“Anansi Boys” by Neil Gaiman book
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  • Unfortunately, what should have been a warm reunion turns into a night on the town, where Charlie sees Spiders powers in action and starts a chain of events leading to the loss of a finance, a criminal arrest, and a deal with an unfriendly god to rid Charlie of his brother
  • Gaiman has always been fun to read, and at times a little more fantastical than I would have preferred, but the Anansi Boys kept me entertained from the first page, and I found myself entranced by Spiders inability to catch on to not being wanted
  • I thought moments in the book were hysterical and found myself wanting to encounter the people who Charlie meets, but was able to share in the protagonists frustration over the inability to keep the situations normal and under control
  • This book made me think about the embarrassing situations in my own life, and take a few moments to understand that not everything is a matter of life and death… This was the type of story that will make you smile and one that I would recommend to anyone who needs a fantasy fix or is looking to return to the fairy tale world of youth through an adult book

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      I’ve been a fan of Gaiman’s since reading “Stardust” in my youth. He has never failed to surprise and delight me. His worlds are vivid and his tone upbeat. He has a natural power to create a fairytale in a modern time. Following in the footsteps of “American Gods,” Gaiman has kept a similar, though more comical theme in his “Anansi Boys.”

      The “Anansi Boys” is the story of two brothers split in youth who come to find one another over the death of their father. While both are the natural sons of a trickster god, Charlie, the stories protagonists, is the brother left


      with cunning but no powers.

      At the death of his father, Charlie takes time to head to Florida, from the United Kingdoms, in order to pay his respects to the man who spent so much time and took so much pleasure in embarrassing Charlie during the younger years.

      Charlie learns of his brothers existence and makes the mistake of requesting Spiders presence. Unfortunately, what should have been a warm reunion turns into a night on the town, where Charlie sees Spiders powers in action and starts a chain of events leading to the loss of a finance, a criminal arrest, and a deal with an ...


      • unfriendly god to rid Charlie of his brother.

        Gaiman has always been fun to read, and at times a little more fantastical than I would have preferred, but the “Anansi Boys” kept me entertained from the first page, and I found myself entranced by Spiders inability to catch on to not being wanted. I thought moments in the book were hysterical and found myself wanting to encounter the people who Charlie meets, but was able to share in the protagonists frustration over the inability to keep the situations normal and under control.

        I thought the ideas of normalcy spread throughout the book were fun little

        prods about how we take ourselves to seriously over time, and the relationship between Charlie and his brother was more relevant to our own insecurities than to any fraternal relationship that I could imagine. This book made me think about the embarrassing situations in my own life, and take a few moments to understand that not everything is a matter of life and death…

        This was the type of story that will make you smile and one that I would recommend to anyone who needs a fantasy fix or is looking to return to the fairy tale world of youth through an adult book.




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