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American Gods por Neil Gaiman
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American Gods (original 2001; edição 2002)

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)
Membro:BlueHeaven1969
Título:American Gods
Autores:Neil Gaiman
Informação:Headline Book Publishing (2002), Edition: Export ed, Paperback, 736 pages
Colecções:A sua biblioteca, Favoritos
Avaliação:*****
Etiquetas:mythology, science fiction, fantasy

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American Gods por Neil Gaiman (2001)

Adicionado recentemente porMacgyver51, ephemeralmochi, tatuahponen, Arina42, mbellucci, biblioteca privada, SqueakyChu, KarenBayly, j.oliver
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    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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    MyriadBooks: For the necessity of belief.
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    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
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    Last Call por Tim Powers (grizzly.anderson, MyriadBooks)
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    MyriadBooks: For aspiring to win in a bargain with gods.
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    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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Sehr ungleichmässig in seiner Qualität. Guter Anfang, passables Ende aber unendlich dröger Mittelteil; habe ganze Kapitel übersprungen und Seiten überflogen. Der Autor muss dringend an seinem pacing arbeiten: lange Bücher, für die es einen langen Atem braucht, sind nicht seine Stärke.

Korrektur nach zwei Tagen: passabler Anfang, aber bestenfalls schwaches Ende. Wenn man bedenkt, wie oft der Erzähler uns gesagt hat, dass DER GROSSE STURM kommt, dass DER KRIEG bevorsteht, und dann dieses Rüdiger Hoffmann-Ende: "Haben wir kurz drüber geredet; nöh, haben sie auch gleich eingesehen" - oh man! Und dann diese vollkommen überflüssigen doppelten Nachworte. Wenn ich in Zukunft über ein Buch höre, dass es sein bisher ambitioniertestes Werk ist, werde ich einen großen Bogen darum machen. Hier passt mal wieder der alte Satz, dass hier jemand als Tiger gestartet (der Hype, die aufgebaute Erwartung), aber als Bettvorleger gelandet ist. ( )
  MrKillick-Read | Apr 4, 2021 |
The fantasy genre is really not for me. I could understand the plot only with help from reviews. Nevertheless, having understood what it is about, I must say that the plot is rather ingenious - a fight between the old Greek Gods and the new Gods in our life like media. And of course, amongst it all, it is a struggle for power. ( )
  siok | Apr 2, 2021 |
I'm not a patient reader, so I had trouble sticking with this novel at first. I'd read a chapter, put the book away for a few months, then read a little more. I was enjoying it, but wasn't gripped by it. Then, at around page 130, something in the book clicked with me and I couldn't put it down anymore. Now it's one of my favorite books.

What is it about Shadow, the reserved loner, that makes him so interesting? I don't know, but Gaiman handles him with a lot of caution and respect. All those quiet contemplations of the people and places Shadow encounters come to a fierce boil in the final act, which had me thinking of the New Testament and the video games Planescape: Torment and Shadow Hearts: Covenant.

I've also read the short story follow-up, The Monarch of the Glen. While too short to reach the depth and pathos of the novel, it's a fun read. ( )
  KGLT | Mar 31, 2021 |
After I read “American Gods” I checked out a number of the reviews on Goodreads and Amazon to get a better understanding of why this book is considered a classic. I think the reviewer who lauded the book and described it as not one story, but many, was probably the most helpful to me to understand what it is that I missed.

I enjoyed reading the book, but it was easy for me to put down. There were segments, like the time spent in the more or less real world while Shadow was in Wisconsin, that I enjoyed, but the scenes with the gods in their various forms left me confused. I will chalk that up to my ignorance of the gods and mythology and my lack of interest in the fantasy world that Gaiman created.

My comments reflect my personal tastes and limitations. Even though I didn’t love the book, I was in awe of Gaiman’s ability to create such a detailed imaginary world. It is imaginary, right?
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1 vote LenJoy | Mar 14, 2021 |
This is the second of Neil Gaiman’s preferred author’s editions that I’ve read, and even though they have hundreds more words in them the stories still feel absolutely the same. Obviously I’m not going through a book as weighty as American Gods and actively looking for the changes, but the edits that they did kept with Gaiman’s style so artfully that it’s practically indistinguishable and just adds to the overall story. I just re-read the original version of the novel a year and a half ago, but I’m also currently watching the new Starz tv adaptation, so it was interesting to see how the book changed as I became more familiar with the story. They’ve expanded the storyline somewhat for the tv series (to the point where I wonder if they’re ever actually going to get anywhere until series 5, haha), but every time that I re-read the novel it seems to go faster. It’s such a dense book, but the story is so engaging that I get caught up in it every single time and just can’t stop reading to find out more about the gods in the story and how the journey taken by Shadow and Wednesday will turn out. Even knowing who Mr. World is, and that it all works out in the end for Shadow (as much as it can for an ex-convict whose wife cheated on him and died) the twists and turns are still surprising. Maybe it’s because there was actually new content in this version of the novel, but somehow the book seems to expand and tell new stories every time that I read it - which I fully accept as being part of its natural magic. ( )
  JaimieRiella | Feb 25, 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.
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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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