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Anansi Boys | [Neil Gaiman]

Anansi Boys

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."
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Publisher's Summary

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 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

What the Critics Say

  • Locus Award, 2006
  • Alex Award, 2006

" "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)

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    Rory Mineral PointVirgin Islands, U.S. 08-26-08
    Rory Mineral PointVirgin Islands, U.S. 08-26-08
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    "Great combination of material and narrator"

    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.

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    Mark Santa Fe, NM, United States 06-03-08
    Mark Santa Fe, NM, United States 06-03-08 Member Since 2001
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    "Terrific story and reader"

    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.

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    Victoria 05-09-08
    Victoria 05-09-08 Member Since 2002
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    "enchanting!"

    from the start, I was utterly captivated by this story. sooo so fun.

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    "Wonderfully Charming"

    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!

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    Jenny 03-21-08
    Jenny 03-21-08 Member Since 2008

    Court Interpreter. Interested in English, Scottish and Irish mysteries, archeology, Spain, mideval history novels, Female oriented American mysteries

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    "Great Listen"

    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!

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    Mark Sagamore Hills, OH, USA 01-25-08
    Mark Sagamore Hills, OH, USA 01-25-08
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    "Excellent"

    This is a clever story that is well written and very well read.
    I really enjoyed this book.

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    Guy Naples, FL, USA 11-19-07
    Guy Naples, FL, USA 11-19-07 Member Since 2015
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    "Anansi Boys"

    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.

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    Gloria Victoria, BC, Canada 11-14-07
    Gloria Victoria, BC, Canada 11-14-07
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    "Great Listen"

    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.

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    Joshua Saint Louis, MO, USA 08-03-07
    Joshua Saint Louis, MO, USA 08-03-07
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    "Solid Entertainment - Scary and Delicious"

    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.

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    Cheryl Elgin, IL, USA 07-19-07
    Cheryl Elgin, IL, USA 07-19-07 Member Since 2012
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    "wish there was more..."

    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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