July 3, 2016

Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

Title:  Anansi Boys
Author:  Neil Gaiman
Pages:  306
Genre:  Thriller
Publisher:  HarperCollins, 2005
Series:  Stand Alone

Synopsis:  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.

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.

Review:  This book was very different from what I was expecting.  It was funny, which I expected, but it surprised me by being also scary and touching.  The story was quite good.  It's not my favorite book by this author, but it was still fun to read.

It's hard to write anything about this book without giving away some of the surprises so I'll just say that, even though I really hate spiders, I still loved this book.

Rating:  8 / 10

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