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Neil Gaiman – Anansi Boys [2]

ananI really did enjoy American Gods, so when I noticed Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman (ISBN 0060515198; 384p.; Goodreads) marked as second book, I had to take it. But this one lacked the charm American Gods had, and is absolutely not a sequel of any kind. Merely the setting is the same, but you can read or not read either one – they’re not connected with anything but the fact: there’s gods here.

Fat Charlie’s father has died. And while he’s not too heartbroken about it, this death keeps ruining his life! First he finds out his father was actually a Spider God. Then, that he has a brother. Then this brother turns out to be much cooler, and way more interesting than Charlie. People can’t tell them apart, and yet they obviously prefer this brother. His boss, and his fiance too… And then it turns out that this brother, is not even a brother. He’s a little more. And a little less.

Charlie, hating what his life is becoming, decides to root out what he sees as the cause of the fall. This brother of his. For that he has to get deeper into this White Rabbit Hole Alice once went, see more of these divine beings, and strike a very, very stupid bargain, with a very, very malicious being. Be careful what you wish for. Or, you know, how you phrase your wishes.

The book is not too good, but easy to read. One can take it for a light piece on the go, no matter whether one has read American Gods or not. This has neither spoilers, nor is otherwise connected. Sparingly I can give it 4 out of 5, it’s not bad, just not good either.

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Neil Gaiman – American Gods

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How can one both hate and love a book? Well, that’s the case for me with “American Gods” by Neil Gaiman (ISBN 0747263744; 635p.; Goodreads). I really dislike Gaiman’s writing style, but the plots, so far, are always brilliant. That is, after you get through the rocky start of the story.

After three years in prison Shadow can hardly believe he’s free to go. At last he’ll see his beloved wife Laura. He’ll start life over! No more nonsense this time…

There’s a saying: we plan and the gods laugh. Laura died in a car-crash just a day or two before Shadow left prison. Together with his best friend, with whom she was sleeping. And in this moment of unbelievable madness, when things don’t look as they seem due to this new angle off of which you’re sliding down, Shadow accepted an awfully simple job, offered by an awfully strange little man who just happened to sit beside him…

Immigrants from all over the world came to this Brave New World, America, bringing their culture and beliefs with them. Their gods. The man beside Shadow is one of them, and there’s many more he will soon meet. That taxi driver over there? A djinn from Arabian Nights, no less. That prostitute over there? Goddess of love and femininity, demanding clients to worship her during the act. That fat little boy? Technical boy, he still can’t believe there are places on Earth where internet is provided via fat cables plugged right into the computers. And Shadow now has a role among them. A divine duty, if you please.

It’s a wonderful story, and I regret greatly I didn’t get to read it when it was first translated for us, some years ago. I will give it a very firm 4 out of 5, and would give more if not for a few unforgivable hiccups. Gaiman’s style may not be the easiest to get through, but once you do – plot is very rewarding.

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