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Anansi Boys (American Gods #2)

3.99  ·  Rating Details  ·  135,581 Ratings  ·  6,587 Reviews
Fat Charlie Nancy is not actually fat. He was fat once but he is definitely not fat now. No, right now Fat Charlie Nancy is angry, confused and more than a little scared right now his life is spinning out of control, and it is all his dads fault.

If his rotter of an estranged father hadn't dropped dead at a karaoke night, Charlie would still be blissfully unaware that his d
Paperback, 488 pages
Published 2006 by Au Diable Vauvert (first published 2005)
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Gbolahan No, they're not connected.
And, no, do not bother to read American gods...
Anansi Boys is a stand-alone novel. I know people who read American gods (and…more
No, they're not connected.
And, no, do not bother to read American gods...
Anansi Boys is a stand-alone novel. I know people who read American gods (and hated it) and hence didn't want to read Anansi Boys. I had to beg then to not give up on the ever-so eccentric Gaiman.
Anansi Boys is the BOMB ☺(less)
Cathy Sprankle I'd say no; I just finished reading Anansi Boys and didn't realize until just now that it was a sequel to American Gods. I enjoyed it thoroughly.
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Seth T.
Apr 14, 2008 Seth T. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I laughed out loud. While reading. In a Japanese rice bowl joint. Okay, so maybe it was more of a chortle, but it was definitely out loud. And more than just the once. Patrons quietly minding their own business while slogging through their Number Three Specials With Extra Tokyo Beef would be startled into wakefulness to see me - chopsticks in one hand, book in the other - as my grizzled maw broke forth with guffaws and irrepressible smiles.

Really, Anansi Boys may be the first thing I've read fro
Mar 24, 2014 Qiana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I agree with many of the reviewers who praise this fun and inventive novel, but I am especially fascinated by how Gaiman represents race in Anansi Boys. He chooses not to explicitly identify that his globe-trotting main characters are black until at least p. 32 (if I'm mistaken, somebody please let me know) and only then as a point-of-fact that is secondary to their status as gods. It is true that anyone who has read American Gods or heard traditional African folktales will have met Anansi befor ...more
J.G. Keely
I've come to recognize that one of the main reasons I enjoyed this book so much was that I listened to the audiobook, performed by comedian Lenny Henry, whose background as a Brit of Caribbean descent made him the perfect choice to bring the characters to life. A lot of audiobooks aren't very good, but this one way great, and really brings out the fact that Anansi stories are meant to be heard.

It's recognizable Gaiman stuff, with the fish-out-of-water narrator in a modern fantasy world, with the
Jun 11, 2013 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog
A Digression and a Review:

When I was a child who was much too prone to being serious for her own good, there was a catalpa tree in our backyard. Now, if you don't know what a catalpa tree is, it's worth a Google. Catalpas are beautiful and exotic, with giant leaves we used as "plates" to have fairy-like meals of mulberry and honeysuckle (with mimosa blossoms as a bit of garnish), giant bean pods that hung down like sylvan fingers ready to ensnare an unsuspecting child, white orchid-like flowers
Apr 22, 2010 Patrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the few Gaiman books that I only gush mildly about, as opposed to gushing enthusiastically.

It's a solid book, and it does all the things that makes Gaiman's books great. It's got humor, myth, gravitas, cleverness.... But it simply didn't impress me as much as Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods, or Coriline.

I'm willing to admit that the only reason I don't rank this book as 5 stars is because I'm comparing it to his other books, which are profound and perfect. That's probably unfair of
Jason Koivu
Anansi Boys is like a rollercoaster without the loops, very few twists and one that keeps the speed to a minimum. You strap yourself in, ready for excitement that never materializes. My god, I've never felt more luke warm towards a book in my life.

The mildly interesting story is of a somewhat relatable modern day slacker coming to grips with his father's and brother's overwhelming personalities as well as a fantasy world he didn't know existed. I'm tired of stories with modern day slackers brin
Jan 21, 2016 Lyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman blends the best attributes of Gaiman’s extraordinary talent: excellent writing, original storytelling, mythic elements, and confidence.

A central theme in the narrative is about confidence and that is also how Gaiman tells the tale, his writing exudes confidence, he writes with a virtuoso’s swagger. Not really taking off where American Gods left off, but neither does it depart from Gaiman’s myth and legends foundations, Anansi Boys sings the song of Fat Charlie, Mr. Na
ANANSI BOYS (hereinafter AB) is the archetype tale of the hero's quest but in place of the typical warrior hero is a fool, and, oh, it happens to take place in our days and there is the wonder of something magical yet not totally seen.

Our fool of a hero is Fat Charlie. He used to be chubby as a kid but now he's in good enough shape yet everyone remembers him as Fat Charlie so the name sticks, much to his chagrin, and, it's all the fault of his father.

