|Plot Summary of Neverwhere|
Richard Mayhew, a young Scot who has been working in an office in London for three years and dating a rich girl, encounters a wounded girl in the street and decides to help her. "Door," as she is known, turns out to be a magical being from London Below, the rich and dangerous universe of talking creatures, spirits good and evil, and street people that inhabit the London subway system, abandoned tunnels, and other areas below the city. When Richard tries to return to his life, he finds he has ceased to exist: nobody knows him at his office, his girlfriend doesn't recognize him, his ATM card is invalid. Two killer/torturers named Croup and Vandemar are hunting for Door, and as Richard gets sucked into their underworld, he meets all manner of warriors, con people, and even an angel named Islington. Gaiman's tale is imaginative, thrilling, and extremely well done.
This synopsis report prepared by David Loftus
Richard Mayhew helps a begger on the street and throws his whole life into an alternate London (Below). He is no longer recognized by those he knows. One good deed becomes a desparate fight for survival.
This synopsis report prepared by Sue Wipperling
This book is essentialy about a normal man living in present day London who gets pulled into the dark underworld of the subway system. Slowly creating a group of friends, he must find a way to save the underworlders and return to his own life. The problem being, his own life ceases to exist when he enters the underworld, and no one knows how to reverse it. Great book!
This synopsis report prepared by Judley
|Chapter Analysis of Neverwhere|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 30%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 20%
Tone of book
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- part earth & part fantasy world
Explore/1st contact/ enviro story
- on a parallel earth in another dimension
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- business executive
- Domed/Underground City
- 20th century
Takes place on Earth?
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- none/very little science jargon needed
Sex in book?
How much dialogue?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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