Anansi Boys (American Gods #2)
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
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...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 trickste...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
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...more
Anyway, this story center around Charles "Fat Charlie" Nancy, a timid, passive man from London whose...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
Notes I made while reading (I read this for a Book Club)...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 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...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 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
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
I listened to this one, rather than read it, and had been using it as soothing background noise when I'd get a migraine, just letting it kind of wash over me and take my mind o...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
Maybe part of my problem with this book was reading it so c...more
Gaiman’s sequel to American Gods doesn’t disappoint. It may not be as good as the first, but it has its own unique charm. Where American Gods was dark and heavy, Anansi Boys is light and comical, that is without losing the trademark Gaiman enchantment. It’s still about gods, but it’s more down to earth and is more invested on the humanistic aspect of things. The protagonist is a guy named Fat Charlie, the son of...more
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...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
To be clear, I liked Anansi Boys (hence the 4-star rating). It's entertaining all the way through. It's clever, it's funny, it draws on a lot of tales mythology buffs will geek out over, and for anyone who liked American Gods, it's basically more of the same.
Which is kind of the problem: it's just more of the same.
There are a lot of ways Fat Charlie is like Shadow, the protagonist of American Go...more
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