Another short and simple fairy tale along the mode of Stardust. I consider Gaiman's best novel to be American Gods and this semi-sequel (really more like a spin-off) shows his ingenuity. But his "fantasy world living along side the real world" is starting to wear a bit. His true talent is in short fiction and of course, his masterpiece, The Sandman. But he does need to expand on his plots. But, if your a fan, you could do a lot worse.
Modern fantasy book about Fat Charlie Nancy--who is not fat, but was so named by his now-deceased father. After his father's funeral, Charlie finds out that his father was actually a god, the trickster spider god Anansi. Not only that, Charlie learns he has a brother who is a demi-god. Spider comes into his life a few days later and Charlie begins to kick himself for ever being curious about him. In a few short days, Spider has gotten him in trouble at work, hauled in by the police, and has stolen his fiancee. I loved this book! Gaiman has such a creative spirit and a wicked, wacky sense of humor that comes through all throughout the book. A funny story that disguises real life lessons and deep things to think about in the humor and ridiculous imagery. A-plus!
it was good, but like a spin-off of American Gods somehow. I don't think that it was as "deep," thought provoking, or simply as good as some of his other stuff and it was a quick read. Still worth reading though.
I love Neil Gaiman's sense of humor. He has a special way of pulling a reader into his stories. This story was well written, perhaps a bit more far fetched than a typical fantasy/paranormal story, but full of humor, off humor, irony and emotional perspective.
I don't think I liked this one as much as American Gods... there seemed to be so much more going on under the surface in that one. Still, it was an interesting story nonetheless, even though it couldn't live up to it's predecessor. I found I didn't really endear myself to any of the characters: Spider was annoying and stuck on himself, Fat Charlie was a pathetic loser (until the end when he found his true self). I know I've felt the same way about characters in some of Gaiman's other books though, so that doesn't necessarily make them not a good book, just perhaps not as touching if it doesn't speak to a certain part of me....
An interesting exploration of family relations and how we identify ourselves. Through Neil Gaiman's unique perspectives, we see the world as it might be, with the magic and mundane, ordinary and extraordinary meshed together in a perfectly believable fiction.
When I first picked up this book I was expecting a beach read kind-of-thing. I immediatly got into it after a couple chapters and could not set it down. The book was so much more then I had expected. It is funny and entertaining. I would definatly reccomend it to a person of any age.
When my daughter in law put this book on the CD player in the car, I thought oh my gosh. Do I have to listen to this for the next 5 hours? However, within 5 minutes I was caught up in the story of Fat Charlie and his cronies. From that moment on I was hooked. This book is funny, sad, laugh out loud hilarious and at times touching. I enjoyed it so much I have ordered another Neil Gaiman book, "Good Omens", which I have been told is a hoot all the way through. Good author, funny books.
Fantastic book in the Gaiman tradition follows an everyday man who finds out unexpectedly that he is in the lineage of a line of supernatural dieties; unfortunately his before-unmet brother got all the powers, and abuses them to his advantage.
I got this book shortly after it came out, but I think I waited so long to get around to reading it because I had heard it described as a "companion piece" to 'American Gods' - and that book was, unfortunately, probably my least favorite of Gaiman's works.
Happily (for me), I didn't find the tone of this book to be similar at all. It's a very clever, funny book - with serious ideas thrown into the mix. Stylistically, as well as in its sense of humor, it reminded me more of Terry Pratchett than anything else Gaiman has done [with, of course, the exception of Good Omens ;-) ].
If you love Neil Gaiman, you will love this story. He has a distinct writing style that makes you feel like you're talking to your friend who is hilarious and strange but you love them anyway. Gaiman has the power to write fantasy stories that take place in our modern world but seem plausible. I loved it!
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A very different tale, told in Gaiman fashion. That really is the only downside to this book. Gaiman is very verbose and while it is cute to an extent but after a while, it can get on your nerves. (It got on mine around pg 430 or so.) That being said, if you are a Gaiman fan, I would say that it is one of his best stories, creative, and comical. :-)
neil gaiman does it again with an intricately plotted and inevitable-feeling musing on the life and times of modern day deities. in this one, the sons of african/caribbean storyteller spirit anansi quest about the diaspora coming to terms with their power, finding love, and resolving their daddy issues. both wry and profound.
A perfect example of an "enjoyable read", this book keeps you entertained throughout. A bit of magic, a bit of fantasy, and a bit of humor all come together in this clever take on life...and an ornery boy.
"Anansi Boys" is a brilliantly hilarious story of what happens when your father happens to be the trickster god Anansi, and he dies suddenly, leaving you even more embarrassed than ever, just in time for the brother you never met to come crashing into your life and make it even worse.
"Anansi Boys" is related to Gaiman's earlier novel "American Gods" ... and if you thought Odin was a treat, Anansi is light years funnier.)
In "Anansi Boys," the characters are so engaging and real that I was cracking up at the misfortune and bad luck Fat Charlie had to be the son of Anansi.
I was interested in reading one of Neil Gaiman's books after having read "Good Omens," which he co-authored with Terry Pratchett. I like Gaiman's writing style and the story was interesting. I enjoyed the book, but not really enough to read it again.
Fat Charlie was dubbed so by his dad when just a chubby child. Unfortunately, even though he shed the pounds the name stuck. Many years later Fat Charlie is living an unremarkable life, with a crappy job and a girlfriend who insists on making him "wait until marriage". When Charlie's dad dies he learns some amazingly unbelieveable things and his boring life is forever changed.
This one has a lot of wit and was just offbeat enough to hold my attention. Charlie is an every-guy sort of character who is easy to like as he bumbles his way through some very odd changes in his life. The book is populated with interesting people and takes a lot of twists and turns that aren't expected. Gaiman wrote it and it reads like a twisted fairy-tale so how can you go wrong with that?
Neil Gaiman writes an imaginative book sparked by the Anansi tales. Fat Charlie learns that his father -- who dropped dead on a karaoke stage surrounded by blonde tourists -- was actually a God. He finds out he has a brother he never knew about who inherited all the God gifts. Charlie tells a spider to send a message to his brother to drop by sometime. What will happen when Charlie's fiancee Rosie meets Spider? Why is Rosie's mom suddenly in favor of the marriage? And where does Daisy fit into all this? Why (and who) sent his brother away in the first place?
A sequel to American Gods (although you don't have to read that as a prerequisite) Anansi Boys is an expertly woven modern folk tale. I did figure out the main plot twist before it was revealed but that did not detract from the story. Highly enjoyable to the point where I felt like I flew through it even though the real time spent was probably average.
It was cute. It's no American Gods...but it didn't actually annoy me, so I enjoyed it. He seems in this one to have fallen pray to the British predilection to cute, sappy endings. Like that Prachet guy. Don't they realize that life can only end in disaster? Still, it as a magic book, and those are good.
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?