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Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
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Jun 02, 2012

really liked it
Read from May 29 to June 02, 2012

Anansi Boys may be set in the same world/universe as that which was portrayed in American Gods, but it is less epic and entirely more light-hearted in scope -- most of the story I was imagining in cartoon-like details. Charles "Fat Charlie" Nancy is yet another typical modern day slacker who must come to terms with his brother, Spider, and father's overwhelming personality in order to reach his full potential and find happiness in his life -- all while coming face to face with the hidden secret world of gods and magic that coexists with ours. I found this book to be entertaining and full of subtle brilliance laced with the usual witticism yet it lacked a certain spark of creative inventiveness one usually finds in a tale by Neil Gaiman -- an intangible thing to describe for it's like he's just teasing you with dreams instead of substance. It didn't quite live up to my expectations but this was still a fun book to read -- as fun as bad karaoke with abundant drinks of the alcoholic kind!
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Sandra Oh, now I really want to read this one too.. what do you think, should it be read before or after American Gods? Or doesn't it matter?

Michael Hall I don't think it would really matter. It's not a sequel and it only loosely fits into the world that was seen in American Gods, so both are stand-alone novels. If you are wanting a more entertaining read then I would say read Anansi Boys first - American Gods can be downright dark and depressing at times! There is also a short story or novella called "The Monarch In The Glen" that is a direct sequel to American Gods, but I haven't read it yet...

Sandra Ah, I thought that might be the case, but I thought I'd ask. :) Thanks! I think I might read American Gods first after all, as I do own that book and I don't own Anansi Boys (yet). But we'll see. :D

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