Book Review of Anansi Boys

Anansi Boys
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I have read and liked Gaiman's books before, but reading both this and his more recent 'The Ocean at the End of the Lane' made me wonder if I would like them if I read them again. In this book, there is not a single character with depth. Everyone is either a collection of a few memorable and quirky traits or a caricature. As for the story, it is about believing in yourself. No, seriously. Add in a few magical hijinks, one or two attempts at dramatic scenes, some extraordinary coincidences essential to the plot, and there you have the book. I could see what Gaiman was going for, but for me this book fell flat.
Side note: Really, a fedora is the symbol of being cool and carefree?