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 Post subject: American Gods
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This novel has come up in my "recommended books" for a long time. I've never read anything by the author....

Lately I simply cannot find a GOOD novel. My library limits me to 10 Hoopla checkouts per month, so, I am very selective. I usually just get non-fiction, far fewer "wasted" selections.

With the spinning of my life this past week, I wanted to lose myself in a novel, so, I clicked it. Now, granted, there are sex scenes in it - but, they are few and they are not long, drawn out things. They do seem to be integral to the story.

I LOVE his writing style. He writes a story I can just fall into and really forget my troubles. Half way through (limiting myself to 2 hours per day)....

Anyone else read this novel or other of his work?

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 Post subject: Re: American Gods
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I love Neil Gaiman's work, too, but I gotta admit, after reading American Gods, I haven't touched a word he's written since.

I'm still disturbed by that opening scene in the book. It haunts me, and I read the book at least 5 years ago. Thank God the rest of the book isn't like that (I had to finish it), and if that passage had been left out, it still would have been an excellent story. But to this day, I wish to God I hadn't read it.

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 Post subject: Re: American Gods
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Yeah...opening scene was not needed in that manner. Disgusting

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 Post subject: Re: American Gods
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Funny, I'd already forgotten that scene! Had to peek back to remember it - I sort of roll past those.

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 Post subject: Re: American Gods
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Gaiman likes Chesterton.

MY copy of AMERICAN GODS got lost in the house, before I could read it.

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 Post subject: Re: American Gods
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have no idea about the book... but if the tv adaption is true to the book.... well, good golly miss molly .. i thought legion was weird... after two episodes of AG, i'm thinking we may have a winner for bizarre :fyi:

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 Post subject: Re: American Gods
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Gaiman is also a Gene Wolfe fan.
And if anyone wants a really wicked and fun read pick up Wolfe's "Peace".

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 Post subject: Re: American Gods
PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2017 10:53 pm 
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p.falk wrote:
Yeah...opening scene was not needed in that manner. Disgusting


have a feeling i know what you are talking about... was not the opeining to the series... but it didn't take long to get to it... no big surprise there.... and since it airs on starz... well you can imagine :?

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 Post subject: Re: American Gods
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p.falk wrote:
Gaiman is also a Gene Wolfe fan.
And if anyone wants a really wicked and fun read pick up Wolfe's "Peace".



And then read it again, just to be sure. After you recover, go on to other Wolfe.

And Gene is also a Gaiman fan - and friend. They did a little, short, oddity, A WALKING TOUR OF THE SHAMBLES, together.

I almost met Gaiman once. Had to settle for my daughter reporting what he had said to her. I did get his mailing address from a friend of his, but lost it.

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 Post subject: Re: American Gods
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I pretty much hate Gaiman's stuff and largely blame him for the emo shadows cast over the comic book medium these days.

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 Post subject: Re: American Gods
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HalJordan wrote:
I pretty much hate Gaiman's stuff and largely blame him for the emo shadows cast over the comic book medium these days.



I like Fiddler's Green, in SANDMAN.

And my daughter said he was very friendly.

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 Post subject: Re: American Gods
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HalJordan wrote:
I pretty much hate Gaiman's stuff and largely blame him for the emo shadows cast over the comic book medium these days.

And yet, the first episode of Doctor Who that he wrote, "The Doctor's Wife," isn't only "not emo," but it's a fan favorite that's consistently listed among the top 10 NewWho episodes.
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The second one he wrote, "Nightmare in Silver," was cringeworthy, however. :nooo:

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 Post subject: Re: American Gods
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Mrs. Timmy wrote:
I love Neil Gaiman's work, too, but I gotta admit, after reading American Gods, I haven't touched a word he's written since.

I'm still disturbed by that opening scene in the book. It haunts me, and I read the book at least 5 years ago. Thank God the rest of the book isn't like that (I had to finish it), and if that passage had been left out, it still would have been an excellent story. But to this day, I wish to God I hadn't read it.


What books of his would you suggest?
I read American Gods and while there was much I liked about it.... there was much I didn't.

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 Post subject: Re: American Gods
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My introduction to Neil Gaiman was his juvenile fiction while I was teaching school - I especially loved Coraline, which was also very popular with my students.

I will also say that, while I am not a fan of Tim Burton movies, I had to admit that he was without a doubt the only choice to direct the film version of Coraline, which was also excellent (which is saying a lot because I almost never like movies made from books that I've already read). My daughter, however, who watches modern horror films without batting an eye, couldn't watch Coraline. I'd say what she couldn't watch, but it's kind of a spoiler.

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 Post subject: Re: American Gods
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And I found my copy of AMERICAN GODS.

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