Thursday, March 02, 2006

Review - Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys

This is how Anansi Boys was made:

In a large saucepan, add one part "American Gods".
Then add "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" season 5 episode The Replacement, and stir.

Bring mixture to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes.

Remove from fire and chill. After mixture has chilled, add a pinch of Caribbean spirit, and a dollop of British humor.

Enjoy while vacationing on a Carribean island.

Fat Charlie Nancy is a bit of a loser, and it isn't unil he attends his father's funeral that he finds out that he has a brother, Spider. When Spider visits him in London and causes trouble for Fat Charlie, he decides to take matters into his own hands.

The basic plot is a little well-worn, but the story is greatly entertaining, so we don't care. Plus the characters are vivid and their motivations are believable.

"American Gods" is my favorite Neil Gaiman book, but this one is in the top 3.

I listened to the audio version, read by Lenny Henry, and I recommend it for endless car rides during summer vacation.

No Blasters rating: 4 out of 5 stars


At 2:26 PM CST, Blogger Julie D. said...

My all time favorite Gaiman is Neverwhere. (Good Omens only misses because of the co-author issue).

I also really liked Anansi Boys especially as that is one of my favorite Rabbit Ears Radio stories. To hear it read by Lenny Henry would add a whole new dimension.

At 10:07 PM CST, Blogger Anna said...

If you can ever get the audio version, it's worth listening to.


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