After escaping across the world to start a new life away from his embarrassing father, Charles (known to everyone as Fat Charlie thanks to his father’s influence) is settled into a boring job and engaged to Rosie. But when he finds out that his father is dead and perhaps was more of a god than a person, and then that he has a brother who can be contacted by talking to a spider… well then Fat Charlie’s life starts to get really weird.
This is listed as a sequel to American Gods, but it’s pretty stand-alone. It’s wonderful and strange as can be expected from Neil Gaiman. And it’s also touching and sweet and pretty wonderful. And, if you need anything more, funny and a bit violent and times, and confusing but beautifully crafted.
A toddler, whose family has been murdered, wanders into a graveyard. The various spirits of the graveyard band together to raise him as best they can. However, eventually he must venture into the outside world and discover all the glory and horror that it holds.
Initially, I read the two graphic novels that tell the story of the book. I loved them – yes, there were a few bits that I didn’t instantly get, but it really didn’t take long to figure it all out. I loved the drawings and the concept itself tickled me. After, because it’s me, I read the book – and it was also fantastic, though I’d recommend one or the other. There’s no advantage really to read both – and in fact, the artwork of the graphic novel would push me to recommend that over the book.
As an adult, a man returns to his childhood home and recalls a story which is so magical, so mysterious, so strange that it couldn’t possibly be true. I don’t want to recall any more of the plot here because I knew nothing going in and absolutely loved not knowing anything, and just taking the mysterious journey.
I listened to this as an audio book, read by Neil Gaiman, which I just loved. I’ve heard Gaiman on podcasts and in interviews, and listening to him read this story took me totally into this world. It felt real, and yet so unreal. I could listen to him all day. Having only recently read any of his works, I’m loving it.