December 13, 2016
In this #1 New York Times bestseller, Neil Gaiman returns to the territory of his masterpiece, American Gods, to once again probe the dark recesses of the soul.
God is dead. Meet the kids.
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 is on his doorstep—about to make Fat Charlie’s life more interesting . . . and a lot more dangerous.“Thrilling, spooky, and wondrous.”
“Awesomely inventive.… When you take the free-fall plunge into a Neil Gaiman book, anything can happen and anything invariably does.”
“Delightful, funny and affecting…. A tall tale to end all tall tales.”
—Washington Post Book World
This title was provided to us by the Publisher/Author. We were in no way compensated for our review(s).
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If there’s one author whose works I’ve always love, love, loved to read it’s Neil Gaiman’s. I grew up reading his stories and now that I’m no longer a child and finally in my late teens, I’ve had the opportunity to pick up and delve into his adult novels. If there is one Gaiman novel that holds a bit of a soft spot in my heart, it’s American Gods and since finishing American Gods I’ve been dying to read Anansi Boys, which is set in the same world. Having gotten to finally read Anansi Boys, I can say that Gaiman fans won’t be disappointed by the novel and should instead be prepared to be reeled back into a world full of danger and the supernatural.
In Anansi Boys, Fat Charlie has had a strained relationship with his father ever since childhood. It isn’t until Fat Charlie’s father dies that he discovers his father was really the god Anansi, and that Fat Charlie has a brother named Spider. When he makes the decision to bring Spider into his life, Fat Charlie learns too late that Spider isn’t the kind of company he might want to be keeping in his life after all. When Spider begins to interfere with Fat Charlie’s work life and romantic relationships, he decides the only way to maintain the life he’s made for himself is by cutting Spider out of it. But getting rid of Spider is no easy feat and Fat Charlie is about to learn that the introduction of Spider in his life is about to make everything very dangerous.
Like every other Gaiman novel, the writing and narration in Anansi Boys is stellar. The narrative is unique and creates an aura of mystery for the reader. Anansi Boys does switch from point-of-view to point-of-view as the novel progresses, and the narrative raises questions for the reader regarding each character and their motivations. The writing in Anansi Boys is also clear, vivid and excellent.
The one thing that I found different about Anansi Boys was the novel’s pacing. The novel had countless high moments and moments that toyed with my emotions, and like all novels there were moments that count as low, but I felt like the dangers that Fat Charlie and Spider faced weren’t as dangerous as they were bizarre. What I’m trying to say is that for every threat they encountered, I didn’t fear for the characters as much as I thought about how disturbing these threats were and how terrifying these disturbances could be.
I did really enjoy the cast of characters in Anansi Boys as well. Spider was a refreshing antagonist and contrasted with his brother, Fat Charlie, in the best of ways. Spider was probably my favorite character throughout the whole novel. He was funny, charming, a bit weird. But what was probably my absolute favorite thing about him was the fact that he was such a flawed and selfish character. He definitely stands out in my mind and will remain one of the novel’s most memorable characters in my opinion.
All in all, I would recommend Anansi Boys to readers who are fans of Gaiman’s other works and want to read more from him. Any readers who have picked up American Gods and enjoyed it would likely enjoy Anansi Boys as well. Any readers who are looking for a novel with supernatural elements, high stakes, and a unique plot should also give this novel a try.