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Juliet Marillier

Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

I'm a real fan of Neil Gaiman so it was a surprise to me that this book was, well, slow! The idea was interesting in itself, but maybe it was because the main character is wimpy. I got a little past halfway through it and actually stopped, although I do intend to finish it eventually because it's Gaiman!


The premise is that the children of Anansi live ordinary lives as men, but their trickster father has had an unsettling effect on their lives. The mythology of Anansi gets a nod but takes a backseat to a tale about what appears to be humans, no spiders required. I keep hoping that Anansi will suddenly crawl out of the false human shell, but so far no dice.


There's nothing wrong with the plot per se, but it just didn't hold my attention. Perhaps I'll go read American Gods instead. Neil is still one of the authors that I respect most.