Last Book I Read – Anansi Boys

Anansi Boys – Neil Gaiman

I’m sort of on a Gaiman kick lately, having just come off of “Neverwhere”, and its graphic novel incarnation, and before that “Fragile Things” and “Stardust”, so when I was in B&N and spotted it on a clearance table for less than 7 bucks (hardcover) I picked it up.

I won’t write a synopsis, I’ll leave that to the publisher (HarperTorch):

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 is on his doorstep—about to make Fat Charlie’s life more interesting . . . and a lot more dangerous

favorite quote

This footnote gave me the church giggles (when you know you should stop but you can’t and each time you finally can take a breath and calm down it comes back). I was in a restaurant eating dinner by myself and reading and I know everyone thought I was nuts.

The ship had been the Sunny Archipelago until an attack of gastric flu had made the international news. A cheap attempt to rebrand it without changing the ship’s initials done by the chairman of the board, who did not speak English as well as he believed he did, had left the cruise ship rejoicing in the name of the Squeak Attack.

I liked the book, though I wasn’t sure I did at first. Maybe it was the sibling aspect that threw me off. Having grown up as an only child, it’s hard for me to understand exactly what it means to have (or be) a sibling. But Fat Charlie grew on me, all the characters did, with their stories and their songs. It was amusing and surreal, typical Gaiman but somehow less dark.

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