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If you like Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

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Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman: 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.

If you enjoyed this book's real-world fantasy setting and morally ambiguous characters, here are some other titles you may enjoy:

Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips
The twelve gods of Olympus are alive and well in the twenty-first century, but they are crammed together in a London townhouse--and none too happy about it. Even more disturbingly, their powers are waning.... [and] a minor squabble between Aphrodite and Apollo escalates into an epic battle of wills. Two perplexed humans, Alice and Neil, who are caught in the crossfire, must fear not only for their own lives, but for the survival of humankind. Nothing less than a true act of heroism is needed-but can these two decidedly ordinary people replicate the feats of the mythical heroes and save the world? (worldcat.org)

Little, Big by John Crowley
Little, Big tells the epic story of Smoky Barnable -- an anonymous young man who meets and falls in love with Daily Alice Drinkwater, and goes to live with her in Edgewood, a place not found on any map. In an impossible mansion full of her relatives, who all seem to have ties to another world not far away, Smoky fathers a family and tries to learn what tale he has found himself in -- and how it is to end. (worldcat.org)

 

Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock
In a remote corner of England in three square miles of undisturbed virgin forest, mythical beings maintain a real existence. (worldcat.org)

 

 


Scar Night by Alan Campbell
When one of the inhabitants of Deepgate, a city suspended by giant chains over a seemingly bottomless abyss, turns traitor, an untested boy and a psychotic murderer venture into the abyss in search of a powerful magic rumored to lie there. (worldcat.org)

 

 

Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
Only once in a great while does a writer come along who defies comparison -- a writer so original he redefines the way we look at the world. Neal Stephenson is such a writer and Snow Crash is such a novel, weaving virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cyber-sensibility to bring us the gigantic thriller of the information age. In reality, Hiro Protagonist delivers pizza for Uncle Enzo's Cosa Nostra Inc., but it the Metaverse he's a warrior prince. Plunging headlong into the enigma of a new computer virus that's striking down hackers everywhere, he races along the neon-lit streets on a search-and-destroy mission for the shadowy virtual villain threatening to bring about infocalypse. (worldcat.org)


Storm Front by Jim Butcher (Dresden Files series, book 1)
Harry Dresden is the best at what he does. Well, technically, he's the only at what he does. So when the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal creativity or capabililty, they come to him for answers. For the "everyday" world is actually full of strange and magical things-and most of them don't play well with humans. That's where Harry comes in. Takes a wizard to catch a-well, whatever. (worldcat.org)

 


Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin
New York City is subsumed in arctic winds, dark nights, and white lights, its life unfolds, for it is an extraordinary hive of the imagination, the greatest house ever built, and nothing exists that can check its vitality. One night in winter, Peter Lake--orphan and master-mechanic, attempts to rob a fortress-like mansion on the Upper West Side. (amazon.com)
 

 

You may also enjoy some of Neil Gaiman's other novels in a similar vein, such as:

American Gods by Neil Gaiman
A master of inventive fiction pens the story of an ex-con who is offered a job as a bodyguard for Mr. Wednesday, a trickster and a rogue. Shadow soon learns that his role in the man's schemes are far more dangerous and dark than he could have ever imagined. (worldcat.org)
 

 

Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
His past marked by his father's embarrassing taunts and untimely death, Fat Charlie meets the brother he never knew and is introduced to new and exciting ways to spend his time. (worldcat.org)

 

 

You may also enjoy the following graphics novel series:

Fables: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham
The "Fables" [i.e. various characters from fairy tales and folklore] have been forced out of their Homelands by "The Adversary" who has conquered the realm. The Fables traveled to the "real world" and form a clandestine community in New York City known as Fabletown. Fables who are unable to blend in with human society (such as monsters and anthropomorphic animals) live at "the Farm" in upstate New York. (worldcat.org)