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Neil Gaiman is amazing, so clever and innovative. This one shares some characters with his last, American Gods, but stands completely alone. Any readers of his Sandman graphic novels will know that Neil can take mythology and turn it on its head with wit and charm. The style is light and comical, harking back to Good Omens which he co-wrote with Terry Pratchett. New readers have a treat in store. Altogether a marvellous book written by a marvellous author. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Comparison: Michael Marshall Smith, Clive Barker, Chaz Brenchley.
Similar this month: None but try Susanna Clarke.

If you like Neil Gaiman you might also like to read books by Terry Pratchett, Chaz Brenchley and Ray Bradbury.

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Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

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 to 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 -- he is able to overturn the social order, create wealth out of thin air, and baffle the devil.

Exciting, scary, and deeply funny, Anansi Boys is a kaleidoscope journey deep into myth, a wild adventure, and a fierce and unstoppable farce, as Neil Gaiman shows us where gods come from, and how to survive your family.

About the Author

Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman is the acclaimed and award-winning author of the novels American Gods, Stardust, Anansi Boys, Neverwhere, Coraline, and The Graveyard Book. Winner of the Hugo, Nebula and Bram Stoker Awards, his work has been adapted for film, television, and radio, including Stardust (2007) and the BAFTA-winning and Oscar-nominated animated feature film Coraline (2009). He has written scripts for 'Doctor Who' and collaborated with Terry Pratchett, and The Sandman is already established as one of the classic graphic novels. As George R. R. Martin says, 'There's no one quite like Neil Gaiman'.

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Publication date

20th September 2005

Author

Neil Gaiman

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Publisher

Headline Book Publishing Ltd

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Hardback

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Fantasy
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ISBN

9780755305070

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