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One of fiction's most audaciously original talents, Neil Gaiman now gives us a mythology for a modern age -- complete with dark prophecy, family dysfunction, mystical deceptions, and killer birds. Not to mention a lime.

Anansi Boys
God is dead. Meet the kids.

When Fat Charlie's dad named something, it stuck. Like calling Fat Charlie "Fat Charlie." Even now, twenty years later, Charlie Nancy can't shake that name, one of the many embarrassing "gifts" his father bestowed -- before he dropped dead on a karaoke stage and ruined Fat Charlie's life.

Mr. Nancy left Fat Charlie things. Things like the tall, good-looking stranger who appears on Charlie's doorstep, who appears to be the brother he never knew. A brother as different from Charlie as night is from day, a brother who's going to show Charlie how to lighten up and have a little fun ... just like Dear Old Dad. And all of a sudden, life starts getting very interesting for Fat Charlie.

Because, you see, Charlie's dad wasn't just any dad. He was Anansi, a trickster god, the spider-god. Anansi is the spirit of rebellion, able to overturn the social order, create wealth out of thin air, and baffle the devil. Some said he could cheat even Death himself.

Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times bestseller, American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny -- a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure-house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

Topics: England, Florida, Magic, Mystical, Family, British Author, Folk and Fairy Tales, Male Author, Mythology, Brothers, Gods & Goddesses, Animals, Supernatural Powers, Alternate Universe, Siblings, Suspenseful, Dark, Birds, Mistaken Identity, London, Adventurous, Dramatic, Magical Realism, and Speculative Fiction

Published: HarperCollins on
ISBN: 9780061794971
List price: $6.99
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3.25 stars“Fat” Charlie learns he has a long, lost brother, Spider, after his father dies. He also learns that his father was and his brother is a god. Unfortunately, it seems that finding Spider and bringing him into Fat Charlie’s life is creating very big problems - Spider is managing to mess up Fat Charlie’s life in very big ways. It was o.k. I’m not big into fantasy, but urban fantasy is more appealing. In this book, I found myself much more interested in the “urban” and far less interested in the “fantasy”. It was also pretty funny. I am adding on an extra quarter-star (and debated about adding a half-star) for the narrator of the audio (Lenny Harry), who is amazing!!! He does those different voices and multiple accents so very well. I love the voices of the old Caribbean women, especially.more
I have no idea why, but I didn't like this book anywhere near as much as American Gods. It's still interesting and fun to read, but... there's a different tone, definitely.more
I usually rate books just out of pure entertainment value, and this book was quite entertaining, which merits it a 3 to 3.5 star rating. But it gets bumped to a 4 because of the ending. It didn't feel rushed, it unfolded nicely and it felt worthwhile.more
It was fun, I know I enjoyed it, but now I come to review it I don't much remember what happened.more
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3.25 stars“Fat” Charlie learns he has a long, lost brother, Spider, after his father dies. He also learns that his father was and his brother is a god. Unfortunately, it seems that finding Spider and bringing him into Fat Charlie’s life is creating very big problems - Spider is managing to mess up Fat Charlie’s life in very big ways. It was o.k. I’m not big into fantasy, but urban fantasy is more appealing. In this book, I found myself much more interested in the “urban” and far less interested in the “fantasy”. It was also pretty funny. I am adding on an extra quarter-star (and debated about adding a half-star) for the narrator of the audio (Lenny Harry), who is amazing!!! He does those different voices and multiple accents so very well. I love the voices of the old Caribbean women, especially.more
I have no idea why, but I didn't like this book anywhere near as much as American Gods. It's still interesting and fun to read, but... there's a different tone, definitely.more
I usually rate books just out of pure entertainment value, and this book was quite entertaining, which merits it a 3 to 3.5 star rating. But it gets bumped to a 4 because of the ending. It didn't feel rushed, it unfolded nicely and it felt worthwhile.more
It was fun, I know I enjoyed it, but now I come to review it I don't much remember what happened.more
I have been looking forward to reading this book for a long time. I moved slowly up the library waiting list, and finally there it was in my hands at last. Which makes it all the more disappointing that this book failed to live up to my hopes. This is a harsh thing to say about a well-written book that's hilarious in spots, and poignant in others. I couldn't help comparing it with American Gods, and it falls sadly short. American Gods has haunted me since I first read it, several years ago. Anansi Boys made me smile, but didn't stick with me at all.more
No one blends the real and the fantastic like Neil Gaiman. The more I read of him, the more I believe he is one of our greatest living story-tellers.

Anansi Boys is a story of family, fable, and finding one's voice. Neil's own narrative voice is effortlessly captivating, as he weaves a tale as tight and multifaceted as a mischievous Spider's spindly web. His characters are full and loveable, his humor and sensibilities endearing, and his trademark spins of reality full of fun and hidden wisdom. Can't recommend this modern classic enough.more
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