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)
Always been a favorite, great story and dictation, even after many reads and listens. I love Niel Gaiman, and if you like this, try American Gods! It's darker but also an amazing story
Both the performance and the story are superlative. Every listen reveals something new. The narrator adds a joy and cheek to Gaiman's prose that will have you laughing out loud.
As always, this book was interesting even as it set up the narrative. At the end everything is, as usual, tied together another gift lost for many other writers. Tying together that our dark side is as much a part of us as the light, that the good and bad of it is more perception and focus than we like to admit without ever being preachy, or overt is one of Mr. Gaiman's greatest talents. Each of his books is new and different and refreshing to read.
I Absotively loved this story. It is written like an aptly designed spider web. Which is so appropriate. To call this story clever is accurate but just doesn't seem like enough. I was engaged all throughout and could not put it away. it really messed up my schedule.
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