Oct. 9th, 2005

Thankfully my flight got cancelled on Thursday, and I got to spend six hours in Dublin Airport.

Thankfully, because I'd picked up Anansi Boys the day before, and got to read it while I was waiting, Gaiman name-checks PG Wodehouse and Tex Avery in his forward, and there are traces of their influence, but I also caught welcome echoes of Terry Pratchett and Roger Zelazny.

No time to do an in-depth review just now, but enough to say that this was a pleasant, light read, with occasional diversions into a kind of comedy-horror that seems to be Gaimans own.

It's unusual, too, in seeming to be colour blind - the narrator is of African descent, and the myths, gods and witches come via the Caribean, but no big thing is made of this - it just seems assumed that this culture is part of the human culture, and needs no special explanation.

Good fun, you'll come away refreshed, and not overly challenged.

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