I have been a big fan of Neil Gaiman's work, and Anansi Boys does not disappoint.
We follow the story of Fat Charlie follow his fathers death. His fath...moreI have been a big fan of Neil Gaiman's work, and Anansi Boys does not disappoint.
We follow the story of Fat Charlie follow his fathers death. His father just happens to be the God Anansi. Through the course of the novel we meet Fat Charlies's girlfriend, who then becomes Spiders girlfriend. we meet Spider who is Fat Charlies brother, but as it turns out his other self split from him as a child. We meet Tiger, an ancient enemy of Anansi. And so many more. Through the novel Fat charlie is arrested, chased by police, used and abused by his brother and in the end, saves the day. It was a thorough story of a down and out nobody as he discovers his past and who he really is, a Demi-God.
I really enjoy Gaiman's story telling. And in Anansi Boys, he used far less language than he did in American Gods. I highly recommend this for anyone who read and liked American Gods, any Neil Gaiman fan, or anyone who enjoys a good modern fairy tale.(less)
Finally, John Flanagan gets back to a good story where the characters are themselves again. It has been beyond frustrating the last three books (Erak'...moreFinally, John Flanagan gets back to a good story where the characters are themselves again. It has been beyond frustrating the last three books (Erak's Ransom, The Kings of Clonmel & Halt's Peril), but John Flanagan has completely redeemed himself with this one. In fact, I believe this might even be my favorite of all of them so far. I loved this book from start to finish.
And for any fan of Horace, this is the book for you. This shows the high caliber of Horace's character and growth as a warrior and a human. His interactions with the Emperor and the rest of the Nihon-Ja is commendable.
The characters were top of their game, I could not ask for more!(less)
Good Grief where to begin with this one. Right off I will tell you this is my least favorite of all the Rangers Apprentice books by far.
We pick up th...moreGood Grief where to begin with this one. Right off I will tell you this is my least favorite of all the Rangers Apprentice books by far.
We pick up the trail on Tennison and his cult as Halt hunts him down for his crimes in Hibernia (Halt's home country, see The Kings of Clonmel by John Flanagan). What started as will being helpless turns into a full blown epidemic here. He can't do anything here unless Halt tells him what to do. The author has done a real disservice to Will in these last two books to be sure. He took will from a confident smart young Ranger to a whining useless less than first year apprentice. There were several instances where if the author would have reversed Will and Halt's positions would have changed the flavor of the novel drastically for the better. For example the cow scene. If it had been Will who came up with the idea to stampeded them, even though he didn't know how, I would have enjoyed that scene better. Through the hole book will is down on himself for not being Halt, when he has established himself as a valuable and epic Ranger in his own right in previous adventures.
I hope the author does not keep this up in the remaining books. I will be sorely disappointed in the series if he does.(less)
This was a fantastic Halt story. We learned a lot about Halt and his origins, and his messed up family life that sent him to Araluen in the first plac...moreThis was a fantastic Halt story. We learned a lot about Halt and his origins, and his messed up family life that sent him to Araluen in the first place. His brother, after several attempts to kill his twin ascends to the throne where he squanders his royal power to the point Halt has to come in and rescue him.
My problem with this story is that Will, who handled himself very well during the events of The Sorcerer of the North & The Siege of Macindaw, all of a sudden becomes can't do anything without Halt's help. It was very frustrating to read him like this. Plus, right as Ferris begins to see that being a good ruler is better for his ego than the crappy one he has been, he is cowardly killed from behind. I think I would rather have seen him carry on and become a good person than be taken out through an act of cowardice by the Genovisians.
All in all it was a good story because of the Halt aspect of it.(less)
The review for this book has me in a pickle. On the one hand, this one probably had more humor in it. At least I laughed and chuckled more than in the...moreThe review for this book has me in a pickle. On the one hand, this one probably had more humor in it. At least I laughed and chuckled more than in the last few Rangers Apprentice books. On the other hand I hate Strongly dislike solid cliff-hanger endings in novels. I have no problem with story continuation and such, I dislike Major plot points being left unfinished. The Sorcerer in the North did that more so than John Flanagan's other Rangers novels had.
I liked the beginning the best I think. He advanced the timeline to where Will was promoted to a Silver Leaf Ranger (No longer a Bronze Leaf Apprentice). He got a dog. He was given his own assignment at Seacliff Fief, and started him out handling a potentially sticky situation with some Scandians. And as quickly as we started getting to know and like the characters there they were no longer there. One point is the side story of Delia. John Flanagan set up this awkward situation between Will, Alyss and Delia and just dropped it like that. (Although a point to the positive is no Twi-hard love triangle to deal with.)
My cousin Terry, also a friend on Goodreads, compared The Sorcerer in the North to an episode of Scooby Doo (See her review here). It certainly can fit that description. And it would have worked too, if it wasn't for these pesky teenagers! (Couldn't resist the reference, big Scooby Doo fan. My boy, Anubis, in my profile is a Scooby Doo (Grate Dane))