by psychological suspense and the darker side of human nature.

Name: Genevieve Grove

Y: The Last Man: Unmanned, by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra

April 13, 2011

Author: Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra

Title: Y: The Last Man: Unmanned

Genre: Graphic novel, science fiction

Publication Date: 2002

Number of Pages: 126

Geographical Setting: Various U.S. cities (esp. Boston and Washington, D.C.), Australia, Israel

Time Period: Contemporary

Series (If applicable): Y: The Last Man (1st in the series)

Plot Summary: A mysterious plague abruptly wipes out every single male mammal on earth – with the exception of Yorick Brown, an escape artist in New York City, and his male Capuchin monkey, Ampersand.  Although Yorick has somehow mysteriously survived the plague, it’s uncertain whether he will survive the desires of the various factions that form in the plague’s aftermath.  The surviving members of the U.S. government (including Yorick’s mother) want Yorick to ensure the survival of the human race, while a group of extremist women known as Amazons, who think the world is better off without men, want Yorick dead.  All Yorick wants, however, is to reach his girlfriend Beth, in Australia – even with the help of the mysterious Agent 355, however, that’s no easy task.  Will Yorick be able to stay alive, solve the mystery of his immunity to the plague, ensure the survival of the human race, and find Beth in the process?

Subject Headings: Capuchin monkeys; Cloning; Escape artists; Extremists; Gender issues; Government factions; Israeli women soldiers; Plagues; Survivors; Women.

Appeal: accessible language, adventure-filled, darker, dystopian, engrossing, episodic, explicitly violent, fast-paced, hard-edged, strong language, vivid characters, witty

3 terms that best describe this book: post-apocalyptic, adventure-filled, vivid characters

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:

Serial No. 3817131, by Rachel Papo – A compelling, mostly visual (photography) book that explores gender roles through its photos of female Israeli soldiers (who also play a role in Y: The Last Man).

Points Unknown: The Greatest Adventure Writing of the 20th Century, edited by David Roberts – engrossing adventure writing about people being pushed to their limits.

Red Eye, Black Eye by K. Thor Jensen – a graphic novel suitable for either adults or young adults, with a young male protagonist whose world is disrupted, causing him to set out on a journey.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

-Children of Men, by P.D. James – engrossing, hard-edged, character-driven sci-fi story in which the survival of the human race is threatened because no more children are being / can be born.

The Walking Dead, by Robert Kirkman and Charles Adlard  – A graphic novel about an epidemic and the struggle to survive by those left behind. Like Y: The Last Man, this is also a winner of the Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series.

­-Albert and the Others, by Guy Delisle – Like Y: The Last Man, this is a graphic novel with black humor, that delves into gender issues and the relationship between men and women.

-Noelle Nightingale

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

February 15, 2011 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