YMMV / Anansi Boys

  • Better on DVD: A lot of the jokes are even funnier on the second or third reading.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Near the end, Fat Charlie meets Dragon, who informs Fat Charlie that he's going to eat him. Fat Charlie tries to tell him he's afraid with his newfound god powers, but it doesn't work so Fat Charlie has to deceive him. This scene, while specifically beneficial to Charlie's character, as it shows him coming into his own as Anansi's son, doesn't really have any rhyme or reason to it. Dragon was never mentioned before, nor is he mentioned again and by his description he seems to draw from European ideas for dragons rather than the African antagonists to this point: Tiger and the Bird Woman.
  • Even Better Sequel: A more-focused, better-paced novel than its immediate progenitor, with a stronger cast, more-consistent tone, with none of the latter's baggage or pretension.
  • Fridge Brilliance: With The Reveal that Fat Charlie also has some reality warping powers, his exceptionally boring and unlucky life can be partly explained by him subconsciously causing this to happen to him.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Tiger may be prone to Small Name, Big Ego but you gotta feel for him with how Anansi manipulates him in the stories. On the other hand...
  • Nightmare Fuel: Everything the Bird Woman does until the end, when she forgives Anansi's line and dances in joy to see them defeat the Tiger, after humiliating him forever.
  • Tear Jerker: Fat Charlie only realises that he's missing his father after having a dream about speaking to him. When he wakes up, he first believes that his father is still alive, then remembers the truth and starts crying.