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Anansi Boys
Anansi Boys
Author: Neil Gaiman
ISBN-13: 9780739470558
ISBN-10: 0739470558
Pages: 306
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3 stars, based on 1 rating
Publisher: William Morrow
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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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.
reviewed Anansi Boys on + 10 more book reviews
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.
reviewed Anansi Boys on + 24 more book reviews
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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Fat Charlie Nancy leads a normal, boring existence in London. However, when he calls the U.S. to invite his estranged father to his wedding, he learns that the man just died. After jetting off to Florida for the funeral, Charlie not only discovers a brother he didn't know he had, but also learns that his father was the West African trickster god, Anansi. Charlie's brother, who possesses his own magical powers, later visits him at home and spins Charlie's life out of control, getting him fired, sleeping with his fiancée, and even getting him arrested for a white-collar crime. Charlie fights back with assistance from other gods, and that's when the real trouble begins. They lead the brothers into adventures that are at times scary or downright hysterical. At first Charlie is overwhelmed by this new world, but he is Anansi's son and shows just as much flair for trickery as his brother. With its quirky, inventive fantasy, this is a real treat for Gaiman's fans. Here, he writes with a fuller sense of character. Focusing on a smaller cast gives him the room to breathe life into these figures. Anansi is also a story about fathers, sons, and brothers and how difficult it can be to get along even when they are so similar. Darkly funny and heartwarming to the end, this book is an addictive read not easily forgotten.
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I enjoyed it because I love mythology, and even my 13 year old son read it and liked it. He was allowed to do a book report on it.

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