Well, dear readers, I have yet to fulfill my promise to review Anansi Boys, but I can’t say that it impressed me. Neil Gaiman’s adult fiction leaves much to be desired. I loved Coraline and The Ocean at the End of the Lane; yet, American Gods was suffused with vulgarity, and Anansi Boys is rather average despite some fun moments. So, it did not give me much motivation for reviewing it.
The situation with Jim Butcher’s Ghost Story is quite the reverse. So much so that I wonder why Jim Butcher is not a household name instead of Gaiman. I mean, this book contained real pathos, dire situations, characters rich with suffering, great fights, stretches of agonizing suspense, and important moral questions (something sadly absent from Anansi Boys). It even divulged in interesting metaphysical questions on the nature of souls and the afterlife! I know what our dear readers may be thinking: “Isn’t this just genre fiction? Dark fantasy, noir, and urban fantasy?” But, Butcher shows just how much can be explored through these genres!