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Anansi Boys

A book by Neil Gaiman

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Great novel - keep an eye out for the movie adaptation!

  • Aug 3, 2010
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I've not read much Neil Gaiman before, but I was quickly converted. With a hero called Fat Charlie, a larger than life brother named Spider and a mysterious father who is possibly also an African god, what's not to love?
 
The main character Fat Charlie isn't really fat and prefers to be called Charles, but his father gave him the nickname, and what his father says sticks. Gearing up to be married to his fiancé Rosie, preparations are disrupted by the death of his father, Mr Nancy. The description of this ‘death’ are hilarious and worth the price of the book alone, Gaiman treating morbid subjects with flair and wit, deftly showing just how embarrassing it is to have a god for a father. Travelling to Florida for the funeral, Fat Charlie meets his father’s friend Callyanne Higgler who reveals all to the hapless and rather drab hero. She also mentions the existence of a mysterious brother who later turns up in London and causes havoc. Everything escalates from there including fraud, karaoke and many other gods.
 
The two plot lines of grief and the chaos caused by the brothers getting to know each other form the basis of this very funny novel, which according to Gaiman’s blog, is soon going to be a movie. Having seen (but not read) Stardust, I think this is a very good thing indeed.

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review by . July 01, 2010
This book is just.. Amazing. It's one of those "makes you feel every emotion you have" books. It is beautifully written, and is impossible not to get immersed in. I recommend this book to anyone and everyone, because i truly believe it has a little something for everyone. It's hilarious, frightening, and at times very sad. But ultimately you'll walk away from it feeling good, and like anything is possible. 
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
Although set in the same "world" as American Gods, you can enjoy this book without having read the first one. An enjoyable read.
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
Not as good as the first book, but a worthy sequel.
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