April 07

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Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

The television series for American Gods is about to be released, so I wanted to finish the sort-of sequel before it was spoiled for me in the stream of internet review of the earlier book. It’s excellent, but I’d note it barely counts as a sequel to American Gods.

The main character, initially, is Charlie, an easily-embarrassed accountant about to be married. His father dies,  and when he goes to the funeral, he discovers he has a brother, Spider. When they meet, the cool, amoral, embarrassing brother ruins Chalie’s life in ways which are funny if you are into schadenfreude. The problem is that he can’t get rid of Spider, because their dad was a god, and his brother has the family’s trickster magic. Things begin to fall apart, and then come together.

I’d recommend this to people who like urban fantasy and comedy. Those put off by the morbid seriousness of American Gods should try it regardless: it’s a lot funnier.I listened to the audio version recorded by Lenny Henry, and his timing and characterization are perfect.

The Library has the physical books, but you’ll need to find someone online to pay for the audiobook.