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The front matter and first chapter of Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman, 2005

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Oh my.

Oh my word.

Oh my stars and whiskers.

The dedication is cute. Not brilliant, but cute.

Below the dedication is a note, thanking the ghosts of Zora Neale Hurston; a name I don’t know; P.G. Wodehouse; and Fred “Tex” Avery. I don’t get the Hurston reference yet, nor (obviously) the name unknown to me. The other two, however…

If the rest of the book keeps up with the first chapter — and this is Neil Gaiman, so odds are excellent that it will — then those two nods are well chosen.

Everyone in the bookstore kept lookin’ at me funny. There was no help for it: I just could not stop giggling, except when a guffaw refused to be contained, which was more than once.

Neil? You’ve found your calling. More with the funny. Please.


Written by [IMH]

9 November 2006 at 8:57 am

Posted in Literature

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  1. I assume you’re familiar with Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett? One of the funniest books I’ve ever read. If Neil is writing more humor I’m going to read it.


    10 November 2006 at 7:01 am

  2. I haven’t actually read it through, but I’ve read enough to know it’s hilarious. Anansi Boys is more serious under the skin, but the comedy is both broad and deft.


    10 November 2006 at 2:25 pm

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