Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

Title of book: Anansi Boys

Author of book: Neil Gaiman


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?

‘Anansi Boys’ is the sequel to ‘American Gods’ by Neil Gaiman, but you can read them separately, so I am planning on reading ‘American Gods’ real soon.

‘Anansi Boys’ tells the story of Fat Charlie Nancy, who is in fact not fat but has been labelled with the name since his Dad called him that. Fat Charlie’s life has consisted of being continually embarrassed by his Dad, who we eventually find out is the Spider God, Anansi. To make matters worse, Fat Charlie is shy, quiet and very unassuming, then his Dad died and everything changes.
Suddenly Fat Charlie finds himself in the realm of the Gods and the adventure really begins.

I thought ‘Anansi Boys’ was brilliant, I loved all the characters especially Fat Charlie, there was some moments that Fat Charlie experienced which you could relate to (i.e the wrath of embarrassing parents), his relationship with his future mother in law and being stuck in a job that he does not necessary like but feels he must to do it. Fat Charlie was a lovely character.

Read ‘Anansi Boys’ as soon as you get an opportunity, you will not be disappointed. I for one will be reading a lot more of Neil Gaiman’s work.

Rating: 10/10

Reviewed by:  Gyre 

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