Wait, did I tell you his father is a trickste
Sep 27, 2010 Brad rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I love Neil Gaiman's Sandman so much that I am desperate to love the rest of his work, but I can't do much more than like it because it's mostly only okay.

He deals with all the stuff I love -- mythology, the occult, death, dreams, the urban fantastic -- but he's too tongue-in-cheek. When I read one of his novels, I feel like I'm reading the Nick Hornby of fantasy. Too clever, too hip and too cool for his own good.

It's not that I don't like his prose work. I do. And I even love some of it (like W
4.0 to 4.5 stars. Another superb story by one of my favorite authors. While not a sequel to his superb American Gods, it shares the title character with that book along with some references to his adventures in that story. While those references add to the richness of the tale, there is no necessity of reading American God first (except for the obvious one that it is one of the best books ever).

Anyway, this story center around Charles "Fat Charlie" Nancy, a timid, passive man from London whose
Dec 20, 2010 Madeline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's remarkable, really, how long I was permitted to exist without reading Neil Gaiman. In retrospect, I suppose it's a good thing that I didn't read any of his books until college - had I been exposed to his work in high school, the result would have been a near-obsession filled with pages of awful fanfiction and an emotional meltdown when I learned that Mr. Gaiman is happily married.

But this didn't happen, thankfully. My first Neil Gaiman book was American Gods, and when my roommate (a much m
Maggie Stiefvater
Oct 10, 2011 Maggie Stiefvater rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recommended
I kept intending to write a proper review/ recommendation of ANANSI BOYS, which I read while I was in Australia, but for some reason, every time I sat down to write it, all that came out were words in one syllables, which makes for a lousy book review. Sample copy of my early blog posts about ANANSI BOYS:

This book is good.
This book is fast.
This book is fun.
This book is what it says it is.
Which is fun.
This book is a good, fast, fun read.

I'm just not sure it's going to get any better than that. I
May 23, 2007 Kate rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sci-fi fans, Gaiman newbies
I'm not sure what I was expecting. I had quite a bit of knowledge about the Anansi stories going in (my dad, a college prof, was also a professional storyteller while I was growing up, and the Anasi stories were part of his routine) -- perhaps someone who was meeting Anansi for the first time via Gaiman would feel differently. Though multi-layered, it was light enough to feel deceptively simple, yet I felt as though it lacked... something.

Notes I made while reading (I read this for a Book Club)
Jan 18, 2016 Klodovik2 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Iaako se vodi kao nastavak Američkih bogova ova knjiga je sve osim toga. S Bogovima dijeli jednog sporednog lika (Anasija) i svjet u kojem se odvija radnja.
Negdi sam pročitao da je Gaiman Anasijeve dečke počeo pisati prine Američkih Bogova ali da je njih prije dovršio. To se apsolutno vidi u stilu kojim su te knjige pisane. Dok su Bogovi mračniji i više podsjećaju na mitove Anasijevi dečki su, poput prijašnjih Gaimanovih djela, bajka. Lijepo osmišljena i ispričana bajka koja te drži priljepljen
Mar 29, 2016 Donna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
2.5 stars
I should have known better than to try another book by Gaiman after too many disappointments from him in the past. But I've read just enough good work by him to keep me coming back, hoping to strike gold again. Unfortunately, all I found here was fool's gold. Maybe that sounds harsh, considering the story was very imaginative, rich in details stemming from a myth originating in an African folktale. But here's why I think this book glitters only on the surface.

