Saturday, March 07, 2009

Anansi Boys - post I

Never having read any Neil Gaiman before the choice of Anansi Boys was down to the stock held in the local library. This large hardback is probably not where I would have wanted the Gaiman journey to start but beggars can’t be choosers.

Things start with a funeral and a bit of family background and for a chapter or two things seem to be going on in a fairly normal way with fat Charlie heading home to the US from England for the funeral of his embarrassing father who died mid-karaoke.

But then Charlie is filled in on the fact his father was a God, some sort of spider god, and at that point the things you have heard and are braced for with a Gaiman seem to be starting to come true with the fantastic and the macabre.

More to come…

1 comment:

Armand said...

I'm a big fan of Neil G. Try Neverwhere if you enjoy it, or some of the short story compilations. His collaboration with Terry Pratchett remains one of the funniest books I've ever read ('Good Omens').