American Gods: Which edition are you reading?
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One poster on the AG introductions thread said there were 12,000 more words in the 10th Anniversary "author's preferred text" edition . . . and I think the intro confirms that (but my copy is in another room so can't check right now). My copy of the 10th anniversary edition (hardcover) is 541 pages . . .if that gives you any idea . . .
Perhaps it's mostly due to lack of exposure to (or knowledge of) overediting (I guess it takes a bit more research to know about this), but I've come across too little editing more often than too much. That I know of, I now realize, since I would not be aware of what was taken out while reading a book. In any case, I think it can just as easily happen that an author becomes blind to his/her own mistakes and actually need the editing. I went with that option when I bought the book...
Of course. Editors are certainly needed, but there are really good ones, and there are really crappy ignorant ones, as in all fields. I tend to believe an accomplished highly acclaimed author is more aware of what really is "necessary" in the story they created, and also that they are more in-tune with their readership than the guy just trying to sell something.
I didn't perceive any huge difference between the 1st and 10th Anniversary editions, but since it was a decade in between reads, I doubt that I would. I just don't remember stuff with that much detail.