The character from the abo
To be quite honest with you, I didn't particularly like the first third of this book. It's got nothing to do with the way it's written (Neil Gaiman is as funny and imaginative as ever), it was something else. The things is, I'm a sucker for sibling relationships and I was pleasantly surprised to find one in this book. But Spider and Fat Charlie spend the first half of this book arguing and generally making each others lives hell and it just made me uncomfortable. There were other things too, lik ...more
Z Russo
Jun 24, 2011 Z Russo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Mr. Gaiman has the same problem as Terry Pratchet. He can present the material, but he can't make me care. It's not a good sign when you're halfway through a book and you realize that if you put down the book and walked away right then and there, and never found out how the book ended, you wouldn't care. I don't care whether things work out between him and Rosie. I don't care if his dad is still alive or not. I don't care if he and his brother ever make up. I wouldn't care if the author ended th ...more
Kevin Xu
Jun 06, 2016 Kevin Xu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read
a great follow up to American Gods
Sep 05, 2007 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
Some people might prefer American Gods, with that epic tone, but I prefer Anansi Boys, and not just because it's entertaining and lighthearted, but because it seems to have been pulled off much more smoothly. Finally, Gaiman is writing about someone more like himself than Shadow was- a person who lives in England having adventures in America. Though Fat Charlie is American by origin, he's very British, and I guess that just made it easier for Gaiman because he took it and ran with it and everyth ...more
Oct 04, 2015 SuperHeroQwimm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again Gaiman has left me feeling unsure of whatever it is that I just read. He always does this. It's always good, but I would never be able to explain it. I was also confused for a very long time waiting for it to connect with American Gods in some way other than both of them having gods. Maybe it did and it's just been so long I didn't recognize it. Eventually I just decided they didn't really have much to do with one another and moved along.
Can anyone explain the connection between the b
Jan 08, 2016 Mladen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kao što napisah ranije tokom čitanja, knjiga mi je godinama stajala na polici. Valjda sam iz nekog razloga mislio da mi se neće dopasti. I baš sam pogrešio.
S jedne strane, neopravdano je skupljala prašinu.
S druge strane, drago mi je što sam je tek sada pročitao, jer me je podsetila kakav je Gejmen bio pre nego što je upao u mašinu za mlevenje priča u pare (Okean koji se pisan tako da, ako je moguće, bude adaptiran u film, ili nesrećna Trigger Warning, koja je, uz svega par izuzetaka, kao zbirk
Ksenia Anske
Jan 28, 2016 Ksenia Anske rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Magic. A special kind of magic, the dark delicious sly kind of magic, where magic things come from places you won't expect, like old ladies' mutterings and crumpled feathers, where spiders are men and men are spiders and the old gods are animals and fight for the stories, and where Fat Charlie has stepped into it all simply because he got a little drunk, because his fiancé was late for dinner. Lesson: drink to see magic. Actually, no, it started earlier than that, but I won't tell you. This book ...more
Spider the Doof Warrior
I love this book. No wonder it's been the One Book I want to Read. I couldn't find my autographed copy of it so I bought a paperback of it.
This book is full of things I love such as spiders, fedoras, and humour. It's kind of a loose sequel to American Gods only funnier and less dark focusing on Anansi and his sons.
It's a pure delight. The only thing better than this book would be a spider in a fedora and just try to get a fedora on a spider.
Aug 24, 2015 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of fantasy
I had this 1st edition hardcover novel lying about for some time and only after recently building some new bookshelves I discovered books I had bought but forgotten about.
Having read this book, which was not a strain at all because Gaimans prose makes you have a fairly easy read, I found that my giving this novel to my youngest daughter in Dutch something I should have waited with. She loved the story about star who fell to earth but was clearly to young for a tale this complex. Meaning that thi
Contrary to some critics who take themselves quite seriously who thumbed their noses at "Anansi Boys," I, who do not take my self too seriously, loved it. Is it as good a novel as "American Gods?" Well, yes it is. However, it is a different kind of tale. You will not find the darkness layered on so thickly in "American Gods" in this tale. Nor do I think that Gaiman intended the reader to find the same level of seriousness in what Gaiman calls his follow up "adult" novel to "American Gods." Gaima ...more
May 16, 2008 Brownbetty marked it as abandoned-unfinished  ·  review of another edition
It is time to admit I am not going to finish this book. It sat next to my bed with the spine cracked open to chapter two for I don't know how many months without my even touching it. The reason why is very simple: I cannot stand the protagonist, Fat Charlie. He is an utter drip. He's winging, and useless, and sort of ill-willed about it.

I got far enough in to meet the second major character, Spider, who is incredibly obnoxious , at which point I put the book down for however many months it's bee
Dan Schwent
Jun 17, 2009 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gaiman
Fat Charlie's father dies while singing karioke. Soon afterward, Charlie meets Spider, his previously unknown brother. Spider proceeds to wreck Charlie's life in humorous ways. Did I mention Charlie's dad was Anansi, the spider god? You'd think I would have mentioned that first.

My interest in Neil Gaiman led me to discover Wodehouse and this book really show's Wodehouse's influence on Gaiman. Fat Charlie and Spider's relationship is straight out of a Wodehouse book. It's not hard to imagine Fat
Arthur Graham
Jan 14, 2015 Arthur Graham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sort of like American Gods, but more manageable in scale. I enjoyed both books, but readers turned off by the sprawling narrative of AG might enjoy this one better.
Jun 24, 2014 Jessi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fairy-tales, england
Sweet Hell can Neil Gaiman write a story!

This book is the story of Mr. Nancy from American Gods
(loved so much); well it pretty much takes place immediately after his death. His son Fat Charlie must fly to Florida from London to deal with arrangements and say his final good-bye, the final good bye bit does not go well for him at the funeral and is quite comical. Fat Charlie finds out his father was a God and he has a brother named Spider that he has no memory of. From this point on Fat Charl
Mike (the Paladin)
It seems that at times an author has an idea and then works it from many different points of view. Sometimes this works sometimes not. In this case it seems to have worked. Neil Gaiman at some point came up with the idea of "old gods" or "god beings" or possibly "godlike beings". I wasn't really bowled over by American Gods, nor for that matter by the follow up novella he wrote based on it later. This however is an excellent read.

We follow "Fat Charlie" (you see Anansi, Charlie's father was a "g
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