Plot: 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.
Hello, world! I am back and reviewing things. Here, have this.
So, this book is supposedly a sequel to the shenanigans that went down in American Gods. I wouldn’t necessarily call it a sequel per se. More like a book that goes down in the same universe as American Gods but has all new characters except for Mr. Nancy, and even then he isn’t really the prime focus of the book because he kind of died. To use an analogy I’ve sort of used before, it’s like how Rick Riordan’s Kane Chronicles are set in the same universe as Percy Jackson. I hate using this analogy though, because Neil Gaiman’s writing is so different and the plot is different than Percy Jackson. It’s like saying Battle Royale is Japanese Hunger Games because they are two VERY different entities, but you really don’t know how else to swing the person you’re trying to get to read the book and it’s just so frustrating.
Okay, back on topic. I liked this book much better than I liked its prequel. It had a plot that was easy to follow, and the characters were still a very interesting crew, and it was just a good good plot. But here’s the thing, I liked how in American Gods he used a complicated plot. It’s like he dumbed down his story for this one. While it was a good plot, and it was certainly less mature than its predecessor and more of just a silly whim. Spider is a great character, and he had an interesting backstory, but still they were more of a comedy than a fantasy novel with twists and turns.
But it certainly did have laughs, I’ll give it that. The beginning especially, considering how Fat Charlie showed up, even spoke, at the wrong funeral. Oops.
One thing I commented on in my American Gods were the short stories he just kind of slipped in there. This had a little bit of that in there too, but I understood their relevance here. These were Anansi stories rather than just some random characters from the past that didn’t seem all that relevant.
Overall, I liked the book. Good laughs, good plot, and really no prior knowledge of American Gods needed to understand it. Maybe it could have been a lot more twisty, but still very good.
Four and a half stars.
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