I have, over the past few years, discovered Neil Gaiman's works in a patchwork sort of way.
Each novel I read or listen to seems to bring out more introspective thought in such a delightful manner.
As with American Gods previously, I found myself feeling each character - and wondering what my own reactions would be given their particular circumstances. I have been known to read, or listen to, a particularly fascinating book (or series) many times - taking on a different single character each time in order to more fully understand and enjoy them.
Mr. Gaiman has so thoroughly, and beautifully, written each that I can see myself doing the same here just to draw out the sheer pleasure of the story!
This is one of my favorite books and now it's one of my favorite audible books. Lenny Henry does a fabulous job of portraying the characters and you come away thinking the world is truly a magical place.
This book can perhaps be described as the opposite of a gritty crime novel. The reader/listener starts out in the normal world, and is convincingly introduced to supernatural happenings, people, and places. I found the story delightfully imaginative and could hardly tear myself away.
The story is entertaining and occasionally slightly funny. However, the narrator really ruins it for me. I can't tell if he's doing an Eastern American, Jamacan, Louisiana or South eastern US accent for all of the non-british characters. It makes my eye twitch and ruins any sort of atmosphere the story itself is trying to create.
I find Neil Gaiman books either really good or really... not. This book was one of my favorites. The characters were colorful without being over the top. The humor was dark but not bleak. His supernatural world was believable. And the plot had twists but never veered completely off course.
This is a good book. The author was able to create a very good plot without weighing it down with unnecessary elements. If I had one qualm it was that I was not 100% behind the author's writing style, but I have to say that I very much enjoyed this story.
If you don't love the bloodline of Anansi, your heart's a lump of coal and your sense of humor has atrophied. This is a wonderful manifestation of Gaiman's quirky genius. He's erudite without ever even approaching pretentious. He's intensely moral, but takes on human frailty with humor and compassion. Plus, Lenny Henry is truly perfect and captures the Caribbean cum British accents that-at least to my American ear-seems perfect and gives an added dimension to listening without intruding on your sense of the story. He's up there with Jim Dale and Stephen Fry.)