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Post 7A


Luminescence(343):The emission of light by a substance that has not been heated, as in fluorescence and phosphorescence.

Prelude(349):An action or event serving as an introduction to something more important


Irony: How ironic. Spider has an army of spiders *to fight Tiger with*.

Irony: When Charlie went to dinner at his hotel… Daisy *who Charlie had no idea was there at all* happened to be there before they opened, too.

Symbolic: The way Spider reacts to his to tongue being gone is symbolic of a story that was told earlier in the book of this god who had to grow a liver everyday because his liver was taken everyday.



“I fixed things, for us, I think. I’m not really sure. . . .”

The significance of this quote is that it is near the end, where Charlie was able to save himself and Spider by singing a song he made on the spot about all that had happened. Spider was standing there waiting to die … but instead found himself completely safe. Just before this quote, Spider had said “What was happening at the end? I could feel you doing something, but I couldn’t really tell what it was..”. This is where Charlie had somehow managed to make Tiger go back to his cave and that seems to be what Spider could feel *the energy*.

Post 7B

My response to the end of the book.  

My final response to the end of this book is wow. I loved this book and i didn’t see so many of the things that happened coming. I can’t talk too much about what happened because i would be very capable of wrecking the end. One of the things that continues to surprise me through all of Neil’s books is his level of detail that can even become frightening at some points. When Spider had his tongue cut out… the entire room was well described as well as Spider chained and bleeding *which was described in MUCH greater detail… but this is pg*. Charlie and Daisy end up together … but im not saying how. In fact, things have changed enough by the end that Charlie even helps save Rosie’s dying mother. Tiger doesn’t win, of course, but Anansi’s blood line does. I really think this is a book well worth reading for fun or any reason at all.

Post 6 B

Response through page 297My response to the book thus far hasn’t changed much. The biggest changes in my response involve how I am reacting to Rosie and her mother going into Coats home, not knowing that he has killed someone **they have been on the cruse for that whole thing**, and then that they missed their boat because of Coats. The thing that is most interesting is the fact that After the book talked about Coats watching their boat go off in the distance, they change back to where Charlie is and what he is doing. I assume that I’ll know their reaction within the next few pages, but I haven’t read that far into the next chapter, yet. I’m kinda starting to worry about spider, because he has been taken by the bird creature that wanted to kill him and Charlie, and he is currently in the process of being tortured. Fun. Spider acts like he’s holing up ok, but he also seems to know that he is doing worse off then he can feel. I would assume that he s freed in the next couple of chapters, but at the same time, I only read ahead so much …

Post 6A


Bleat(294):Make a characteristic wavering cry

Duppy(288):A malevolent spirit or ghost.

Personification:The earth sat silent and still.

Irony:It’s really ironic that Rosie and her mother happen to be staying on St. Andrews in the exact spot of Coats. Not only that, but they happen to see him and then he invites them in to his mansion.

Symbolic: When Anansi meets Maeve while taking a walk from his grave, he talks to her and then begins to ask her to dance. She tells him she’s a married woman .. and he says “to death do us part” aka. not anymore. This is symbolic of Anansi’s usual wittiness.


“I’m getting too old for this shi*”(276).

The significance of this quote is in where it was said. Daisy wanted to catch Coats. She wanted to make it more personal than it was, because she had an idea of what had gone on with him (framing Charlie), and there was nothing she was allowed to do because it was known that he was out of the country under a fake name with difficult to trace accounts. Daisy had thought about saying this all day, however it wasn’t until she was told she didn’t have any holiday time left (that she would have used to fly to the location of Coats) that she actually decided to say it. After saying it, she then said she was going to catch a crook.

Top 10 List

Top 10 things you should know about Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman:

1. Anansi is clever. Anansi earned stories from Tiger. The stories he earned became his, and made the world begin to think in new ways. Anansi is also very witty and tricky. He plays tricks on all of the gods and many more humans. In the stories, Anansi takes many forms, but in the stories where he tricks Tiger, he is his normal form of a spider.

