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's on his doorstep -- about to make Fat Charlie's life more interesting... and a lot more dangerous.
Really, Anansi Boys may be the first thing I've read fro...more
It's recognizable Gaiman stuff, with the fish-out-of-water narrator in a modern fantasy world, with the...more
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...more
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 tricks...more
When we left Mr. Nancy (nan-cee from A-nan-si--get it? Gaiman: You. Me. Mad Gab match.) in American Gods he was winding down with Shadow at a karaoke bar. With Anansi Boys, Mr. Nancy--now, I'm-not-hiding-my-Godness-Anansi, we learn, has 2 children, only one whose ge...more
Notes I made while reading (I read this for a Book Club)...more
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...more
I think it's firstly because the following is quite possibly one of my favourite ever passages in literature:
“Each person who ever was or is or will be has a song. It isn't a song that anybody else wrote. It has its own melody, it has its own words. Very few people get to sing their song. Most of us fear that we cannot do...more
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...more
While Neil Gaiman is the brilliant head behind this fun and unique story, Lenny Henry is the voice that transformed this story into Superb! I believe this book should be in the 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die list, 'cause we all need a goo...more
But this didn't happen, thankfully. My first Neil Gaiman book was American Gods, and when my roommate (a much m...more
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.
I have to say it started a bit slowly for me but in retrospect, the slow start was necess...more
We follow "Fat Charlie" (you see Anansi, Charlie's father was a "g...more
"Fat Charlie" Nancy leads a life of comfortable workaholism in London, with a stressful agent job he doesn't like much, and a pleasant fiancée, Rosie. When Charlie learns of the death of his estranged father in Florida, he attends the funeral and learns two facts that turn his well-ordered existence upside-down: that his father was a human...more
Review by Nickolas Cook
For those familiar with Gaiman's past work, like me, you've probably come to appreciate his intelligent humor, story telling élan, and philosophical bent on the human condition. With "Anansi Boys" he again proves all of those qualities and more.
'Fat' Charlie Nancy is the disgruntled son of the forgotten African god, Anansi (we met him in Gaiman's masterpiece to date, "American Gods"), a mischievous spider deity, who stole all of the stories of cr...more
Fat Charlie is a very dull person, who works in a dead-end job and has very little life. He is engaged to a girl who doesn't love him, but who stays with him because he's safe. His greatest goal in life is to avoid embarrassment, and that m...more
Seriously, there were some times when teachers in the rooms next to the staff room had to explain to students that no, Chris is not eavesdropping and laughing at you, he just has a really funny book. I...more
Neil Gaiman skillfully weaves the strands to make an amusing tale of two sons of the trickster spider-god, Anansi. Fat Charlie, who's actually only fat briefly during childhood, lives a normal if not boring life for twenty-something years without knowing the true identity of his estranged father. Only after his father's death does he learn...more