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 Post subject: Gaiman's American Gods
PostPosted: 02 Nov 2007, 11:22 
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Has anyone here read this book?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Gods

I thought it was pretty good--- and a fast read. I really liked the mish mash of gods and characters, and the addition of the 'new gods' of TV and the like...


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I read it on the advice of a friend who understands my reading tastes (a rare and much-to-be-desired trait in a friend). I liked it quite a lot, although it will probably never make my favorites list. Gaiman isn't the first author to explore the "ancient gods in the modern world" concept, but he might be the best.

And I liked the insinuation that the original Disneyland is a sacred site. I mean, I've always thought so.

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I SO need to get me a copy of that! The wikipedia synopsis got me hooked... I wonder who the god of mass transit is?


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PostPosted: 03 Nov 2007, 10:33 
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It's a simple read, which is fine. I really liked it.

It was recommend to me at an art opening (a mutual friend was exhibiting) and I smile and nodded. Later in the conversation, I realized the person who had recommended it to me wasn't an idiot (like so many people seem to be, when it comes to books) and I asked him to repeat it and actually wrote it down.

He later recommended Zombie, which was interesting but left me unsatisfied. I read a review that it seemed a little 'exercise' and less 'finished' and I think that may have been it. Interesting, and worth the hour.5 it took to read, though. But not an American Gods.

I have another book recommendation, actually... I'll post it later...


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PostPosted: 03 Nov 2007, 20:56 
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I recommend "the Anansi Boys", by the same author, as a very interesting book in the same theme. It deals with a whole lot of interesting topics, very similar to those discussed on this board...


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I believe that that's a 'sequel' to the book, in the manner that it shares some characters a dn the world.

I haven't read it yet. I also can't find my copy of AG, and am thinking about buying a new one... I should put both on my amazon list...


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PostPosted: 03 Nov 2007, 21:06 
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Yup, it is a sequel. Just noticed that I left that tidbit out. :shock: DOH!

Can I flame myself :?: :violent3:


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I love Neil!


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