By Neil Gaiman
One in every of fiction's so much audaciously unique skills, Neil Gaiman now offers us a mythology for a contemporary age -- entire with darkish prophecy, kin disorder, mystical deceptions, and killer birds. let alone a lime.
God is useless. Meet the kids.
When fats Charlie's dad named whatever, it caught. Like calling fats Charlie "Fat Charlie." Even now, two decades later, Charlie Nancy can't shake that identify, one of many many embarrassing "gifts" his father bestowed -- earlier than he dropped useless on a karaoke degree and ruined fats Charlie's life.
Mr. Nancy left fats Charlie issues. such things as the tall, handsome stranger who looks on Charlie's doorstep, who seems to be the brother he by no means knew. A brother as various from Charlie as evening is from day, a brother who's going to teach Charlie how you can loosen up and feature a bit enjoyable ... similar to pricey previous Dad. And instantly, lifestyles begins getting very attention-grabbing for fats Charlie.
Because, you notice, Charlie's dad wasn't simply any dad. He was once Anansi, a trickster god, the spider-god. Anansi is the spirit of uprising, capable of overturn the social order, create wealth out of skinny air, and baffle the satan. a few acknowledged he might cheat even dying himself.
Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful long island instances bestseller, American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman bargains up a piece of outstanding ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic trip deep into delusion that's right now startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely humorous -- a real ask yourself of a singular that confirms Stephen King's gleaming evaluate of the writer as "a treasure-house of tale, and we're fortunate to have him."
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