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Anansi Boys, by Neil Gaiman

American Gods: the International Edition

Anansi Boys

William Morrow, 2005, 336 pages

God is dead. Meet the kids.

When Fat Charlie's dad named something, it stuck. Like calling Fat Charlie "Fat Charlie." Even now, twenty years later, Charlie Nancy can't shake that name, one of the many embarrassing "gifts" his father bestowed, before he dropped dead on a karaoke stage and ruined Fat Charlie's life.

Mr. Nancy left Fat Charlie things. Things like the tall, good-looking stranger who appears on Charlie's doorstep, who appears to be the brother he never knew. A brother as different from Charlie as night is from day, a brother who's going to show Charlie how to lighten up and have a little fun, just like Dear Old Dad. And all of a sudden, life starts getting very interesting for Fat Charlie.

Because, you see, Charlie's dad wasn't just any dad. He was Anansi, a trickster god, the spider-god. Anansi is the spirit of rebellion, able to overturn the social order, create wealth out of thin air, and baffle the devil. Some said he could cheat even Death himself.

In which Neil Gaiman returns to very familiar territory. One might even say well-worn territory. Possibly territory that has been trodden and flattened underfoot.


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Jul. 28th, 2012 03:43 am (UTC)
I actually quite liked this one. Much more internal consistency than A.G., and I found the characters more sympathetic, as well.
Jul. 28th, 2012 09:14 pm (UTC)
i don't think i've read american gods, but i read this and liked it... >_< it was a bit cheesy in parts, perhaps... dunno. but i'm pretty sure i liked it a fair amount ^_^
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