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Anansi Boys

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Awards

The Rooster 2006 Morning News Tournament of Books Nominee

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

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.

Review:

"If readers found the Sandman series creator's last novel, American Gods, hard to classify, they will be equally nonplussed — and equally entertained — by this brilliant mingling of the mundane and the fantastic. 'Fat Charlie' Nancy leads a life of comfortable workaholism in London, with a stressful agenting job he doesn't much like, and a pleasant fiance, Rosie. When Charlie learns of the death of his estranged father in Florida, he attends the funeral and learns two facts that turn his well-ordered existence upside-down: that his father was a human form of Anansi, the African trickster god, and that he has a brother, Spider, who has inherited some of their father's godlike abilities. Spider comes to visit Charlie and gets him fired from his job, steals his fiance, and is instrumental in having him arrested for embezzlement and suspected of murder. When Charlie resorts to magic to get rid of Spider, who's selfish and unthinking rather than evil, things begin to go very badly for just about everyone. Other characters — including Charlie's malevolent boss, Grahame Coats ('an albino ferret in an expensive suit'), witches, police and some of the folk from American Gods — are expertly woven into Gaiman's rich myth, which plays off the African folk tales in which Anansi stars. But it's Gaiman's focus on Charlie and Charlie's attempts to return to normalcy that make the story so winning — along with gleeful, hurtling prose. Agent, Merrilee Heifetz of Writers House. 16-city author tour. (On sale Sept. 20)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"The result, though less dazzling than American Gods, is even more moving. Intermittently lumpy and self-indulgent, but enormously entertaining throughout. And the Gaiman faithful...will devour it gratefully." Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

Review:

"[A] romantic screwball comedy seasoned with murder, magic, and ghosts....[Gaiman is] the folksy, witty, foolishly wise narrator to perfection, drawing us into the web he weaves as skillfully as any...spider." Booklist (Starred Review)

Review:

"[A]pparently, there isn't much Neil Gaiman can't do. Anansi Boys is one of the finest screwball comedies to come along since To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis....[A] remarkable and entertaining book." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Review:

"A fun book with a little of everything — horror, mystery, magic, comedy, song, romance, ghosts, scary birds, ancient grudges, and trademark British wit....Another lovely story as only Gaiman can tell it; necessary and recommended." Library Journal

Review:

"With Anansi Boys, Neil Gaiman's delightful, funny and affecting new novel, the bestselling author has scored the literary equivalent of a hole in one, employing the kind of self-assured storytelling that makes it all look so easy." Elizabeth Hand, The Washington Post

Review:

"Set in a dreamlike world of reality and circumstance, Anansi Boys belies Gaiman's admonitions. No, it is not big, and it may not even be serious, but it is laugh-out-loud funny and scary as a spider on your arm." USA Today

Review:

"The genre-busting novel is very creative and very funny, two Gaiman specialties. Its sweep is less epic than American Gods, but it works well on its own terms. (Grade: A-)" Christian Science Monitor

Review:

"Gaiman is witty and engaging, but his power is more as a storyteller than as a stylist, and I think what his fans find so appealing about his stories is that they are comforting, no matter how scary, like a good bedtime tale." Minneapolis Star Tribune

Review:

"[F]unny and subversive, a comedy of ill-mannered gods and bad-hearted mortals....Gaiman's mastery of language carries the reader through to a satisfying conclusion." USA Today

Review:

"[A] giddy but somewhat unsatisfying ride. Whenever Gaiman runs into a narrative jam, he veers off in an exhilarating new direction, a diversionary tactic that starts to feel like a cheat. (Grade: B-)" Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"[Q]uite inventive, if not revolutionary....I found [it] immensely fun to read, very clever and sharp....[A]nyone who appreciates subtle British humor, postmodern fantasy, or just a good yarn about sibling rivalry won't regret picking it up." San Antonio Express-News

Review:

"With its quirky, inventive fantasy, this is a real treat for Gaiman's fans....Darkly funny and heartwarming to the end, this book is an addictive read not easily forgotten." School Library Journal

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

Charlie's dad wasn't just any dad. He 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. When he dies on a karaoke stage, things get very interesting for Charlie.

About the Author

Neil Gaiman is the critically acclaimed, award-wining creator of the Sandman series of graphic novels; author of the novels American Gods, Stardust, Neverwhere, and Coraline; the short fiction collections Smoke and Mirrors and the upcoming Fragile Things; and the bestselling children's books The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish and The Wolves in the Walls.

