Anansi Boys

Anansi Boys

eBook - 2009
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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 BoysGod 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."
Publisher: 2009
ISBN: 9780061794971
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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willpell
Feb 24, 2020

This wasn't one of my favorite books, but it did grow on me substantially when I read it for the second time (back-to-back; I was looking for a memorable quote that I never found). It's not Gaiman at his absolute best, but it is the level of quality you can generally expect from him. A "slightly amusing" comedy rather than a "laugh-out-loud" one (apart from a few especially punchy lines), it's on the same general mythical-realist wavelength he tends to work on, and succeeds well enough at that. It entirely fails at answering the question that prompted me to read it, which was about clarifying some of the characterization of Anansi in the "American Gods" TV show; Anansi himself is barely onstage in this book, but what we see of him here and in the "American Gods" book (or its far-more-faithful comic book adaptation) makes it clear that either of the book versions has basically nothing in common with Mos Def's performance on the silver screen.

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maytag28
Aug 27, 2019

So good, but yes, probably not as interesting as American Gods, but it made me laugh out loud a few times. Fun language and back and forth...kind of reminded me of Joss Whedon dialog, that's high praise coming from me. Haven't laughed out loud reading in quite some time.

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Linyarai
Aug 12, 2019

I didn't enjoy this quite as much as I did American Gods, but it was still delightful and exciting. It was not written as a sequel, but there are a few overlapping characters and ideas. I would really like to continue reading more.

JCLBeckyC Jul 23, 2019

A friend of mine describes this book as American Gods-light. Funny, magical, and provocative, it's part modern mythology, part murder mystery/thriller. I highly recommend the audiobook, narrated by Lenny Henry.

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jimmyreed23
Jan 09, 2017

I looked at some of the other reviews of this book and can't really say anything new. Great book, not as good as "American Gods", not favorite from Gaiman, but it is definitely recommendable, especially if you liked "American Gods". Good, funny, dark, and likable.

jesking Feb 26, 2016

Can't say enough how much I love this novel. One thing Gaiman is really good at is hiding pretty deep stuff inside simplicity. The story itself is so clean and simple, but it still hits you with all kinds of good stuff to think about.

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mrsal
Jul 05, 2015

I do like how Fat Charlie starts to gain confidence as the story progresses, and how Spider starts to see the wrongs in his ways.

I also like how Neil Gaiman, used the Anansi as the trickster in this story.

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Chapel_Hill_KenMc
Nov 19, 2014

This is a somewhat disappointing follow-up to American Gods. Then again, it's probably not easy to write a sequel to a masterpiece.

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firered81
Jul 16, 2014

A wonderful sequel to American Gods that did not live up to the brilliance of its predecessor.

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jkeeg
Jul 11, 2013

Definitely in the same universe as American Gods, but a bit more light and funny to read. This being a Neil Gaiman book, there are still dark parts to go along with the levity.

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wantdirection Aug 04, 2012

Fat Charlie Nancy has lived a majority of his adult life away from his embarrassing father. Now that he is about to marry the love of his life, Rosie, everything is about to change. Fat Charlie uncovers many hidden secrets about his family, and becomes a new person.

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