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Fortysomething, photographer slacker, working in IT, living in Greenwich; failed polymath; drinks and eats too much, reads too little...

Anansi Boys - Neil Gaiman Neither a sequel nor a prequel, it is though set in the same universe as [b:American Gods|983100|American Gods|Neil Gaiman|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1373208372s/983100.jpg|1970226], which I'd already given 5-stars to, so expectations were high. Some indeterminate time after the events of American Gods, this is the story of Fat Charlie Nancy – the only son of the trickster god Anansi (although he doesn't know this). Fat Charlie is a man with daddy issues; he blames his dad for pretty much everything. When his father dies, his already not particularly successful life really starts to fall apart as he's confronted with family realities that he'd either forgotten or suppressed – his dad was a god and apparently he has a sort of twin brother who's going to be serious trouble (and who's a god too).

Some reviews have said that [b:Anansi Boys|12708687|Anansi Boys|Neil Gaiman|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1328317822s/12708687.jpg|1007964] is the better book of the two. I wasn't entirely convinced. I think if I'd read this one first then this would have been the five-star story, that enjoyment of a story, the likes of which I hadn't read before, certainly boosts it's score a fraction. But once you get to the second story, some of that awe has worn off. Perhaps that's unfair on the second book, or overly generous to the first – who knows. Either way, [a:Gaiman|1221698|Neil Gaiman|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1234150163p2/1221698.jpg] has continued with his fascinating stories of the old gods. Fat Charlie has to fight to restore his family's standing and heritage, to save his engagement and ultimately to save his sort of brother; and I couldn't put it down.