Based on the large number of 5-star reviews at Amazon and elsewhere, I was a little disappointed by this book. It struck me as an average Stephen King novel, with the same strengths (gripping, ingenious plot) and same weaknesses (wordy and folksy dialog, mostly 1-dimensional characters).
I was tempted to give the rating an extra star because a) I appreciate the fact that Stephen King probably revealed quite a bit about his recovery from his own accident in the story of Edgar Freemantle, and b) I'm pleased that he's back in the saddle after considering retirement. But this is not his best work, and I'd be lying if I put it in the same category as other 4-star novels that I've recently read.
The narration was so-so -- he's no George Guidall, but it certainly did nothing to detract from the tale.
I expected this book to be a sequel to the gritty and dark American Gods. I was therefore initially somewhat put off by its comedic nature.
Much of the first half of the book could have been written by Douglas Adams. But that's not too shabby, since Adams' books were not only hilarious but also very cleverly crafted.
After I got over my surprise, I found Anansi Boys to be as thoroughly entertaining and satisfying as American Gods. The second part of the book even recaptures some of drama and emotion of the earlier book.
The narration was just as impressive as the story. Lenny Henry has the perfect voice and delivery for the characters he was portraying.
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