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Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
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Aug 02, 10

bookshelves: fantasy, fiction, adult

Wow, this one was really great. While it's sort of a follow up to American Gods, reading in any particular order or even reading both at all is certainly not required. The set of the two is similar and one character, Mr. Nancy carries from one to the other but otherwise very different books. While American Gods is pretty dark, Anansi Boys starts to feel much lighter about halfway through, after the typical plunge into despair. Overall it has a bit of light and hopefulness to it that combined with the little touches of humour make it really wonderful. If you have the time, the audio reading makes it even better. The reader does these hilarious accents and by not allowing you to rush through the words, Gaiman's little details such as the lime become even more humor. While he does focus so much on specific little details, the overall picture is still visible and conveys a solid story that is as much internally within the characters as it is in their adventures. Which brings to mind that the characters are really wonderful- not a one of them is flat or uninteresting. Overall, it's a very complete package with everything that you'd want in a great book.
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