Richard Mayhew is a young man with a good heart and an ordinarylife, which is changed forever when he stops to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk. His small act of kindness propels him into a world he never dreamed existed. There are people who fall through the cracks, and Richard has become one of them. And he must learn to survive in this city of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels, if he is ever to return to the London that he knew.

March 17, 1996  |  400 pages
(Rated on Sep 3, 2013)
Grade: B–    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 70% Entertainment, 30% Literature
Writing Quality:
Low High
Low High

Low High
Movie Potential:
Low High

Low High
Sequel Potential:
Low High
I want to like Gaiman's books, but Richard is just such a whiny sod that I can't root for him. Reading Gaiman is almost like reading Douglas Adams, but there is some key element missing making you wish there was another installment of Hitchhiker's Guide hidden away.  (+1 vote)