Book Reviews

Review: Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman


Fat Charlie Nancy’s normal life ended the moment his father dropped dead on a Florida karaoke stage. Charlie didn’t know his dad was a god. And he never knew he had a brother. Now brother Spider is on his doorstep—about to make Fat Charlie’s life more interesting . . . and a lot more dangerous.

One cord was absitavely struck while I was reading this book and that is identity. Not only is “Fat Charlie” getting married, he also doesn’t have a full sense of identity because he didn’t know that his father was a God as an incarnate of the African spider God named Anansi. How many of us share that lack of full sense of identity because we don’t know the whole truth . . . even about ourselves?

A second cord that was ringing through quite clearly during my reading was family. At one point in the book, Fat Charlie wishes his brother ( Spider ) away because of all the supposed calamity now happening in his life, which isn’t a surprise since most of us can relate to inter-family conflict. While his brother has brought new things, including super powers passed on from their father ( that Charlie doesn’t have ), Fat Charlie does finally come to grips with everything in a way that wraps the story up perfectly.

What makes this book resonate and work so well is that it is both fantasy and down to Earth. It’s easy to read and presents a complex storyline at the same time. I give Anansi Boys a solid ★★★★☆ four stars out of five.

The reason I knocked of a star is that the writing is so simple that a middle school grader could understand, so my craving for complexity in sentence form and for real-world knowledge wasn’t quite filled – other than that, it was a splendid and cuteish.

Guys and gals, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S.D. McKinley.

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Friday Fun Trifecta #18

If you remember a while back, we did a segment here on called Friday Fun Links. Fun links have evolved into Friday Fun Trifecta, where I will feature one thing of each – music, book and visual arts. Welcome to Friday Fun Trifecta #18, in appreciation for artwork.



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Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

“It is a small world. You do not have to live in it particularly long to learn that for yourself. There is a theory that, in the whole world, there are only five hundred real people (the cast, as it were; all the rest of the people in the world, the theory suggests, are extras) and what is more, they all know each other. And it’s true, or true as far as it goes. In reality the world is made of thousands upon thousands of groups of about five hundred people, all of whom will spend their lives bumping into each other, trying to avoid each other, and discovering each other in the same unlikely teashop in Vancouver. There is an unavoidability to this process. It’s not even coincidence. It’s just the way the world works, with no regard for individuals or for propriety.”

― Neil Gaiman, Anansi Boys

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Guys and gals, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S.D. McKinley.

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Bookshelf #3 and #2 in One

You don’t mess with John Wayne after he had Beef with Potatoes. Ha, ha this meme spawned out of a spontaneous joke I made about the baby’s face last night. I said, “Look at her John Wayne face.” Hilarity ensued.

Ah, the bookshelf . . . what an interesting place these nooks hold in the universe as a reflection of taste, wonder and intrigue. Last week, I started with bookshelf #1 and today we are double dipping with #2 and #3. Bookshelf #2 is . . . no books, but a party amongst toys, only. These toys don’t like books:

If you have any questions about these specifically, please do ask. Otherwise, we will move onto the book-book shelf.
Left of Bookshelf #3
Right side of Bookshelf #3. Below, we are moving from left to right since we are still in the northern hemi-sphere, at least last time I checked.
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Friday Fun Links #6

As another week comes to a close, here are some curated links. Got anything to add? My goal here is to bring you something interesting, hopefully that you haven’t seen before, something outside the norm, outside the narrative -and- because there are so many places on the internet besides Facebook.

The Hardware LotteryZoo Breaks Up Group of Parrots Who Won’t Stop SwearingWhy We’re So Susceptible To Bad AdviceFunny Pictures – October 1, 2020DUNGEONS & DRAGONS Monster Makes for a Perfect CakeAudible Review: ‘The Sandman’Can You Decipher this Quote from a Sci-Fi Novel?List of Books considered the worstRead Stephen King’s First Published work titled The Glass Floor that earned him a $35 paycheckMarvel Fan Knits Massive Yarn Thanos That Stands Over 8 Feet TallHow to use Feedly For Tracking BlogsWe Learn Faster When We Aren’t Told What Choices to MakeFor the First Time Ever, Scientists Caught Time Crystals Interacting

Book Reviews

Review: The Sandman Overture Deluxe Edition

Wow. That is all.


“#1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller and winner of the 2016 Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story!

Twenty-five years since THE SANDMAN first changed the landscape of modern comics, Neil Gaiman’s legendary series is back in a deluxe edition!

THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE heralds NEW YORK TIMES best-selling writer Neil Gaiman’s return to the art form that made him famous, ably abetted by artistic luminary J.H. Williams III (BATWOMAN, PROMETHEA), whose lush, widescreen images provide an epic scope to the Sandman’s origin story. From the birth of a galaxy to the moment that Morpheus is captured, THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE will feature cameo appearances by fan-favorite characters such as the Corinthian, Merv Pumpkinhead and, of course, the Dream King’s siblings: Death, Desire, Despair, Delirium, Destruction and Destiny.”

( Extracted from Amazon )


In it’s first release in 25 years, The Sandman: Overture feeds a story in lofty dream spaces of the universe starring a character named Dream. Philosophy is sometimes mixed with how this story unfolds and setting warps these common variables in time and space. This story is the prequel to the comics that started release in the late 80s that redefined comics and this book does the same; is sometimes lucid other times not so much and in effect, creates the atmosphere, breaking the bounds of what we are used to in normal life, but still often we can relate. It is beauty in less context while giving curious wonders at the same time: