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American Gods (American Gods, #1) (original 2001; edição 2005)

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:ReaderWriterRunner
Título:American Gods (American Gods, #1)
Autores:Neil Gaiman
Informação:Headline Review, Paperback, 635 pages
Colecções:A sua biblioteca
Avaliação:*****
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American Gods por Neil Gaiman (2001)

Adicionado recentemente porabbijune, LadyOrfil, wizkid_alex, Annrosenzweig, ARValkyrie, biblioteca privada, AKBouterse, crussi84, christinamk88
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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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    WilliamPascoe: Phenominally brilliant fantasy .
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    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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  10. 72
    Un Lun Dun por China Miéville (bertyboy)
    bertyboy: Alternative London for alternative fantasy. Have a go!
  11. 61
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    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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    andomck: Religion, realism, fantasy, humor, low brow, etc. Makes sense to me.
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    sturlington: The Bone Clocks reminded me strongly of Neil Gaiman and David Mitchell has said that Gaiman was an influence.
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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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I really liked this story. I thought it was very creative and a very interesting idea. I think I would have enjoyed it a little bit more if I had been able to finish it in a shorter period of time but school just finished up for me, so I haven't had a lot of time to read until recently. I really liked all the characters and seeing how everything was very interconnected. I loved the stories that told about how the gods came to America and I liked seeing the gods I had read about in their respective myths in a modern setting, that to me was very creative. There were a few parts for me that were hard to follow, probably partially because I read the book over a longer period of time, but I understood most of it and that was enough to follow the story and be able to enjoy it. This was the first story I had read by [a:Neil Gaiman|1221698|Neil Gaiman|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1234150163p2/1221698.jpg] and it definitely convinced me to pick up some of his other stuff. I really enjoyed the writing style and the story seemed to flow really well. I also found this book to be one of the more creative things I had picked up in a while. Any author that can come up with ideas like this is an author I want to read more of. without giving away any spoilers, I really liked how the story wrapped up. I felt like all the questions were answered and I can't see any obvious gaping plot holes, which is always a good thing. I really did enjoy this book and I definitely want to read some more Neil Gaiman stuff, hopefully in the near future. ( )
  AKBouterse | Oct 14, 2021 |
I read this in two parts and the second half was sort of a blur because I read it so quickly. I always enjoy Neil Gaiman's work and this one didn't disappoint, though I don't think it's my favorite. Looking forward to the TV series, if it ever happens. And some of the deities surprised me along the way. ( )
  nosborm | Oct 10, 2021 |
I read this book in two parts, up to Chapter 12 and then after 12. It was really good and I burned straight through it in two separate chunks. I'm still trying to sort out all the little nuances and I had to go and search for whom some of the gods were but it turned out to be pretty good in the end. I still think I liked the Graveyard book better but this is definitely worth a read. ( )
  nosborm | Oct 10, 2021 |
Back in 2006, American Gods was my first Neil Gaiman book. A friend at the time insisted it was the most incredible thing, so much so that she bought me a copy and I read it. When she asked what I thought, like any good friend, I lied and told her I loved it. I hadn’t read it since, until now.

I still don’t particularly enjoy American Gods. The book is far too long and meandering for my taste. A great deal of me appreciates the way Gaiman writes, because his language is something of poetry in itself, not too flowery but it nonetheless evokes powerful imagery. I do genuinely like that, and his writing style is probably the only thing that kept me reading this book.

Conceptually, American Gods should be particularly interesting. It’s the story of scattered gods from multiple worldwide pantheon that have been erected in the United States as people came to settle the country from all over the world. What vexes me about that aspect of the story is how very little time and love has been given to the various tribal gods and beliefs that were already established in the United States before it was the United States. For the most part, we focused on the Norse and Egyptian pantheons, with no reference to Roman or Greek gods, and a little of Eastern European. So well the book is interesting in that it resurrects a lot of world mythology, it still is very limited in what it shares. On top of that we have the development of modern American gods, which are physical manifestations of things like the Internet and media, which I feel is a bit less exciting than the other mythologies of the world. Rather than worshipping TV, I feel as though the seven deadly sins could’ve been personified into gods, sloth instead of TV, while greed is certainly an American God of its own in modernity. If you don’t think too much about it, it seems brilliant, but as soon as you start dissecting the story it’s far less impressive.

For a 600 page book, I would come to expect a decent plot. Unfortunately, American Gods has less of a plot and more of a journey. The chapters are extremely long, and they are broken up with asides about various gods and how they arrived in America, none of which actually pushes Shadow’s story forward. There is this big twist at the end which even though it is supposed to be twisty, just feels like a final nod to the fact like “oh look there is a plot, I was just kidding about the taking forever and going nowhere thing”. By the time I reach the last fifty pages in the whole situation was revealed, I had far past ceased to care.

Some of the characters are more interesting than others, but I feel like most of the gods got caricatured. In particular, almost all of the women were highly sexualised. The only exception to this rule is the story are the Zorya’s. The language in the book is also necessarily crude, again, particularly coming from the female characters. I’m not quite sure why Gaiman decided to portray them all in this way, but it was a bit unsettling for me. Not that I couldn’t handle it, more like I didn’t understand why it was deemed necessary to personify all of the women in such a way that they use the most foul language and care mostly about sex and feel the need to sexualise everything. I didn’t much love the characterisation of Whiskey Jack, the native American folk hero or so he calls himself who will give up everything in the world that man has made but please leave the Budweiser. Again, this plays on another caricature.

As I said, I do like the way Gaiman writes, and that’s one of the reasons I keep picking up his books. My track record with his novels has been very hit or miss, and if I’m being honest, it’s more miss than hit. His lyrical control of the English language is impressive and intriguing, but I don’t think it did enough to forgive the many flaws I felt in American Gods. I understand that this is a favourite of many of his fans, and that the Starz adaptation of the show has done extremely well. It’s just not for me.

I want you to know that for the right reader, American Gods is an easy recommendation. The characters are interesting as a whole, and it’s just gritty enough with such a small sprinkling of fantasy that it won’t turn off many readers who find things like science fiction and fantasy and relatable and uninteresting. I really wish that more attention had been paid to some of the stereotypes and portrayals of particular gods and their people, and I like to think that maybe today if this book had been published there would have been a sensitivity reader. I understand why a lot of people like this book and it’s entirely possible that you, dear reader, would enjoy it as well. American Gods is not my cup of tea, and that’s that. ( )
  Morteana | Oct 3, 2021 |
Released form prison, Shadow finds his world turned upside down. His wife has been killed; a mysterious stranger offers him a job. But Mr. Wednesday, who knows more about Shadow than is possible, warns that a storm is coming -a battle for the vey soul of America... and they are in its direct path.
  Daniel464 | Sep 27, 2021 |
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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)
 
Sadly, American Gods promises more than it delivers. The premise is brilliant; the execution is vague, pedestrian and deeply disappointing. It's not bad, but it's not nearly as good as it could be. There are wonderful moments, but they are few and far between. This should be a massive, complex story, a clash of the old world and the new, a real opportunity to examine what drives America and what it lacks. Instead, it is an enjoyable stroll across a big country, populated by an entertaining sequence of "spot the god" contests.
 

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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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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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