Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman (American Gods Companion) ★★★☆☆
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 is on his doorstep—about to make Fat Charlie’s life more interesting . . . and a lot more dangerous.
Anansi Boys is set in the same world as American Gods, but both work well as standalones (although I recommend getting to both eventually!). If you have already read American Gods I would say that this is much lighter in tone. Where American Gods feels like a story on an epic scale, this focuses on one man, the brother he never knew he had and his dead father who happened to be a God.
In true Gaiman style this is full of wonderful character from the realistic to the down right strange.
This isn’t one of my favourite Gaiman novels (I mean they can’t all be) but it’s still a strong read. It’s being adapted for BBC Radio 4 this December and I can’t wait to see how it gets brought to life. Past adaptations include Neverwhere and Good Omens both of which were brilliantly done.