2. Everyone hates Anansi’s bloodline. Although most of the creatures that know him do not know his sons … they are considered just as problematic as Anansi and thus hated just as much. In fact, they are hated to the point where most of them wouldn’t talk to Charlie. They hate Anansi too much.

3. Don’t trust Grahame Coats. Grahame Coats is a liar, thief and murderer. Grahame Coats is the type of person who has very little guide as to what is right or wrong, and he has no guide as how to accept blame. Grahame Coats will sell out his own family and all of his friends long before he will accept any type of blame or responsibility.

4. Spider is … Spider. If anyone else was like Spider, the world would suck. In this book you need to know that Spider is really the start of all problems. If Charlie had never contacted Spider to tell him that their father died, then Charlie would be marrying Rosie, still with a job, and his boss might not yet be a murderer. Instead, Rosie ends up taking a cruse with her evil mother and loosing everything she had for love outside her mother… and Charlie ends up in jail for a day while being attacked by birds.

5. Rosie’s mother. She is someone that you need to know is always determined to be right. She never liked Charlie… and she was determined to make him look bad or to find something wrong with him. The whole thing with Spider was a perfect chance for that to happen. For some reason … she is also determined to find things wrong and ruin stuff… but again, only until things change at the end.

6. Daisy is important. Not only does Daisy give Rosie’s mother reason to hate Charlie … but she also arrests him. Daisy later plays several important roles that also lead to the eventual capture of Coats. Ya, true, these are bad things … but in the end she ends up being very important to everything …. and especially to Charlie.

7. Tiger is mean. You don’t want to anger tiger unless you already have a plan to keep him from biting your head off *which he will literally do*. Most creatures that make him angry or annoyed even the slightest bit end up dead. This isn’t true with Anansi, of course .. and neither is it with his sons.

8. This book takes every possible turn. Yes, it seems that it focuses around the center theme of Charlie, but it changes the direction it’s taking completely several times throughout the book. It might be even worth saying not to try to figure out where it will end because it is a very different place than where the book starts, and very different from half way in, too.

9. This is a book you won’t want to put down. After the first 50 pages or so, the book picks up the pace and you won’t want to put it down. It’s kinda weird how it does that .. but it gets to be hard to just pick a point and stop *yes, even at the chapter marks*.

10. This is a book well worth reading. If you need to pick a *just short of* 400 page book from within the last couple years … this is the one. This book takes normal people and mixes them with gods. Charlie had a normal life until Spider. Spider changed everything. Weather Spider is a good or bad thing in Charlie’s life is still for you to decide, and I’m not going to post any spoilers here :P .

Reading: Saturday, December 19, Post B

My response to the book at this point is something along the lines of *i didn’t see that coming . . .*. Someone probably saw this coming, but i didn’t see it that Fat Charlie would be looking for his dead? father. Fat Charlie didn’t like his dad much, and he was the one who buried him .. but it was his brother that suggested that their father *Anansi* might be playing a trick on him. The reason that his brother thinks that is because Anansi is a spider that played tricks on everyone and they all hated him for it. This wouldn’t be the first time he’d have played dead. Every now and then the book tells an Anansi story *an example is the tar baby*. One of the stories they told involved Anansi ‘dying’ and being burried only to come out of his grave in the night and steal food … then run off and steal again the next night. If he’s playing dead .. it’s just for kicks *also something he’d do*. I really have no idea where this is going to go next … but my final reaction to this point is that this is a great book and it hasn’t hit it’s climax yet.

Reading: Saturday, December 19, Post A


Dazed (215): unable to think or react properly; stupefied; bewildered

Dim Sum (263):a Chinese dish of small steamed or fried savory dumplings containing various fillings, served as a snack or main course.

Irony: it’s a bit ironic that the birds who were sent by fat charlie after his brother are also trying to get him . . .

Irony: no matter where they go, Fat Charlie and spider can’t get escape the birds, even in the places of the world where there are no birds.

Symbolic: After Charlie’s boss kills Morris’ wife, he is *so far* able to simply get away with the murder using a fake identity that he was able to create through all of the normal processes of getting IDs and passports and such.

