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 best seller 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."
©2005 Neil Gaiman; (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers
" "Excellent." (Stephen King)
"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." (Publishers Weekly)
I loved this book. Every time I got to work or back home, as I shut off the audio, I'd think "I *love* this book." Wonderful material, well written, but the performance of Lenny Henry is what made this so amazingly fine as an audio. I was unfamiliar with him before I listened, but I see why my friends who know him are such fans. The distinct voices were well done, as well as the accents, and the humor (and other emotions) really shone through. I loved this reading so much that I had to send Mr. Henry an email of admiration, which is something I've never done before. (And he sent a charmingly self-effacing response about the brilliance of Neil Gaiman, which made me like him even more.) This is an absolute winner.
Great story and wonderful characters. The reader did a fantastic job. This is another winner for Gaiman who continues to create alternative and enchanting universes. I highly recommend.
This book was wonderfully charming. The story was clever and warm. The narrator was very talented. It was hard to believe, at times, all those voices were coming from the same man.
I highly recommend it!
Court Interpreter. Interested in English, Scottish and Irish mysteries, archeology, Spain, mideval history novels, Female oriented American mysteries
The story was intriguing and original, and the reader the best I ever listened to. Great story, great listen, highly recommended. You will never get bored!
Started off great, but the end was silly. Theres better stuff out there, though I was glad to hear the way the writer writes, whimsical.
I loved this book. Really enjoyed the characters and the narrator. Would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys a bit of magic and has a sense of humour.
It's the ultimate trickster myth written in a fast-paced, pager turner. You come to like the loathesome character(s). This is like a well-written Stephen King novel, just a lot better. An incredible listen, well acted, well read.
After completing this book, it left me wishing there was more. The characters are so richly drawn and the narration brings them larger than life. This book was enjoyable and will stay with me. Unlike other reviewers, I'm new to this author and can't wait to try another of his books. I will tell everyone I know about this book.
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