Anansi Boys (2005)

Backcover Synopsis: Fat Charlie Nancy is not having a good week. His estranged father recently dropped dead on a karaoke stage and has left Fat Charlie with much more than just embarrassment. Because, you see, Charlie has discovered that his dad wasn’t just any dad. He was Anansi the trickster spider-god.

Anansi Boys is a book that started late. Only around page two hundred the real action begins, everything before seemed like a long, drawn out setup. There’s another problem with the book, the main mystical antagonist is pitiful when he is revealed, unlike those in American Gods or Neverland, he doesn’t feel either smart or dangerous. Even the human antagonist who is established over the course of the book and who seems to be dangerous, isn’t allowed to do real harm, (okay, he kills someone, but when you see the dead ghost of the person who is killed running around the whole time, it doesn’t amount to much). That’s not to say that Anansi Boys is a bad book, far from it, but the magic spark I found in some of Gaiman’s other works wasn’t there, it was a competent book, but I wasn’t really enthralled by it.