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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.
God is dead. Meet the kids.
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 -- a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure-house of story, and we are lucky to have him."
About the Author
Neil Gaiman has written award-winning books for children and adults, including the Newbery Medal-winning novel The Graveyard Book and Coraline, Stardust, and Odd and the Frost Giants. His picture books include Instructions and Blueberry Girl, illustrated by Charles Vess; The Wolves in the Walls, The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish, and Crazy Hair, illustrated by Dave McKean; and The Dangerous Alphabet, illustrated by Gris Grimly. A baby giant panda once sat on his lap and ate bamboo in Chengdu, China.
Praise for Anansi Boys…
“Deliciously compulsive . . . Grade: A.”
“Ebullient . . . The Gaiman faithful will devour it gratefully.”
“Somehow manages to be both really scary and really funny at the same time.”
“Witty and engaging.”
-Minneapolis Star Tribune
“The most accomplished of Gaiman’s novels . . . Urbane and sophisticated.”
-Time Out London
“A clever, quick-witted book.”
-Oklahoma City Oklahoman
“A remarkably funny book.”
“A madcap, screwball world that is partly absurd, occassionally humane and always entertaining.”
“Genre-busting . . . very creative and very funny. Grade: A-”
-Christian Science Monitor
“An off-kilter blend of reality and fantasy.”
“A droll comedy of manners with elements of mystery, thriller and romance thrown in . . . Charming.”
“Gaiman hardwires his comedy of misrule with a crackpot energy that, when successfully channelled, lights up the imagination.”
-Sunday Times (London)
“A thoughtful, atmospheric novel.”
“Ebullient . . . ingenious . . . enormously entertaining throughout.”
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Another lovely story as only Gaiman can tell it; necessary and recommended.”
“[Gaiman is] the folksy, witty, foolishly wise narrator to perfection.”
-Booklist (starred review)
“Funny and subversive . . . Gaiman’s mastery of language carries the reader through to a satisfying conclusion.”
“Delightful, funny and affecting . . . the literary equivalent of a hole in one.”
-Washington Post Book World
“Readers who enjoyed American Gods . . . will fall madly in love with ANANSI BOYS.”
-St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“A welterweight boxer of a book -- light on its feet, but capable of delivering a punch.”
“ANANSI BOYS makes an incredible read.”
“[Gaiman] gives his flair for comedy free rein without losing his appreciation for the darker aspects of world mythology.”
-San Francisco Chronicle
“A very accomplished comic novel.”
-Daily Telegraph (London)
“A hybrid of folk tale and farce that freely partakes of the comic wealth in each.”
“Another great work from Neil Gaiman.”
“Gaiman at his best.”
-Rocky Mountain News
“Darkly funny and heartwarming to the end, this book is an addictive read not easily forgotten.”
-School Library Journal