2008: 138. Anansi Boys

“It begins, as most things begin, with a song.”

Anansi Boys, Neil Gaiman

Anansi Boys is a companion piece, of a sort, to American Gods, but where American Gods is serious and epic, Anansi Boys is comic and light (but still has things to say that are quite serious - that is where the really good comic writers always get you!).  Of course, the difference might also be between writing a book about Odin and Anansi - one God is going to take you on an epic journey through the underworld, where the other is going trick you into thinking not much is going on and you’ve got the better of him, until you realize that he’s had you the whole time...

This is the story of Fat Charlie Nancy, whose father dies, and when he goes to the funeral, learns about the brother, Spider, he never knew he had. And then Spider shows up to visit and and makes his life a misery, which is to say, changes his life forever for the better, eventually, once Charlie manages to survive the complications brought about by Spider’s lifestyle.  And it’s about family, and magic, and knowing who you really are, and it’s funny and clever and a great read, and no kidding Neil Gaiman is a great storyteller, but I think he just keeps getting better and better, and Anansi Boys is a great book. 

Date/Place Completed: 9/17/08; D.C.

Categories: Fiction; Re-read; Book Resolution

© Carrie Dunsmore 2017