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American Gods (2001)

por Neil Gaiman

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Shadow is a man with a past. But now he wants nothing more than to live a quiet life with his wife and stay out of trouble. Until he learns that she's been killed in a terrible accident. Flying home for the funeral, as a violent storm rocks the plane, a strange man in the seat next to him introduces himself. The man calls himself Mr. Wednesday, and he knows more about Shadow than is possible. He warns Shadow that a far bigger storm is coming. And from that moment on, nothing will ever he the same.… (mais)
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    Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders por Neil Gaiman (Utilizador anónimo, moonstormer)
    Utilizador anónimo: It's a great collection all around but the kicker is this collection includes a novella about Shadow a couple years after the events of American Gods
    moonstormer: Fragile Things contains a short story with the same character as is in American Gods. Both are highly recommended.
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    Neverwhere por Neil Gaiman (WilliamPascoe)
    WilliamPascoe: Phenominally brilliant fantasy .
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    Anansi Boys por Neil Gaiman (infiniteletters)
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    Fables, Vol. 01: Legends in Exile por Bill Willingham (sbuehrle)
  5. 111
    Night Watch por Sergei Lukyanenko (citygirl)
    citygirl: When the supernatural collides with modern life. One in Moscow, one in the US.
  6. 177
    Small Gods por Terry Pratchett (MyriadBooks)
    MyriadBooks: For the necessity of belief.
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    The Master and Margarita por Mikhail Bulgakov (klarusu)
    klarusu: The same sense of unreality layered over a real-world setting, the same undercurrent of humour but this time it's the Devil that lands in Moscow
  8. 81
    Last Call por Tim Powers (grizzly.anderson, MyriadBooks)
    grizzly.anderson: Both are about old world gods making their place in the new world.
    MyriadBooks: For aspiring to win in a bargain with gods.
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    The Stand {1978} por Stephen King (clif_hiker)
  10. 72
    Un Lun Dun por China Miéville (bertyboy)
    bertyboy: Alternative London for alternative fantasy. Have a go!
  11. 61
    King Rat por China Miéville (Runkst)
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    The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul por Douglas Adams (WoodsieGirl)
  13. 62
    Eight Days of Luke por Diana Wynne Jones (guyalice)
    guyalice: Neil Gaiman was surprised to discover that the concept of Eight Days of Luke was very similar to what he had initially planned for the plot of American Gods. He dropped the day-theme to avoid too many similarities and gave props to Wynne Jones.
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    The Wood Wife por Terri Windling (Larkken)
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    Someplace to be Flying por Charles de Lint (MyriadBooks)
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    Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal por Christopher Moore (andomck)
    andomck: Religion, realism, fantasy, humor, low brow, etc. Makes sense to me.
  17. 30
    The Bone Clocks por David Mitchell (sturlington)
    sturlington: The Bone Clocks reminded me strongly of Neil Gaiman and David Mitchell has said that Gaiman was an influence.
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    Angelmaker por Nick Harkaway (BookshelfMonstrosity)
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    Rivers of London por Ben Aaronovitch (Chricke)
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    The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America por Bill Bryson (rockhopper_penguin)
    rockhopper_penguin: I read these two books one after another. It wasn't a deliberate decision, but the two did seem to work well together. The books visit a few of the same places, and it's interesting to note how differently they are portrayed in each.

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This is not a book for everyone. To enjoy this book, you have to suspend your disbelief altogether and just let the narrative take you wherever it leads. Just sit back, immerse yourself in the tapestry of stories and beautiful writing, and savor the experience.

I'm pretty sure anyone going into this book expecting a regular story with a simple, or even an intricate, plot will be fairly confused and disappointed. Luckily, just about the only thing I knew about it was that it was not a regular story.

For me, the best parts of the book were not the main storyline, but all the other stories within. How different waves of immigrants came to America, how their gods came with them, and how they fared in their new country. ( )
  snorrelo | Feb 22, 2021 |
Another re-read: Started it because I hand't read it in a while, and because I'm watching the series as well. Can definitely recommend, even though it's quite different. ( )
  tethered | Jan 31, 2021 |
Che dire? Sicuramente appartiene alla serie " I Libri della mia Vita". Un romanzo non perfetto, ma di sicuro indimenticabile che, una volta finito, lascia la triste sensazione di aver perso un amico da cui non ci si sarebbe mai separati.Leggetelo e sono sicuro che Shadow, Mr. Wednesday, Laura, Mr. Nancy, Mr. Jaquel e Mr. Ibis rimarranno nel vostro cuore per sempre.
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  JoeProtagoras | Jan 28, 2021 |
This is a reread, originally read in 2012. I had actually intended to reread Gaiman & Pratchett's Good Omens but couldn't find my copy. It's probably in the attic in Sligo somewhere. But I saw this on the shelves, and had been intending to reread it before the TV show airs.
It's just as good as I remember it being, if anything it is better. Shadow is a great central character. A lot of the book is him just going along with the other characters, or just doing things to be doing something. He's an easy going guy, for the most part, but that doesn't mean he does have his own arc and reasons and motivations. His world sort of fell apart when he learned that Laura was dead. Not to mention when he learned about her actions before her death. He has a lot to process.
It'd be a great book to inspire a road-trip of the states I think. As I was reading I was thinking how awesome it'd be great to visit at least some of those roadside attractions. ( )
  Fence | Jan 5, 2021 |
The premise promised, the execution was botched. ( )
  agtgibson | Jan 5, 2021 |
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i have my one perspective about this, this is beyond my imagination, that this book is quite awsome!
 
