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
(Read from Sep 6, 2013 to Sep 10, 2013)
Grade: B+    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 50% Literature, 50% Entertainment
Writing Quality:
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Movie Potential:
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Sequel Potential:
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The world-building and scenery was especially enchanting, as I just returned from a trip to London. The main characters were interesting but I often found them one-dimensional, with the exception of the marquis de carabas. I also did not find myself that invested in the plot; I was more captivated by the people and settings of London Below than by the protagonist's quest. That being said, it was a very unique, witty, and entertaining read, which made me intrigued to read more of Gaiman's work.  (+5 votes)