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Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

Anansi Boys (original 2005; edition 2006)

by Neil Gaiman

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Title:Anansi Boys
Authors:Neil Gaiman
Info:HarperTorch (2006), Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
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Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman (2005)


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  Lorem | Sep 28, 2015 |
After his father's death, Fat Charlie Nancy finds out that he was actually an African spider god who plays the trickster role in many folk tales and that he, Charlie, has a brother called Spider who has inherited their father's powers.

I wasn't sure what to expect going in to this book, but it was funny with all sorts of sly references for the reader to pick up. I will be looking out for the author's other books ( )
  Robertgreaves | Sep 19, 2015 |
Lovely novel, with a cute little story. I enjoyed the story and I may even read more of Gaiman, but I had to take a break halfway through because I generally found the story line to slow to a crawl in the middle. I gave the book two stars because of this need for a pause, but the story itself is a solid three! ( )
  trigstarom | Sep 19, 2015 |
I just wrote a nice long review about this which did not save. I will take this as a sign that less is more and attempt to recreate my previous review with fewer words.

In said review, I covered my previous feelings on [a:Neil Gaiman|1221698|Neil Gaiman|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1234150163p2/1221698.jpg]'s writing (love it) and my sadness that this one fell short. I also talked about the limpness of the first half of this book and the inevitable march towards a forgone conclusion that occurs in the second. My feelings towards both were unfavorable.

I then wrote a sentence using six commas, mainly to protest the writing style of the first half, which I felt was overly complicated and, while making excellent use of the comma, needlessly fancy and, really, quite distracting.

If you're new to his work, I'd say take a stab at [b:American Gods|9464129|American Gods|Neil Gaiman|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1327918844s/9464129.jpg|1970226] or [b:Neverwhere|105733|Neverwhere|Neil Gaiman|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1171559020s/105733.jpg|16534]. If you're a die-hard Gaiman fan, than this review will likely do nothing to sway your convictions, and may I be the first to offer you the chance to purchase my own gently used copy. ( )
  liso | Sep 18, 2015 |
When his father dies, Charles "Fat Charlie" Nancy learns that he is the offspring of a trickster god and gets to know his brother, Spider, who has inherited all the trickster traits. Neil Gaiman at his best is such a fantastic story teller and when he uses as corner stone a solid mythology, his stories really go above and beyond. This one fuses traditional oral narration with modern storytelling and the reader gets to follow a murder tale as well a story how Spider took the stories from Tiger and what Tiger is doing to try and get them back. As always with a Gaiman book, you can slip away from the "normal" world and find yourself elsewhere without warning and in this book the borders between reality and fantasy are so easily crossed it sometimes takes a second to figure out which is which. ( )
  -Eva- | Aug 20, 2015 |
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Gaiman kutoo tapansa mukaan sujuvan ja houkuttelevan kertomuksen, joka ammentaa tarinoiden ja myyttien maailmasta. Sujuvan lukukokemuksen viimeistelee onnistunut suomennos.

Gaimaniin mieltyneille Hämähäkkijumala on puolipakollinen kirjahyllyn täyte ja kevytfantasiaa hakeville ihan yhtä hyvä tutustumiskirja kuin mikä tahansa varhaisempi romaani. Vaikka kirjan juoni ei juuri yllätäkään, Gaiman esittelee tarinankertojan lahjaansa: kykyä tehdä mahdottomasta todenmakuista.
added by msaari | editKeskisuomalainen, Riku Ylönen (Jan 30, 2009)
And Charlie, who has become a successful singer and fathered a son, has come to terms with the powers and responsibilities of ''a boy who was half a god," having learned what Gaiman knows better, and communicates more forcefully, than any other contemporary writer: Stories and poems, songs and myths, represent us, sustain and complete us, and survive us, while also ensuring that all that's best in us survives with them.
added by stephmo | editBoston Globe, Bruce Allen (Nov 20, 2005)
The focus on Anansi and tricksters, I think, goes a long way towards explaining the tone of this novel. It really feels more like some of the established "funny" sci-fi/fantasy authors (like Gaiman's Good Omens co-author Terry Pratchett) than "classic" Neil.
added by stephmo | editPopMatters, Stephen Rauch (Nov 7, 2005)
The problem in "Anansi Boys" is the type of fantasy Gaiman has chosen. The tales of Anansi outwitting his foes leave you feeling you've eaten something heavy and sugary. There's an Uncle Remus folksiness to the stories that sends the airy blitheness of the farce plummeting down to earth.

There is also, I regret to say, the warm hand of instruction lying uneasily on this tale. Charlie works through his ineffectualness and his family issues to find happiness, contentment and - ugh - acceptance. It leaves you with the uncomfortable feeling that for Gaiman, farce by itself would simply have been too frivolous, that he feels the need to impart a lesson.
Anansi Boys contains a couple of traditional-style Anansi fables, and the book itself takes a similar ambling but wry, pointed tone; like any good Anansi story, it's about cleverness, appetite, and comeuppance, and it's funny in a smart, inclusive way. And like any good Gaiman book, it's about the places where the normal world and a fantastic one intersect, and all the insightful things they have to say about each other.

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You know how it is, you pick up a book, flip to the dedication, and find that, once again, the author has dedicated a book to someone else and not to you.
Not this time.
Because we haven't yet met/have only a glancing acquaintance/are just crazy about each other/haven't seen each other in much too long/are in some way related/will never meet, but will, I trust, despite that, always think fondly of each other ....
This one's for you.
With you know what, and you probably know why.
NOTE: The author would like to take this opportunity to tip his hat respectfully to the ghosts of Zora Neale Hurston, Thorne Smith, P.G. Wodehouse, and Frederick "Tex" Avery.
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It begins, as most things begin, with a song.
The beast made the noise of a cat being shampooed, a lonely wail of horror and outrage, of shame and defeat.
"The ties of blood," said Spider, "Are stronger than water."

"Water's not strong," objected Fat Charlie.
"Stronger than vodka, then. Or volcanoes".
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Set in the same world as American Gods, but not a sequel to it.

In Anansi Boys we discover that 'Mr. Nancy' (Anansi) has two sons, and the two sons in turn discover each other. The novel follows their adventures as they explore their common heritage.
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can't be: In order to find

yourself, wear a hat.


Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060515198, Mass Market Paperback)

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 a god. And he never knew he had a brother.

Now brother Spider's on his doorstep—about to make Fat Charlie's life more interesting . . . and a lot more dangerous.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:12:34 -0400)

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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."… (more)

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