Saturday, 13 November 2010

Anansi Boys - Book Review

Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

What is it about:
Fat Charlie Nancy's normal life ended the moment his father dropped dead on a Florida karaoke stage. Charlie didn't know his dad was a god. And he never knew he had a brother.

Now brother Spider's on his doorstep -- about to make Fat Charlie's life more interesting... and a lot more dangerous.

What did I think of it:
Some of you may know that American Gods is one of my all time favourite books. So when I heard that Anansi Boys featured one of the gods from that book I just had to read it.

And Anansi Boys doesn't disappoint.

It's well written and has all the wit I've come to expect from Gaiman. Charlie is a great character and very likeable. This likeability made that I despised his brother Spider who makes Charlie's life hell and I cheered every time Charlie managed to overcome the obstacles he encounters in this story. The stories about Anansi that are told throughout the book may be old to those people already familiar with Anansi, but as I only heard of him in American Gods the stories were new to me and I was intrigued by this trickster deity.

Why should you read it:
It's well written, fun and witty!


titania86 said...

I love Neil Gaiman and this is one of the few of books of his I haven't read yet. I will definitely bump this to the top of my reading list.

Carolyn Crane said...

Great review! I didn't know you liked Gaiman! I just saw a quote from American Gods the other day, something like, "every hour wounds; the last hour kills." LOL. He is so amazing.

Sullivan McPig said...

I've loved Gaiman ever since I discovered his Sandman comics years ago. He's indeed an amazing writer.