Friday, December 30, 2005

Anansi Boys

I think I was tricked into reading this book, and it was my own misconceptions that did the trickery. I have this habit of browsing the New Fiction shelves at B&N, and if I see a book there long enough, my brain thinks it's probably good, and I go ahead and buy it. That's pretty much why I bought the curious incident of the dog in the night-time and Wicked (which I haven't read yet, and have serious reservations about whether I'll like it, despite my adoration for the musical). Interestingly, this method did not impel me to buy or read The DaVinci Code, because I'm a snob and I think if too many people like a book, it's probably trash.

Add to the fifty or sixty copies on display at the store the fact that I've heard the title and/or author in random conversations and I recently picked up a fabulous picture book by him, I was compelled to buy Anansi Boys. And read it, too. I had no idea that it could be described as "fantasy" until Meera lifted the veil. And I still think it doesn't fall into the same category of fantasy as the stories I truly can't stand (like Lord of the Rings).

What I liked:
It was funny. There were all sorts of seemingly random things that actually ended up having a point, and comical conversations. It was a chuckle. I loved Maeve and Daisy and Spider in the first half or so. Even the old hocus pocus ladies were funny. The story wasn't bad, although I could have done without the end/beginning of the world stuff. Which brings me to...

What I didn't like:
The fantasy part. Gaiman was sneaky about it. It started out about Fat Charlie and his father's funeral (I LOVED how he runs up late and interrupts someone else's funeral), and I was even ok with his dad being a god, and the whole concept of Spider. I was trying to decide whether Spider was a metaphor or what, and then the whole dreaming thing started. The cliff at the end/beginning of the world. The animal-people. The bird woman and the tiger with a grudge. Bleh. By the time it got to a climax I just wanted it to end.

So basically, I liked everything that took place in reality. Sorry.

1 comment:

  1. Oh ye gods, I adored this book -- and the book it is a companion to, American Gods. I don't think you'd like that one.

    I adore Neil Gaiman's fantabulous imagination and want to live in his brain.

    We have such different tastes!