Anansi Boys

by Neil Gaiman | Science Fiction & Fantasy |
ISBN: 0755331141 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Shimmy-crazy of Finchley, Greater London United Kingdom on 10/15/2006
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9 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by Shimmy-crazy from Finchley, Greater London United Kingdom on Sunday, October 15, 2006
Here's the synopsis from the back:

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?

Journal Entry 2 by Shimmy-crazy from Finchley, Greater London United Kingdom on Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Another fantastic Neil Gaiman book. This one wasn't quite as dark as the others I have read but was very funny, had to stop myself giggling on the train whilst reading it.

Journal Entry 3 by Shimmy-crazy from Finchley, Greater London United Kingdom on Friday, March 02, 2007
Am sending this one out on a bookring.

Here's the list
harry-sougin UK (post Int)
RowanneM UK (post ?)
Wickedlazy UK (post Europe)
Samulli Germany (post Germany)
JamsODonnellToo Germany (post Europe)
rapturina Netherlands (post Int)
Jengif US (post Int)
redhot-brat US (post Int)
RDWirral UK (post Europe)
platypussj UK (post Int)
abrokenstarr UK (post ?)
and back to me.

Posted to harry-sougin 16/03/07

Journal Entry 4 by harry-sougin on Wednesday, April 11, 2007
recieved this book a few weeks ago and couldnt wait to start it. wasnt dissapointed! I loved the Sandman comic series by Neil Gaiman and am now a fan of his novels!

Journal Entry 5 by harry-sougin on Thursday, April 19, 2007
Have today posted this book on to RowanneM. Enjoy!


Journal Entry 6 by RowanneM on Monday, May 21, 2007
I can't believe I forgot to journal this when it arrived!! Well now its been read and it was FANTASTIC, just what I've come to expect from Neil Gaimen!!

I will be sending it on to the next person in the ring this week!!

Journal Entry 7 by wickedlazy from Wickford, Essex United Kingdom on Thursday, May 24, 2007
Safely received today - RoanneM, I love the decorations on the envelope!

Journal Entry 8 by wickedlazy from Wickford, Essex United Kingdom on Friday, June 15, 2007
Very enjoyable. Not as dark and grim as "American Gods" and not nearly as weird and supernatural as I'd expected. I do love the way Charlie took control at the end, and the fact that he was such a good dad.

Have pm'd Samulli for their address.

Journal Entry 9 by samulli from Weimar, Thüringen Germany on Saturday, July 21, 2007
Book arrived here yesterday. I don't have much time to read right now, because I've got guests staying for a few days, but I'll get to it as soon as I can manage.

Journal Entry 10 by samulli from Weimar, Thüringen Germany on Saturday, July 28, 2007
As soon as I had the book in my hands and read the first page I just knew I would love it. When I later found out that spiders were involved in the story I wasn't quite so certain anymore, but now that I finished it my first feeling turns out to have been right. I can't stress enough what a beautiful, beautiful story this is. I think Neil Gaiman may have risen up into my top ten favorite authors with this book. Which is amazing, considering how much trouble I had getting through "American Gods". But now I'll try to get my hands on another copy of that book and give it another try, because I am fairly certain it is worth it.
You know, I didn't even have time to read this week, because I have a friend staying over. But once I started it this book had me hooked, so that I ended up staying up late after my friend had gone to bed just to read another chapter. And it was totally worth the lost sleep. So much so that I will get me a copy of this book for my permanent collection (and if you knew how easy it usually is for me to let go of books nowadays, you would know how much of an honor it is for an author to rise up into the ranks of a keeper in my library!).
Thank you very much, Shimmy-crazy, for letting me take part in this ring! It was truly an eye-opening experience. I have the next person's address already and the book is packed and ready to go first thing Monday morning.
And I am looking forward to start the next Gaiman book ("Coraline"), which I have lying around here as another bookray. Life is good. ;o)

Journal Entry 11 by JamsODonnellToo from Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Arrived today, thanks a lot Samulli! I''m jammed with bookrings/rays, and although I''m really looking forward to read this one, I''m afraid it''ll be a couple months... thanks for your patience!

Journal Entry 12 by JamsODonnellToo from Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany on Sunday, October 21, 2007
I'm reading this at last! Sorry it took so long, I'm so ashamed. More soon...

Update Oct 27: I finished Anansi Boys this morning, what a fun book! At times I had to overcome my spider phobia, but it wasn't too bad from that point of view (except the drawing on the very last page, ugh!). This is some really funny fantasy fiction about all the weird things that can happen when you meet your other self, the one you didn't even know you had. I can relate to Fat Charlie in so many ways! I also loved the narrator's point of view on how stories and songs make people, hence the world. This is definitely a book I'd like to read again at a slower pace, I'll probably get my own copy.

Thanks a lot Shimmy-crazy, for sending this book around AND for allowing me to keep it so long (sorry, sorry, sorry!). I've contacted rapturina and I'll mail the Boys on as soon as I have her address.

Journal Entry 13 by rapturina from Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Friday, November 16, 2007
Arrived today in an explosion of bookrings! Funny how that works, I don't get any for weeks on end and today there's three in my mailbox... I will try my best to get to this one quickly! :D

Journal Entry 14 by rapturina from Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Friday, November 30, 2007
This book kept me company on a plane ride back home and I'm glad it did! I was flying home from a business trip to Riga via Copenhagen, so I had quite a few hours to kill and this book was perfect entertainment.

I like Neil Gaiman's style, he's very funny, though rather unassumingly so. He writes comedy, sure, but it's not very in your face funny, just more subtle funny, if that makes any sense. :D Either way, I like it. I'd read "American Gods" a while ago, and even though I did like that one too, I thought "Anansi Boys" was better. Probably because the story was more interesting to me. "Anansi Boys" is really just a heartwarming story about family relationships, parent-child issues and romance, but the twist that Neil Gaiman gives it with all the supernatural things going on, makes it a lot more special and interesting. I would definitely recommend this book to others!

Jengif asked to be skipped, so this book is going to redhot-brat today! Happy travels!

Journal Entry 15 by redhot-brat from Delavan, Minnesota USA on Thursday, December 06, 2007
Arrived today safe n sound .... Just ahead of our next big winter storm. This should make for great reading while we are buried in snow.

Journal Entry 16 by redhot-brat from Delavan, Minnesota USA on Saturday, December 15, 2007
I just finished this. This was my first book by Neil Gaiman and I must say, I throughly enjoyed it. It was a bit outside my usual reading style, but it was a much enjoyed change of flavor.
I have PM-ed microsquad, but she is on her honeymoon right now. I left her a note that the book is ready for her and to PM me her address when she gets home.
I will keep it her safe with me until I here back from her. Thanks for sharing it with me.

Journal Entry 17 by redhot-brat from Delavan, Minnesota USA on Sunday, December 16, 2007
I just received a note from MicroSquid. She was given a copy of this book from a friend and therefore has asked to be skipped. I will contact RDWirral next for their address.

Journal Entry 18 by RDWirral from New Ferry, Merseyside United Kingdom on Thursday, March 06, 2008
Have just started this and I'm already enjoying it.

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