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Anansi Boys
Anansi Boys
Author: Neil Gaiman
Fat Charlie Nancy's normal life ended the moment his father dropped dead on a Florida karaoke stage. Charlie didn't know his dad was Anansi, a trickster god, the spirit of rebellion able to overturn the social order, create wealth out of thin air, and baffle the devil. And he never knew he had a brother. — Now brother Spider's on his ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780060515195
ISBN-10: 0060515198
Publication Date: 10/1/2006
Pages: 400
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 513 ratings
Publisher: HarperTorch
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
Members Wishing: 2
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Spuddie avatar reviewed Anansi Boys on + 412 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
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!
reviewed Anansi Boys on + 7 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
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.
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Helpful Score: 3
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.

This book isn't for everyone, but I recommend it.
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Helpful Score: 3
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.
technicolorfemale avatar reviewed Anansi Boys on + 5 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Unique, well written, suspenseful - definitely enjoyed 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. :-)
wiltinglilly avatar reviewed Anansi Boys on + 33 more book reviews
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!
donnamig avatar reviewed Anansi Boys on + 16 more book reviews
This book is slow to get started, but once it does, watch out! This was my first foray into Gaiman's fiction and it was so satisfying that I've read several others since.

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