Anansi Boys Book Review

Anansi Boys
Author: Neil Gaiman
pages: 400
Reading level: Adult

My stars: 4 stars

Anansi Boys, by Neil Gaiman, is a strange book. I didn't quite understand everything that happened along the way, but I did enjoy myself all the while. Anansi is a prominent African and Caribbean god. He is a spider in form, but often takes the guise of a man. Part of me really liked this book, but part of me simply thought it was okay. Neil Gaiman is a wonderful word-spinner, and definitely at the top of his craft here. The writing is beautiful. The prose flows smoothly and reads easily. I found myself laughing at some of the word choices because they were perfect. The style of the book isn't too serious, but it's not not-serious, either, and this worked well with the many different characters.

Synopsis: Description: Charlies dad wasn't just any dad. He was Anansi, a trickster god, the spirit of rebellion able to overturn the social order, create wealth out of thin air, and baffle the devil. When he dies on a karaoke stage, things get very interesting for Charlie.

Description: 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.

Peace,Love and Twilight


  1. I liked Anansi Boys too. The one that puzzled me was American Gods.


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