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text 2017-05-01 15:49
Readathon Recap (April 2017)
Anansi Boys - Neil Gaiman
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Philip K. Dick,Robert Zelazny
Blood Shot - Sara Paretsky

I managed to read and finish two books (Anansi Boys and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep) and started a third book (Blood Shot). 

This time I was much easier on myself. I did not sit and force myself to read several books. I went hiking, grabbed lunch, cleaned the house, and then just had a laid back Saturday night. 

 

I ended up reading for 11 hours in total. Not my best time, but this time I really wanted to focus more on reading when I wanted to and not turning it into some kind of chore.

 

I ended up being so busy yesterday I just didn't have time to post or even do reviews. I took at 5.58 mile hike yesterday at Burke Lake, Virginia and was enjoying the day so much that when I got home right before 3 pm. I took a quick power nap and then woke up to meet two friends for dinner in Arlington.

 

Hope everyone had a great weekend and Readathon! 

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review 2017-05-01 15:28
Great Follow up to American Gods
Anansi Boys - Neil Gaiman

I really don't have much more to add than other reviews about this book. This was really good I found and I thought it was a nice follow-up to American Gods.


"Anansi Boys" follows the son of Mr. Nancy who most should remember from American Gods. Mr. Nancy's son, Fat Charlie, grew up with a father who liked to make jokes and who was the one who named him Fat Charlie. Eventually, Mr. Nancy leaves his young family, and Fat Charlie and his mother relocate to England. When Fat Charlie prepares to get married to his fiancee, Rosie, Rosie demands that he does what it takes to find his father and invite him to the wedding. Fat Charlie finds out that his father is dead from an old neighbor of his in Florida. That leads Fat Charlie to travel back to America and to find out about a brother he never knew he had. 

 

I honestly laughed through most of this book. Unlike with "American Gods" this was a more playful book. It reminded me a lot of "Good Omens" actually with an unseen narrator here and there spelling things out to you while you watch how everyone fumbles around almost meeting their end every five seconds. 

 

Poor Fat Charlie ends up in more and more trouble after he mistakenly invites a brother he didn't know he had into his life. And from there the plot at times gets a bit shaky, but I think Gaiman did a good job with it. We follow Fat Charlie, his brother, and two love interests (Rosie and Daisy) along with Rosie's mother (who is terrible) and the man that Fat Charlie works for. I honestly at first didn't think this would all work together, but it did.

 

I liked the writing and I loved reading the stories about Anansi and what tricks he got up to. Also it seems like even in the stories about Anansi that he was kind of an ass to his family. 

 

The ending was sweet and also hilarious. I don't want to give any spoilers. But I think Charlie (he eventually loses "Fat") definitely got the better end of the deal that was going on. 

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text 2017-04-30 00:16
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Anansi Boys - Neil Gaiman

Loved it!!

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text 2017-04-29 22:08
Reading progress update: I've read 87%.
Anansi Boys - Neil Gaiman

So good! I will probably be done with this before the next hour pops up and move to Philip K. Dick's book.

 

This book is hilarious. Seriously, read it. I loved every part of it so far. 


Definitely getting 5 stars. 

 

Readathon: Hour 6!

 

Think I am going to head out for a bit though to go hiking. So will try to check back in by 7:30 or 8 pm. It's gross out, but it's a sunny day, and don't want to be inside all day. 

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text 2017-04-29 21:07
Reading progress update: I've read 57%.
Anansi Boys - Neil Gaiman

Spider and Fat Charlie are a mess! They have birds trying to take them out now due to a deal Fat Charlie made.

 

Readathon: Hour 5!

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