This is a fantastic novel, as obsessed with the minutiae of life on the road as it is with a catalogue of doomed and half-forgotten deities. In the course of the protagonist Shadow's adventures as the bodyguard and fixer of the one-eyed Mr Wednesday, he visits a famous museum of junk and the motel at the centre of the US, as well as eating more sorts of good and bad diner food than one wants especially to think about.
adicionada por mikeg2 | editarThe Independent, Roz Kaveney (Jul 18, 2001)
 
Part of the joy of American Gods is that its inventions all find a place in a well-organised structure. The book runs as precisely as clockwork, but reads as smoothly as silk or warm chocolate.
adicionada por stephmo | editarThe Independent, Roz Kaveney (Jul 18, 2001)
 
Gaiman's stories are always overstuffed experiences, and ''American Gods'' has more than enough to earn its redemption, including a hero who deserves further adventures.
adicionada por stephmo | editarEntertainment Weekly, Jeff Jensen (Jul 11, 2001)
 
"American Gods" is a juicily original melding of archaic myth with the slangy, gritty, melancholy voice of one of America's great cultural inventions -- the hard-boiled detective; call it Wagnerian noir. The melting pot has produced stranger cocktails, but few that are as tasty.
adicionada por stephmo | editarSalon.com, Laura Miller (Jun 22, 2001)
 

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One question that has always intrigued me is what happens to demonic beings when immigrants move from their homelands. Irish-Americans remember the fairies, Norwegian-Americans the nisser, Greek-Americans the vryókolas, but only in relation to events remembered in the Old Country. When I once asked why such demons were not seen in America, my informants giggled confusedly and said, "They're scared to pass the ocean, it's too far," pointing out that Christ and the apostles never came to America.
—Richard Dorson, "A Theory For American Folklore", American Folklore and the Historian
The boundaries of our country sir? Why sir, on the north we are bounded by the Aurora Borealis, on the east we are bounded by the rising sun, on the south we are bounded by the procession of the Equinoxes, and on the west by the Day of Judgement
—The American Joe Miller's Jest Book
They took her to the cemet'ry
In a big ol' cadillac
They took her to the cemet'ry
But they did not bring her back.
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Shadow had done three years in prison.
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Fiction allows us to slide into these other heads, these other places, and look out through other eyes. And then in the tale we stop before we die, or we die vicariously and unharmed, and in the world beyond the tale we turn the page or close the book, and we resume our lives.
"A town isn't a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but without a bookstore it knows it's not fooling a soul."
When people came to America they brought us with them. They brought me, and Loki, and Thor, Anansi and the Lion-God, Leprechauns and Kobalds and Banshees, Kubera and Frau Holle and Ashtaroth, and they brought you. We rode here in their minds, and we took root. We travelled with the settlers to the new lands across the ocean.
The land is vast. Soon enough, our people abandoned us, remembered us only as creatures of the old land, as things that had not come with them to the new. Our true believers passed on, or stopped believing, and we were left, lost and scared and dispossessed, only what little smidgens of worship or belief we could find. And to get by as best we could.
'So that's what we've done, gotten by, out on the edges of things, where no-one was watching us too closely.'
Gods die. And when they truly die they are unmourned and unremembered. Ideas are more difficult to kill than people, but they can be killed, in the end.
All we have to believe with is our senses, the tools we use to perceive the world: our sight, our touch, our memory. If they lie to us, then nothing can be trusted. And even if we do not believe, then still we cannot travel in any other way than the road our senses show us; and we must walk that road to the end.
There's never been a true war that wasn't fought between two sets of people who were certain they were in the right. The really dangerous people believe they are doing whatever they are doing solely and only because it is without question the right thing to do. And that is what makes them dangerous.
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Shadow is a man with a past. But now he wants nothing more than to live a quiet life with his wife and stay out of trouble. Until he learns that she's been killed in a terrible accident. Flying home for the funeral, as a violent storm rocks the plane, a strange man in the seat next to him introduces himself. The man calls himself Mr. Wednesday, and he knows more about Shadow than is possible. He warns Shadow that a far bigger storm is coming. And from that moment on, nothing will ever he the same.

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