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Anansi Boys (2005)

av Neil Gaiman

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Serier: American Gods (2)

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His past marked by his father's embarrassing taunts and untimely death, Fat Charlie meets the brother he never knew and is introduced to new and exciting ways to spend his time.
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I read this book for the first time several years ago, enjoyed it and, for some reason, completely forgot everything about. I just re-read it and... wow, I could have not remembered? Anansi Boys is fun, excitement and great characters, all mixed together into a fantastic novel. Highly recommended! ( )
  DPinSvezia | Nov 9, 2020 |
A fun, interesting read. Not quite as complex as American Gods, but still entertaining. ( )
  HillaryFredrick | Nov 4, 2020 |
Adventure, humour, gods and monsters, the trials and tribulations of family, insecurity, and global travel. Obviously, if you enjoyed [b:American Gods|30165203|American Gods (American Gods, #1)|Neil Gaiman|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1462924585s/30165203.jpg|1970226], you'll enjoy this. It's not the same and it's not a sequel, but it's set in the same "world(s)". And Anansi has about as large a part in this as he had in that previous adventure.

This continues my (physically) unrequited love affair with Neil Gaiman. Each of his books has been the equivalent of a long, snuggling snog under the covers.

I can especially recommend this book to anyone who has ever felt down on themselves. Insecure, mocked/teased/belittled as a child or adult. Or if you've just felt that you weren't quite comfortable in your own skin. That, perhaps, you hadn't quite found the song your life was meant to sing. This, then, is a book for you.

Enjoy! ( )
  James_Patrick_Joyce | Oct 24, 2020 |
Much, much lighter than American Gods. Engrossing and difficult to put down,as with all Neil Gaiman books. ( )
  grandpahobo | Oct 17, 2020 |
I was very surprised with this book. The only other thing of Gaiman's i'd read was Coraline a few weeks back and i thought its interesting but not that great. So i wasnt really expecting to be hooked with Anansi Boys. I only even opened the book accidentally. I then read the first paragraph and i liked it. I laughed a lot out loud. It was an amusing storyline and nicely written.
Gaiman's writing reminds me of Douglas Adams. Maybe not as good as the Hitchhiker's Guide books but could compete with Dirk Gently.
I found it very annoying that Gaiman's humor was reserved to the first few chapters and you only saw bits of it afterwards. Maybe its because i kept expecting the storyline to get even more ridiculous but kept getting disappointed.
There was also the fact that it was a simple book. It took me about 6 hours to finish and the wasnt much left to struggle over. I wouldnt call it a literary masterpiece or anything. Not exactly an ambitious work. It was nice that i got to learn some of the Anansi stories. Not something i was exposed to before. ( )
  Hiwot.Abebe | Sep 28, 2020 |
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Gaiman kutoo tapansa mukaan sujuvan ja houkuttelevan kertomuksen, joka ammentaa tarinoiden ja myyttien maailmasta. Sujuvan lukukokemuksen viimeistelee onnistunut suomennos.

Gaimaniin mieltyneille Hämähäkkijumala on puolipakollinen kirjahyllyn täyte ja kevytfantasiaa hakeville ihan yhtä hyvä tutustumiskirja kuin mikä tahansa varhaisempi romaani. Vaikka kirjan juoni ei juuri yllätäkään, Gaiman esittelee tarinankertojan lahjaansa: kykyä tehdä mahdottomasta todenmakuista.
tillagd av msaari | ändraKeskisuomalainen, Riku Ylönen (Jan 30, 2009)
 
And Charlie, who has become a successful singer and fathered a son, has come to terms with the powers and responsibilities of ''a boy who was half a god," having learned what Gaiman knows better, and communicates more forcefully, than any other contemporary writer: Stories and poems, songs and myths, represent us, sustain and complete us, and survive us, while also ensuring that all that's best in us survives with them.
tillagd av stephmo | ändraBoston Globe, Bruce Allen (Nov 20, 2005)
 
The focus on Anansi and tricksters, I think, goes a long way towards explaining the tone of this novel. It really feels more like some of the established "funny" sci-fi/fantasy authors (like Gaiman's Good Omens co-author Terry Pratchett) than "classic" Neil.
tillagd av stephmo | ändraPopMatters, Stephen Rauch (Nov 7, 2005)
 
The problem in "Anansi Boys" is the type of fantasy Gaiman has chosen. The tales of Anansi outwitting his foes leave you feeling you've eaten something heavy and sugary. There's an Uncle Remus folksiness to the stories that sends the airy blitheness of the farce plummeting down to earth.

There is also, I regret to say, the warm hand of instruction lying uneasily on this tale. Charlie works through his ineffectualness and his family issues to find happiness, contentment and - ugh - acceptance. It leaves you with the uncomfortable feeling that for Gaiman, farce by itself would simply have been too frivolous, that he feels the need to impart a lesson.
 
Anansi Boys contains a couple of traditional-style Anansi fables, and the book itself takes a similar ambling but wry, pointed tone; like any good Anansi story, it's about cleverness, appetite, and comeuppance, and it's funny in a smart, inclusive way. And like any good Gaiman book, it's about the places where the normal world and a fantastic one intersect, and all the insightful things they have to say about each other.
tillagd av stephmo | ändraThe A.V. Club, Tasha Robinson (Oct 5, 2005)
 

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You know how it is, you pick up a book, flip to the dedication, and find that, once again, the author has dedicated a book to someone else and not to you.

Not this time.

Because we haven't yet met/have only a glancing acquaintance/are just crazy about each other/haven't seen each other in much too long/are in some way related/will never meet, but will, I trust, despite that, always think fondly of each other ....

This one's for you.

With you know what, and you probably know why.
NOTE: The author would like to take this opportunity to tip his hat respectfully to the ghosts of Zora Neale Hurston, Thorne Smith, P.G. Wodehouse, and Frederick "Tex" Avery.
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It begins, as most things begin, with a song.
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Fat Charlie wondered what Rosie's mother would usually hear in a church. Probably just cries of "Back! Foul beast of Hell!" followed by gasps of "Is it alive?" and a nervous inquiry as to whether someone had remembered to bring the stakes and hammers. (Chapter 5)
"Your job is safe and sound. Safe as houses. As long as you remain the model of circumspection and discretion you have been so far."
"How safe are houses," asked Fat Charlie.
"Extremely safe."
"It's just that I read somewhere that most accidents occur in the home." (Chapter 5)
"The ties of blood," said Spider, "Are stronger than water."
"Water's not strong," objected Fat Charlie.
"Stronger than vodka, then. Or volcanoes". (Chapter 6)
The beast made the noise of a cat being shampooed, a lonely wail of horror and outrage, of shame and defeat. (Chapter 13)
"I figured even if there was a nuclear war, it would still leave radioactive cockroaches and your mum." (Chapter 14, Charlie speaking to Rosie)
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