“What do they call a rational fear of birds, then?” (252)

The significance of this quote is that people think Charlie has a bird phobia because he avoids birds and he keeps asking if there are any around and is constantly watching over his shoulder. In reality, the birds are trying to kill him… In Daisy’s car, she says that a phobia is an irrational fear. She doesn’t know that his fear is more than rational.

Theme:The theme has now shifted to being of a criminal chase and a fight for Charlie to get his life back.

Reading: Tuesday, December 11, Post B

Response through page 211: 

Fat Charlie is trying to get rid of his brother. Who wouldn’t? So far Spider has taken his girlfriend (who thinks that spider is fat charlie), had him investigated by the police, taken over his apartment, and taken everything Fat Charlie really has had. Fat Charlie is now on his quest to get rid of his annoying brother, but he now finds that he can’t just have the old neighbors do it. So now he is on a completely unexpected journey to find someone who will help him in this other land he was sent to. Anansi seems to have played more than his fair share of tricks, because no one wants to help Fat Charlie for being a son of him. Her is my first question: where is he??? They say he is looking down at everything, so he must be in the sky?? And after that, who are these characters that he is talking to? There is an elephant, a snake, a little short guy, some woman … are these all people from some of the Anansi stories? Maybe it’s irrelevant, but this entire section made me kinda lost as to where he was looking for his help. A little later on, Spider is with Rosie (Fat Charlie’s fiancée) at her mother’s flat. Somehow, Spider’s charm isn’t working as well as it should, because Rosie’s mother still doesn’t like him and is sure that something is going on. Rosie’s mother is incredibly stubborn, but what’s really happening is that Fat Charlie’s luck is beginning to change. He got moved to first class on an overbooked flight, and then had it happen a second time. Since normally Fat Charlie would have just been taken off the flight or something, he suddenly has become more lucky and can feel it. This is all from the people he visited in the sky place.

Reading: Tuesday, December 11, Post A


Natty(166): (esp. of a person or an article of clothing) smart and fashionable
Fundamentally(201): in central or primary respects


Symbol:Tiger represented strength, skill, and blood
Irony: It is ironic that Anansi and Bird didn’t get along well but that Anansi’s son (Fat Charlie) has done business with Brid.

Imagery: There was, he noticed, blood on his shirt, his hand, and on the sole of one shoe. He took off his shirt, wiped down his shoe with it and put the shirt in the bin under his desk.


Quote: “Last time Anansi offered me water, I wound up trying to drink the moon out of a pond and drowned.” -Tiger

Significance: This quote shows how the people of this other world think of Anansi, and exactly how willing they are to help (not at all). Tiger ends up chasing chasing Charlie away because of his hat to Anansi. Many of the people of this world were fooled by Anansi at one point or another and thus will not help his ‘blood’.

Theme: The theme has started to shift again … there is now a murder by Mr. Coats (the one that had the illegal off shore accounts and blamed them on Fat Charlie), and he has fled the country. So currently, we have the Evil, take over your life, brother … the murdering- money obsessed boss … and the normal guy that just wants his old life back. In the background there is also a smaller plot with Daisy, because she was investigating Fat Charlie, but her role has become more unclear to me in the last couple of chapters.

Reading: Tuesday, December 4th, 2007 Post A


Hypothetical(127): Of, based on, or serving as a hypothesis.

Prominent(146): Important; famous


Onomonopeia: Rosie’s phone gave a high trill as is rang.

Imagery: He saw some white things and he thought they might be sheep until he realized clouds; large; white, fluffy clouds, a very long way below him.

Personification: The candles were shaped like penguins and began to dance in the light


Quote: Fat Charlie wanted to scream, but his mouth was filled with spiders. They covered his eyes and his world went dark.

Significance: This is a quote from a dream Fat Charlie is having. Currently, he is having major trouble with his brother spider, and getting him leave Charlie and his fiancée alone.

Theme: Thus far the book has taken a new direction (again) and it’s now geared to Fat Charlie trying to get his life back. Spider, Fat Charlie’s brother has decided he likes the world Fat Charlie lives in, so he has begun to take over Fat Charlie’s life.

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