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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

Critic Reviews

  • 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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  • John
  • EL CAJON, CA, United States
  • 05-10-17

A children's book for adults. It just makes me happy!

Warm and smooth, like a Caribbean breeze. Neil Gaiman has the ability to write for adults the way adults would want to write for their children. Don't write over their heads. Get to the point, and the point is be happy.

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Another fine tale from Neil Gaiman.

Neil is definitely a storyteller for our time. And this is his story of a storyteller. A god who preforms his magic by singing his tales. It delighted me for the entire story.

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narrator deserves 6 stars!

I love this author and I've read this book. It was so much more immersive hearing it read by such a talented narrator. every character had a distinct voice that fit their personalities. the Caribbean accents and variants thereof were incredible.

The story touches on themes of fathers and sons and brothers. the female characters are a bit tertiary, unfortunately, but the story tries to give them a little more dimension than others might. that's probably the only weakness here.

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  • Sofie
  • BRIDGEPORT, TX, US
  • 05-08-17

another good one

I love this author! If you haven't read any of his books you need to pick one up. I started with American Gods full cast production it was amazing! then I read the graveyard book...another classic and now this one Anasi boys it's a great story....

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Awesome Storytelling!

This book was recommended to me after I'd read American Gods. It is fun, magical, mystical and one of the authors best.

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NOT MY KIND OF STORY

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

generally read a thriller or a murder mystery. i picked this book because it had so many outstanding reviews, including one from Stephen King.

What was most disappointing about Neil Gaiman’s story?

I want a book that makes me want to finish it. this one didn't. I finished it only because I'd paid for it.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

some parts were very clever. fantasy.

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Sometimes less is more.

This was a fine compilation of folktales from Africa and the Caribbean and well told they were. The pseudo-rhythmical musical interludes between segments were quite unnecessary and distracting to the point of near insult. Well worth the time and very entertaining!

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Well written, Well read

Another piece of genius from Neil Gaiman. charming, gripping. Brilliantly read by Lenny Henry. His accents give the story life and context.

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  • Shawn
  • Beamsville, ON, Canada
  • 05-05-17

A great ride

The story grows nicely as it progresses with a satisfying ending. The narrator does a very good job with the range of characters.

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Great performance, but obnoxious effects and plot.

You'll be happily surprised with Lenny Henry's performance here, as he at least makes listening through this slog a halfway enjoyable ride. But the sounds effects that the sound engineer just couldn't resist putting in between certain chapters is not only a clear detriment, you'll be reaching for the 'forward 30 seconds' button each and every time just to continue on the plot that you're at least halfway invested in.
The plot itself is uninspired, and if you pay attention, you can see every turn and decision of the protagonist and his cohorts long before they actually happen. These aren't even enjoyable decisions, and you might keep listening to see where the story goes in hopes that it improves (like yours truly). But despite it, it plays out like a cheap children's film made straight to DVD but with some intentional adult humor mixed in. The elements, characters, and the rules of the world that permeate the setting makes for some interesting implications that beg to be looked at or expanded upon, but the author refuses to do even that, seeking to just make an unrealistic feel good plot that unrealistically wraps everything up at the end in the sense that "oh, its time to end the book. Lets put these two characters together, and these other two just for fun."
Overall, if you have children who don't mind listening to a chapter book instead of watching their favorite cartoons, this book is for you.