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One of fiction's most audaciously original talents, Neil Gaiman now gives us a mythology for a modern age -- complete with dark prophecy, family dysfunction, mystical deceptions, and killer birds. Not to mention a lime.

Anansi Boys
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 bestseller, 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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Anansi Boys
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4.3 / 5
A great little book
July 1st, 2016
It's my favorite by him. Very focused and it really plays around with mythology in an interesting way. It's a simple and comfortable read as well!
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Synchronicity and coincidence in real life.
November 24th, 2015
First read Neil's work as a co-author with Larry Niven in an extended series of the Ringworld universe. And unknowingly, years ago, as a co-author to Terry Pratchett in Good Omens. I decided to give him a spin on his own and was introduced to a weird, wonderful mind in The Anansi Boys Strangely, mid-book, I was backstage at a play, waiting for my entrance, discussing favorite authors with another actor. We covered Niven, PG Wodehouse and then she blurted out Neil G's name under her Science Fiction list. Having finished the book, I eagerly anticipate my next foray into his imagination.
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April 19th, 2014
This is kind of a sequel to American Gods, but you can read it perfectly fine on its own. It contains the typical Neil Gaiman characters within a typical Neil Gaiman version of our world and other worlds which makes it, as always, unpredictable to say what will happen next or how it might end.
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September 25th, 2013
You hate everyone at the begin just love everyone in the end (except Rosie's mother, you gonna hate her all the time)
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Thoroughly enjoyed this one
August 4th, 2013
Not my favorite Neil Gaiman novel but a good one nonetheless
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Anansi Boys
June 10th, 2013
Another great book by Neil Gaiman. A slow start builds up to a great "road trip" full of lifelike, human characters, especially those that are supposed to be something else. Highly recommended!
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