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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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    Eric Glen Allen, VA, USA 05-21-06 Member Since 2006
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    "Great book, great narration"

    This audiobook was a joy to listen to. The story itself is very creative and engaging; and the narration is superb. Because of the excellent narration, this book is probably better listened-to than read. It's one of the best audible downloads I've purchased so far!

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    P. Jones Houston, Tx USA 05-12-06
    P. Jones Houston, Tx USA 05-12-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Off beat, but lots of fun"

    This is certainly not my favorite book by Neil Gaiman, but, it was a lot of fun to hear and made a several hour trip just that much quicker.

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    Amazon Customer CA , United States 04-07-06
    Amazon Customer CA , United States 04-07-06
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    I do not often enter reviews. This book and American Gods (by the same author) are special. They are new, different and refreshing. Kind of like when the Vampire Lestat series and the Harry Potter series were new and refreshing when they first showed up. I enjoyed watching this story line grow and evolve and very much look forward to more.

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    I was sucked into this book from the very start. The writer’s style and language keep you captivated throughout the book. The characters are vivid and defined and the narrator was awesome. I highly recommend this book and am looking forward to checking out other Neil Gaiman books.

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    I was amazed as the writer jumped in and out of reality seamlessly, and my mind went with him. It was really alot of fun to listen to and escape reality for a while.

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    Entertaining story, read wonderfully

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    Shelby Athens, GA, USA 02-19-06
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    "Fabulous"

    This is my favorite audio book ever. The reading is great and the story itself is really fun and interesting. I've never read Gaiman before, but I definitely plan to get more of his stuff!

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    G. P. Pivateau Houston, TX United States 01-27-06
    G. P. Pivateau Houston, TX United States 01-27-06 Listener Since 2003

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    An amazing tale on levels -- well written and well performed. It features comedy and adventure, tinged with a wonderful sweetness. Highly recommended.

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    Shanna Pearson Rhode Island 11-22-05
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    This was a great listen. Kept me interested through the entire story. If you liked fantasy as a kid but can't find something to satisfy that interest as an adult, give this a try.

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    Irving McLean, VA, USA 11-18-05
    Irving McLean, VA, USA 11-18-05 Member Since 2004
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    This is one of the best audiobooks I've heard in a while. The story is a clever mix of humor, fantasy, and mystery. However, the best thing about the audiobook is the narration, which is fantastic. Highly recommended!

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