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Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
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Nov 11, 09

bookshelves: fantasy, mythology, a-z-authors-2008
Read in April, 2008

Anansi Boys is the story of two brothers, both sons of Anansi, the spider god. Anansi is mischievous, fun, funny, and sometimes cruel. The story arc is primarily about one of the sons, Fat Charlie, who doesn't even know that he has a brother until his father dies.

For Fat Charlie, everything always seems to go wrong. For his brother Spider, on the other hand, who follows in his father's footsteps (and many footsteps there are, too, what with Anansi having eight legs and all), everything always goes right. Until he meets his brother.

The story is colorful and inventive, the characters are engaging and rather unique, and the story is creative. What's not to like?

I seem to be reading a lot of stories lately where the main character is offspring of a god. Funny, that. It seems to be part of the collective social subconscious.
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