What Our Readers Are Saying

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IdaReader, October 21, 2014 (view all comments by IdaReader)
Neil Gaiman is a superb writer, intelligent without being overbearing. I have read two other of his books (Good Omens with Terry Pratchett and American Gods) and loved them, but this one is my favorite! I haven't come across a book I want to reread in a long time and I'm already anxious to read Anansi Boys again and I haven't even finished it! If you're stuck in a genre rut, you NEED to read Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman.
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Melinda Spencer, September 3, 2011 (view all comments by Melinda Spencer)
A beautiful sequel(?) to "American Gods" about the most interesting and least explained character of the bunch, Mr. Nancy aka Anansi the African Spider God. This fantastic adventure of Mr. Nancy's sons is both silly and fun and also serious and heart-breaking. Any fans of "American Gods" should surely give this book a go.
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Denise Romesburg, January 5, 2010 (view all comments by Denise Romesburg)
I laughed through most of this book, but then it turned very dark and very scary and it was completely okay that it did so. Revisting some of the ground from "American Gods", Gaiman's second novel is tighter and more focused, while still keeping a glorious sense of the mystery and grandeur hiding in plain sight in the mundane world. A joy to read!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060515195
Author:
Gaiman, Neil
Publisher:
HarperTorch
Author:
by Neil Gaiman
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fathers and sons
Subject:
Brothers
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reprint ed.
Edition Description:
Mass Market PB
Publication Date:
September 26, 2006
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
A.”
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
10 x 7.5 in 55.68 oz

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Product details 416 pages HarperTorch - English 9780060515195 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "If readers found the Sandman series creator's last novel, American Gods, hard to classify, they will be equally nonplussed — and equally entertained — by this brilliant mingling of the mundane and the fantastic. 'Fat Charlie' Nancy leads a life of comfortable workaholism in London, with a stressful agenting job he doesn't much like, and a pleasant fiance, Rosie. When Charlie learns of the death of his estranged father in Florida, he attends the funeral and learns two facts that turn his well-ordered existence upside-down: that his father was a human form of Anansi, the African trickster god, and that he has a brother, Spider, who has inherited some of their father's godlike abilities. Spider comes to visit Charlie and gets him fired from his job, steals his fiance, and is instrumental in having him arrested for embezzlement and suspected of murder. When Charlie resorts to magic to get rid of Spider, who's selfish and unthinking rather than evil, things begin to go very badly for just about everyone. Other characters — including Charlie's malevolent boss, Grahame Coats ('an albino ferret in an expensive suit'), witches, police and some of the folk from American Gods — are expertly woven into Gaiman's rich myth, which plays off the African folk tales in which Anansi stars. But it's Gaiman's focus on Charlie and Charlie's attempts to return to normalcy that make the story so winning — along with gleeful, hurtling prose. Agent, Merrilee Heifetz of Writers House. 16-city author tour. (On sale Sept. 20)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "The result, though less dazzling than American Gods, is even more moving. Intermittently lumpy and self-indulgent, but enormously entertaining throughout. And the Gaiman faithful...will devour it gratefully."
"Review" by , "[A] romantic screwball comedy seasoned with murder, magic, and ghosts....[Gaiman is] the folksy, witty, foolishly wise narrator to perfection, drawing us into the web he weaves as skillfully as any...spider."
"Review" by , "[A]pparently, there isn't much Neil Gaiman can't do. Anansi Boys is one of the finest screwball comedies to come along since To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis....[A] remarkable and entertaining book."
"Review" by , "A fun book with a little of everything — horror, mystery, magic, comedy, song, romance, ghosts, scary birds, ancient grudges, and trademark British wit....Another lovely story as only Gaiman can tell it; necessary and recommended."
"Review" by , "With Anansi Boys, Neil Gaiman's delightful, funny and affecting new novel, the bestselling author has scored the literary equivalent of a hole in one, employing the kind of self-assured storytelling that makes it all look so easy."
"Review" by , "Set in a dreamlike world of reality and circumstance, Anansi Boys belies Gaiman's admonitions. No, it is not big, and it may not even be serious, but it is laugh-out-loud funny and scary as a spider on your arm."
"Review" by , "The genre-busting novel is very creative and very funny, two Gaiman specialties. Its sweep is less epic than American Gods, but it works well on its own terms. (Grade: A-)"
"Review" by , "Gaiman is witty and engaging, but his power is more as a storyteller than as a stylist, and I think what his fans find so appealing about his stories is that they are comforting, no matter how scary, like a good bedtime tale."
"Review" by , "[F]unny and subversive, a comedy of ill-mannered gods and bad-hearted mortals....Gaiman's mastery of language carries the reader through to a satisfying conclusion."
"Review" by , "[A] giddy but somewhat unsatisfying ride. Whenever Gaiman runs into a narrative jam, he veers off in an exhilarating new direction, a diversionary tactic that starts to feel like a cheat. (Grade: B-)"
"Review" by , "[Q]uite inventive, if not revolutionary....I found [it] immensely fun to read, very clever and sharp....[A]nyone who appreciates subtle British humor, postmodern fantasy, or just a good yarn about sibling rivalry won't regret picking it up."
"Review" by , "With its quirky, inventive fantasy, this is a real treat for Gaiman's fans....Darkly funny and heartwarming to the end, this book is an addictive read not easily forgotten."
"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by , Charlie's dad wasn't just any dad. He 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. When he dies on a karaoke stage, things get very interesting for Charlie.
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