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Anansi Boys

Author: Neil Gaiman
Originally Published: 2005
Edition I Read Published: 2006
Publisher: HarperTorch, an imprint of HarperCollins
Source: Bookmooch

The Story

From the back of the book:

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.

The Response

I thoroughly enjoyed this one – surprisingly enough, more than any others of his books (which seems highly unlikely considering how much I enjoyed American Gods and Coraline, as well as the fact that most people seem to enjoy the other two more than this one).

But oh, I love the characters in this. Fat Charlie, Spider, Daisy, I love them all! And for someone who gobbles up character growth, this certainly had A LOT of that. Fat Nancy, for instance, was a little bit of a wimp at the beginning, but by the end he had come into his own as a son of a god.

The best part, though, was definitely the folklore aspect of the book. I studied a little bit of African folklore in a college course, but since then I haven’t had much exposure to it. It was a good way to be re-familiarized with bits of the story of Anansi, and I will definitely want to be reading more novels based on African folklore in the future. (Anyone have any suggestions?) Where most of the books that deal with folklore these days (or at lest those that I’ve read) seem to be relating to western folklore or greek mythology, this was a very nice change.

The Bottom Line

Loved this! Highly recommended to those who like fantasy novels that are based on real folklore/mythology.

Other Reviews

BookLust, Things Mean a Lot, Jo’s BookShelf, Bookshelves of Doom, Stella Matutina. Have you reviewed this book on your blog? Let me know and I’ll add your link.

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 2:31 pm July 6, 2011.
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  • http://avidreader25.blogspot.com/ Melissa

    Love this one! It’s so fun and fascinating, a great Gaiman novel.

  • http://myreadingbooks.blogspot.com Kailana

    I am supposed to be reading American Gods, but I fizzled out. I need to get back on track with it!

  • http://books.moonsoar.com Court

    Melissa – yes, it really is fun and fascinating!!

    Kelly – I had that problem with American Gods too. It took a while for it to really grab me.