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Cheri P, December 11, 2014 (view all comments by Cheri P)
Sometimes, what I want is a book that's quick, fun, interesting... Gaiman is often that way for me. Anansi Boys is a fast book with a story that's quirky, very Gaiman-ish, fun... And yes, I stayed up way too late last night to finish it.

I enjoyed the character development in this one; Charlie's progression from start to finish was significant, as was Spider's. Yes, some of the romantic stuff was mildly predictable, but that's okay. This is just a story. A fun one.

I especially enjoy how Gaiman plays with gods - this is one of the things that draws me to his work. That, and his language - simple, but not elementary. Worth my time.
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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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Neblix, January 2, 2010 (view all comments by Neblix)
Gaiman is a master of his craft and shows all of his finest skills in writing this masterpiece of a book. Anansi Boys takes you on a journey through the history of the African god Anansi, or spider, if you will. As part of this history we are enlightened to how a subtle god, such as anansi, can greatly impact the lives of loved ones and in a rather entertaining fashion. I highly suggest this book to anyone that is thinking of reading Neil Gaiman.
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Gaiman, Neil
by Neil Gaiman
Fathers and sons
General Fiction
Fantasy fiction
Literature-A to Z
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Reprint ed.
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Mass Market PB
Publication Date:
September 26, 2006
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10 x 7.5 in 55.68 oz

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"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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