Anansi Boys

Anansi Boys

A Novel

Book - 2005
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Baker & Taylor
His past marked by his father's embarrassing taunts and untimely death, Fat Charlie meets the brother he never knew and is introduced to new and exciting ways to spend his time.


In this #1 New York Times bestseller, Neil Gaiman returns to the territory of his masterpiece, American Gods (soon to be a Starz Original Series) to once again probe the dark recesses of the soul.

God is dead. Meet the kids.

Fat Charlie Nancy’s normal life ended the moment his father dropped dead on a Florida karaoke stage. Charlie didn’t know his dad was a god. And he never knew he had a brother. Now brother Spider is on his doorstep—about to make Fat Charlie’s life more interesting . . . and a lot more dangerous.

“Thrilling, spooky, and wondrous.”

Denver Post

“Awesomely inventive.… When you take the free-fall plunge into a Neil Gaiman book, anything can happen and anything invariably does.”

Entertainment Weekly

“Delightful, funny and affecting.... A tall tale to end all tall tales.”

Washington Post Book World

Blackwell North Amer
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.

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His past marked by his father's embarrassing taunts and untimely death, Fat Charlie meets the brother he never knew and is introduced to new and exciting ways to spend his time. By the author of American Gods. 150,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2005
ISBN: 9780060515188
Branch Call Number: FIC Gaima
Characteristics: 336 p.


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Jan 09, 2017

I looked at some of the other reviews of this book and can't really say anything new. Great book, not as good as "American Gods", not favorite from Gaiman, but it is definitely recommendable, especially if you liked "American Gods". Good, funny, dark, and likable.

jesking Feb 26, 2016

Can't say enough how much I love this novel. One thing Gaiman is really good at is hiding pretty deep stuff inside simplicity. The story itself is so clean and simple, but it still hits you with all kinds of good stuff to think about.

Jul 05, 2015

I do like how Fat Charlie starts to gain confidence as the story progresses, and how Spider starts to see the wrongs in his ways.

I also like how Neil Gaiman, used the Anansi as the trickster in this story.

Chapel_Hill_KenMc Nov 19, 2014

This is a somewhat disappointing follow-up to American Gods. Then again, it's probably not easy to write a sequel to a masterpiece.

Jul 16, 2014

A wonderful sequel to American Gods that did not live up to the brilliance of its predecessor.

Jul 11, 2013

Definitely in the same universe as American Gods, but a bit more light and funny to read. This being a Neil Gaiman book, there are still dark parts to go along with the levity.

Dec 04, 2012

I loved the folklore and familial aspects of the story. Stories and songs have carried the histories and myths of humans since the beginning - and I like how he weaves that tradition into his story and illustrates it within the family. I love to hear those re-telling of tales passed on and on...keep it going...

wantdirection Aug 04, 2012

interesting book. you'll never guess how it ends.

Jul 27, 2012

This was very entertaining. Once you start reading you won't stop.

Nov 25, 2011

Good read that wraps around in how an individual can grow.

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wantdirection Aug 04, 2012

Fat Charlie Nancy has lived a majority of his adult life away from his embarrassing father. Now that he is about to marry the love of his life, Rosie, everything is about to change. Fat Charlie uncovers many hidden secrets about his family, and becomes a new person.


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