Anansi Boys

Anansi Boys

by NeilGaiman (Author)

Synopsis

Fat Charlie Nancy is not actually fat. He was fat once but he is definitely not fat now. No, right now Fat Charlie Nancy is angry, confused and more than a little scared - right now his life is spinning out of control, and it is all his dad's fault. If his rotter of an estranged father hadn't dropped dead at a karaoke night, Charlie would still be blissfully unaware that his dad was Anansi the spider god. He would have no idea that he has a brother called Spider, who is also a god. And there would be no chance that said brother would be trying to take over his life, flat and fiancee, or, to make matters worse, be doing a much better job of it than him. Desperate to reclaim his life, Charlie enlists the help of four more-than-slightly eccentric old ladies and their unique brand of voodoo - and between them they unleash a bitter and twisted force to get rid of Spider. But as darkness descends and badness begins is Fat Charlie Nancy going to get his life back in one piece or is he about to enter a whole netherworld of pain. This work includes extra material exclusive to "Headline Review's" edition.

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Format: Hardcover
Pages: 400
Edition: First Edition
Publisher: Headline Review
Published: 20 Sep 2005

ISBN 10: 0755305078
ISBN 13: 9780755305070

Media Reviews
'Whizzing, twirling, erupting into dazzling cartwheels, firing off showers of multi-colored sparks, chortling to itself and muttering killer-diller one-liners, ANANSI BOYS draws the reader, ever more wide-eyed and amazed, into a world both feather-light and chockablock with mortal danger. Only Neil Gaiman could have brought this fraught enchantment into being, and the ongoing, ultimately revelatory travails of Fat Charlie Nancy display Gaiman's remarkable imaginative powers at full stretch. This book is going to sail off the shelves' Peter Straub -- Peter Straub 20050601 'A warm, funny, immensely entertaining story about the impossibility of putting up with your relations -- especially if they happen to be Gods. Anansi Boys combines the anarchy of Douglas Adams with a Wodehousian generosity of spirit. Guaranteed to make all but the most committed arachnophobe feel gratefully towards spiders' Susanna Clarke -- Susanna Clarke 20050601 'Neil Gaiman is one of the few genuinely intelligent writers of what is generally described as 'post-modern' fiction -- his work is thoughtful, wise, spiritually challenging and incredibly funny!From Gaiman, it's a treasure, every word. I can't imagine a better way to start a holiday' Manda Scott, Church of England Newspaper, 22 July 2005 -- Manda Scott, Church of England Newspaper 20050722 'Brilliant mingling of the mundane and the fantastic' Publishers Weekly, 18/7/05 -- Publishers Weekly 20050718 'Gaiman juggles several intersecting narratives expertly!blithely echoing numerous creation myths and folklore motifs, Terry Southern's antic farces, Evelyn Waugh's comic contes cruel, and even -- here and there -- Muriel Spark's whimsical supernaturalism!enormously entertaining throughout' Kirkus Reviews, 15 July 2005 -- Kirkus Reviews 20050715 'The author...gives us powerful deities - Anansi is as charming and dangerous as he ought to be! A thoughtful, atmospheric novel' -- The Times 20050917 'A book it's impossible not to love' -- Starburst 20050916 'Gaiman is best-known for his Sandman series of graphic novels, but here he demonstrates an equally vivid ability to portray the mythic and the fantastic in comic prose...slapstick and verbal pyrotechnics are the primary motors of the book. The apparent effortlessness of this sort of writing requires planning and execution of a very high order... Neil Gaiman is a very good writer indeed, and this is a very funny bedtime story' -- Daily Telegraph 20051001 'Bizarre, bonkers!rather brilliant' -- Ian Hislop 20051001 'Charm...and plotting that pirouettes on a dime. Urbane and sophisticated' Time Out -- Time Out 20051012 'Exhilarating and terrifying' -- Independent 20051012 'This is the most accomplished of Gaiman's novels thus far... Anansi Boys has charm going for it and a plot that pirouettes on a dime. Urbane and sophisticated' -- Time Out 20051012 'Part soap opera, part macabre fairy tale, part supernatural horror... Gaiman's writing is as sharp as ever, full of flair and fun...his characters are huge and full-blooded... Often hilarious and just as often unsettling, Anansi Boys is a dark delight' -- SFX magazine 20051029 '[Neil Gaiman is the] literary equivalent of a sexy rock star' -- Scotland on Sunday 20051113 'A warm, funny, immensely entertaining story... Anansi Boys combines the anarchy of Douglas Adams with a Wodehousian generosity of spirit' -- Susanna Clarke 'As imaginative fiction goes it has become clear that Gaiman has long since left any box. His credentials as a bankable novelist have grown with each title!from his epic of warring divinities, AMERICAN GODS, to ANANSI BOYS, which debuted at number 1 on the New York Times bestseller list.' -- Time, Australia 20060530 'Mixing farce and fantasy, epic mythology and domestic drama, Gaiman's novel is a clever piece of storytelling and a celebration of the magic of make-believe.' -- Independent on Sunday 20060604
Author Bio
Neil Gaiman was born in England but now lives in Minnesota, in a big house of uncertain location where he accumulates computers and cats.