First Charles Nancy (Fat Charlie) found out his father had died while at a karaoke club in Florida, then he learned he had a brother named Spider. To have a brother and not know him or even about him seemed strange to Charles, so he did what Mrs. Higgler had suggested. As strange as it sounded, he told a spider that he wanted to see his brother. Coincidently, or should it be, believe it or not, his brother showed up. Getting to know each other was interesting enough, without Spiders sudden interest in Fat Charlie’s fiancé. Finding Spider was easy, now because of Spider, Fat Charlie had lost his job with Grahame Coats, lost his fiancé Rosie Noah, and even lost his freedom when a detective named Daisy arrested him, so now getting rid of Spider was the problem to be solved. Both brothers, are part of the Anansi blood line, so the story would have to be good, real good for things to turn out the way they wanted it to.
****4 - Mr. Nancy (Anansi the spider) was an interesting character in Neil Gaiman’s ‘American Gods’ and he still is. His ‘sons’ had two different personalities (great twist). Fat Charlie, Spider, Rosie, Daisy, tiger, bird and even the old women are the reason this book works, they are great characters. There was a few confusing moments, but everything gets pulled together just enough so that it is easy to overlook some of the ‘huh?’ moments. This is told mostly form Fat Charlie’s point of view. I really wanted to see more of Spider, to help me either like him or hate him more, instead of the flip-flopping feelings that I had for him. In the end, a fun “Anansi story”, ----- I wonder what it would have been like if tiger had the stories instead of spider?
Feb 26, 2009