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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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    Amazon Customer Kalispell, MT 02-09-07
    Amazon Customer Kalispell, MT 02-09-07 Member Since 2011
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    "Amusing and it kept me listening"

    All along you keep rooting for the main character to stand up for himself and finally he does. It's just a good resolution to the story.

    I liked the narrator. He gives the characters spark and humor.

    Great listen!

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    Heather Austin, TX, USA 01-25-07
    Heather Austin, TX, USA 01-25-07
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    "Passed the time"

    I really expected this to be an outstanding book. It was really strange and not up to the hype. This book will pass the time, but it is not something that grabs you and won't let go.

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    Susan Seattle, WA, USA 12-07-06
    Susan Seattle, WA, USA 12-07-06 Member Since 2014
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    "Not just funny"

    I just finished the book and was enchanted.

    I agree with reviewers who talk about how funny the book is. But I was definitely moved. I like to think that more of us have a fat Charlie inside--or a Spider. Folks who have a little nerve to live better, be better, more imaginative, more generous. Even Rosie's Mom has her moments. Narrative is imaginative. The impulse is generous.

    I also loved Gaiman's The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish and American Heroes. Check out Neil Gaiman.

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    Molly Laporte, MN, USA 09-17-06
    Molly Laporte, MN, USA 09-17-06 Member Since 2012
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    "funny little story."

    This book is a fantastical story of an ordinary man who encounters the world of the gods. It is comical and and follows an upredictable story line. I enjoyed it. Howver, at times it was so far out, that I had a difficult tine loosing myself in the story.

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    Linda Rockford, MI, USA 09-07-06
    Linda Rockford, MI, USA 09-07-06
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    "Unique & Fun"

    I've never heard a tale quite like this one. If you're interested in something a little different, but still funny and entertaining, this is a good choice.

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    08-05-06
    08-05-06 Listener Since 2005
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    "An Excellent Adventure"

    I really enjoyed this book. It was so entertaining and vividly written. The person who read it was top notch. I tried to find other books he'd narrated but to no avail. I liked the characters more than the plot and in some places the plot lost me but overall I wish I had more books like this one. I loved it.

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    Ronnie escondido, CA, USA 08-04-06
    Ronnie escondido, CA, USA 08-04-06 Member Since 2010
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    "wonderful"

    I had no idea what this book was about, I saw that it had perfect reviews by audible listners so I decided to give it a try. This was the best decision I have made on audible. The story and narration are excellant. I could not stop listening, filled with suspense, intrigue and a lot of laughs. perfect pick.

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    Shannon Chicago, IL, United States 07-25-06
    Shannon Chicago, IL, United States 07-25-06 Member Since 2013
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    "47 Listeners Agree! It's terrific!"

    This is one of my two favorite listens ever. (_David Copperfield_, with Frederick Davidson, is the other.)
    This is also one of the few books I've found with NO negative reviews. (Although I suspect someone will now store one just to ruin this fine book's perfect record.)
    The book is funny, scary, unexpected, inventive and cool. The narrator does an amazing job with Charlie's lower class accent and Spider's ultra-hip urban black American accent, as well as all the other characters' voices. He even sings well! Although many people write about "LOL"ing, I seldom either do it or write it. In this case, however, I frequently embarassed myself by laughing out loud on the bus and the street. I liked _American Gods_, but found it a little dark for my taste. I LOVED this book.

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    Paul bristow, VA, USA 06-20-06
    Paul bristow, VA, USA 06-20-06
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    "Interesting Listen"

    The story was pretty interesting and unique. The narrator stole the show though. He kept me engrossed and switched between American and British accents. I will look for more books by both the author and narrator. I listened to this book while commuting and found myself sitting in the car waiting for a breaking point. And now I know why birds eat spiders.

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    Leslie Roswell, GA, USA 06-18-06
    Leslie Roswell, GA, USA 06-18-06
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    "Great Story"

    Beautifully narrated, with all the streetwise Black, British and Caribbean inflections that added so much to the story. I read Neal Gaiman's Sandman series in the 80's and love his dark supernatural bent. I am now talking to spiders, expecting some slick and lovely god-man to show up. My only complaint - I wasn't ready to leave his world when it was done. Culture Shock!

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