From the September 23, 2005 Christian Science Monitor:
Charlie Nancy is an easily embarrassed London accountant in this sort-of sequel to Gaiman’s “American Gods,” winner of the Hugo and Nebula awards. Attending his father’s funeral, Charlie discovers two disconcerting facts:
1) His dad was actually Anansi, an African trickster god; and
2) Charlie has a brother, Spider, who’s inherited some of his dad’s powers.
When Spider comes to visit, he proceeds to seduce Charlie’s fiancée and get Charlie fired from his (admittedly horrible) job. Then things start getting out of control. The genre-busting novel is very creative and very funny, two Gaiman specialties. Its sweep is less epic than “American Gods,” but it works well on its own terms. Grade: A-