Book Reviews

Book Review: “Anansi Boys”

I had absolutely no idea what to expect going into this book. I’d recently read The Graveyard Book graphic novel and had enjoyed it a fair amount, though it wasn’t a new favourite. I did think that this book would be original and certainly very interesting, which proved to be correct. But, similarly to The Graveyard Book, this also isn’t a new favourite. In fact, I have to sadly announce that this review is on a book that I DNF’d (Did Not Finish). However, if you still want to hang around and hear why, then I’d love that!

Title: Anansi Boys

Author: Neil Gaiman

Genre: Adult contemporary urban fantasy

Rating: 2/5 Stars

Synopsis: “God is dead. Meet the kids.

Fat Charlie Nancy’s normal life ended the moment his father dropped dead on a Florida karaoke stage. Charlie didn’t know his dad was a god. And he never knew he had a brother.

Now brother Spider’s on his doorstep — about to make Fat Charlie’s life more interesting… and a lot more dangerous.”

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This is technically the first written book I have read by this author, but I knew from The Graveyard Book that he was a very original writer with lots of interesting ideas. I soon found that his writing style was very witty and entertaining as well. The problem that arose for me was that this witty style wasn’t enough for me to be totally hooked. I slowly got bored with the plot, which didn’t progress very quickly and lacked the magic I was expecting after reading the synopsis. This isn’t surprising to me since the plot was my main issue with the other book that I’d read, but I couldn’t finish this one at all.

Other than that I don’t have much to say about this book. I couldn’t fully get into it, but if you like more contemporary and urban fantasy books or have liked other books by this author, then you might really enjoy it!

Happy reading! Have you not finished any books recently?

Mayah XO

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