Friday, February 03, 2006

Anansi Boys

Wow. It’s hard to peg Neil Gaiman’s writing down into a genre. Is it Fantasy? Well, there are fantastical elements in there. Is it Science Fiction? Sometimes, I guess, but not really. I guess it’s more Alternate Reality type stuff. Does that fall under Fantasy?

Anyway, Anansi Boys was more of the same stuff that was in American Gods. One thing that I was disappointed in: It didn’t have the epic feeling that the first one did. I didn’t really care about Fat Charlie or Spider as much as I did Shadow.

Then again, maybe that’s just my love of Viking gods. Or George Guidall. Lenny Henry did a great job, reading the book. After Eragon, I was afraid that Britain was the country where voice actors went if they sucked. Looks like I was wrong.

I’m sure that there was plenty that I missed in Anansi Boys, themes that either went over my head, or I just failed to hear, but it was pretty quick, both because of how short the book was, and because of the pacing of the story. There wasn’t much time for waiting.

The resolution was a little hurried - it tried to be relaxed and I thought it didn't work out well with the rest of the story, but that's just me.

Minigoal Update:

I’m looking pretty good for finishing Shaman’s Crossing by tomorrow. I’ve got around 150 pages left and since Kim’s leaving me for tonight and tomorrow night, there should be more than ample time.

41 books to go!

14 comments:

Baron Von Cliff said...

I would agree with your overall synopsis. It was a good book, not AS good as American Gods, which I thought was a great book.

Liam J. said...

At first I was disappointed with the climax, then I realized that what I had thought was the climax was actually part of the buildup and then I was okay with it.

KimProbable said...

That happens to me all the time in the bedroo....I mean, in the books. Yeah, in the books I read.

Shiny Beamer said...

nice "slip", Kim! Oh - and nice save. uh huh...

Dylan said...

Anansi Boys is definitely lacking something. I enjoyed American Gods immensely and felt cheated a bit after Anansi Boys. Of course, I did get it free from the publisher...

Baron Von Cliff said...

You were no doubt simply filled with guilt, that's all.

Dylan said...

Being Catholic, I am always filled with guilt.

Baron Von Cliff said...

That really is the backbone of that religion, isn't it? Personally, I kind of prefer the "Insult my creed, I rip off your face." attitude of militant Islam.

Sean Woods said...

At first glance, I thought you typed

"Insult my creed, I rip off your face." attitude of militant Liam."


Same difference, I suppose.

Baron Von Cliff said...

I can't count the number of times I've witnessed Liam screaming "Death to the Great Satan!" whilst burning American and Israeli flags. And, really, his denials of the Holocaust have become a BIT much.

Liam J. said...

Islam... Liam... a nation, a scientist... I can see how you would get us confused.

Baron Von Cliff said...

You're like Louis Farrakhan II, man.

Liam J. said...

Louis Farakkhan II
-This time, it's religion

Baron Von Cliff said...

Next time, maybe a song and dance number.