“People take on the shapes of the songs and the stories that surround them, especially if they don’t have their own song”
I’ll keep this short and simple. Remember how happy I was when I read American Gods? Well, from that happiness a sort of fear of disappointment derived – I was afraid I might not like this…spin-off tale quite as much. But, boy was I wrong! (And in such cases, it’s always good to be wrong 😀 ) The story is hilarious and the characters are so easy to relate to. After all, let’s face it, unless it’s a Gilmore-perfect universe, we’ve all been embarrassed by our parents. And we’ve also done stuff just because our parents didn’t agree. And haven’t we all taken a trip to the beginning of the Universe just to get rid of a very annoying sibling? Well, maybe not that, but for the rest, it sure works. The perfect summer reading.
Spider and Charlie make up the always funny & charming duo of two opposed characters who end up to be the best of friends (or brothers, in this case). Very Lethal Weapon. Very 48hrs. Very good. Their surprising encounter digs up a long and odd family history, as their father is none other than the African spider-god Anansi (Mr. Nancy – as he is known in American Gods), the original trickster and the one who currently owns all the stories and songs (which he’s stolen from Tiger, a god with many years’ worth of a grudge). It’s very fitting that a spider god should be in charge of stories, but Tiger is not really into the folksy sayings that combine the words “web” and “story” very closely. And Charlie and Spider are as different as they come – the accountant and the freelancer (for lack of a better word, after all, Spider has inherited his father’s many abilities and he hasn’t done a day’s work), but in store for them is the death of their father, a shared fiancee, a magical meeting with the Bird Woman and Charlie’s maniacal, murderous boss. Of course they turn out on the other side of it all transformed – you can spot it a mile away, but in the meantime, it’s all about the journey and you will laugh, you will cry (not really, it’s just a figure of speech), you will be disgusted to the point of throwing up (especially if your tolerance of spiders circles around 0) 😀 .
Confused? Wikipedia has the plot nicely told, so you can check it out there. But it’s better to read the book, because you’re in for a real adventure 😉