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Amerikanske guder (2001)

af Neil Gaiman

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Serier: American Gods (1a)

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Fantasy. I nutidens Amerika udspiller der sig en kamp mellem de gamle og nye guder. Ind i denne konflikt kastes ex-fangen Shadow, der hurtigt bliver selveste Odins assistent. Tag med på en fantastisk rejse igennem et fysisk og mytisk landskab, der tegner billedet af Amerika og hvor vi møder guder og myter fra hele verden.… (mere)
  1. 260
    Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders af Neil Gaiman (Anonym bruger, moonstormer)
    Anonym bruger: 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.
  2. 263
    Neverwhere : en rejse på Undersiden af Neil Gaiman (WilliamPascoe)
    WilliamPascoe: Phenominally brilliant fantasy .
  3. 223
    Anansi Boys af Neil Gaiman (infiniteletters)
  4. 177
    Small Gods af Terry Pratchett (MyriadBooks)
    MyriadBooks: For the necessity of belief.
  5. 111
    Night Watch af Sergei Lukyanenko (citygirl)
    citygirl: When the supernatural collides with modern life. One in Moscow, one in the US.
  6. 100
    Fables, Vol. 01: Legends in Exile af Bill Willingham (sbuehrle)
  7. 102
    Mesteren og Margarita af 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 af 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.
  9. 72
    Non Lon Don af China Miéville (bertyboy)
    bertyboy: Alternative London for alternative fantasy. Have a go!
  10. 94
    Slutspil : The Stand af Stephen King (clif_hiker)
  11. 50
    The Wood Wife af Terri Windling (Larkken)
  12. 127
    The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul af Douglas Adams (WoodsieGirl)
  13. 61
    King Rat af China Miéville (Runkst)
  14. 62
    Eight Days of Luke af 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.
  15. 41
    Rivers of London af Ben Aaronovitch (Chricke)
  16. 30
    The Bone Clocks af David Mitchell (sturlington)
    sturlington: The Bone Clocks reminded me strongly of Neil Gaiman and David Mitchell has said that Gaiman was an influence.
  17. 52
    Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal af Christopher Moore (andomck)
    andomck: Religion, realism, fantasy, humor, low brow, etc. Makes sense to me.
  18. 30
    Someplace to be Flying af Charles de Lint (MyriadBooks)
  19. 52
    The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America af 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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    Angelmaker af Nick Harkaway (BookshelfMonstrosity)

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Viser 1-5 af 910 (næste | vis alle)
I had to stop listening to this one, because of the content.

However, I decided it that it was instructive for myself to keep these ones in my list, but marked as DO NOT READ. ( )
  claidheamdanns | Sep 26, 2023 |
Cool concept but could have been much better with different writer / style. ( )
  lieblbiz | Aug 30, 2023 |
I didn't enjoy this as much as I thought I would. The plot was nebulous, and I struggled seeing any symbology. Everything seems mysterious, and then boom the character figures things out. I thought based on the title and description, that the target audience would be teens or young adults, but I found the content to be more mature than that.

Still, it is well written, so even though I didn't like some things about it, I found the writing itself entertaining. ( )
  RaggedyMe | Aug 12, 2023 |
I had a quick look at the TV show and very quickly decided that i wanted to read the book instead, and i'm rather glad i did.   I absolutely, totally enjoyed 'Stardust', which was the only one of Neil's books i'd read before, so i was hoping i was in for another super reading treat with this.

So, suffice it to say, i still have no idea what the TV show was like, and having read the book i really have no interest because the book is so good i just don't want to spoil the memory of a great story.   But i'll most certainly be reading more of Neil's books though.

This book really has just about everything going on in it.   There's a dark satirical edge to it, a murder mystery thing, a love story, folklore, lots of action, lots of gods and goddesses and other mythical creatures, and many other things besides.   How Neil managed to tie it all up into one complete story is outstanding writing to say the least.

What struck me most about it was the dark satirical edge that i found within it.   How so many modern countries are turning their backs upon the old ways and enslaving themselves to modern ideas and ideologies.   The continuous tension between those that would hold us back and those who would drive us forward, and the battles that happen when one or both push it too far.   Yes, we all see it played out in the political realm every day, conservatives v modernisers, but underlying all of that is the beliefs and ideals of everyone in society and who gets to control and dictate them.

And in the middle of it all is our protagonist, Shadow.   What a character.   He's thrown into this world of gods and goddesses as each side attempts to attract him to their school of thought.   Just like the political classes, the corporatocracy and religions as they all attempt to enslave us into their ideologies and use us in their battles for ultimate power.

So yeah, super duper read.   It's a big, big book but well worth the time. ( )
  5t4n5 | Aug 9, 2023 |
I haven't been this bored with a book in a while. I really do not like Gaiman (although I do love the episode of "Babylon 5" he wrote), but one of my college suitemates loves this book and recommended it to me and I trust her taste and on top of that my Fantasy class kept mentioning it when we read "Neverwhere" so I decided to read it.

Firstly, if you are a fan of gods coming to life and interacting with each other, this is a novel you might be interested in. If you like series like "Percy Jackson and the Olympians"/"Heroes of Olympus", "The Kane Chronicles", Sherrilyn Kenyon's "Dark-Hunter" and related series, or are a "Gargoyles" fan, you might like this novel. If you love "Sandman", you will undoubtedly like this. The focus is principally on gods and mythical creatures from various pantheons/belief systems across the globe gathering together to interact. Anansi, Kali, Thoth, Odin, Loki, the Zorya, Wisakedjak, Eostre (Easter) and others make appearances. The research Gaiman did for this is very interesting and it's enjoyable to learn about all these different mythologies. I do love that this is not a strictly more familiar European mythologies story but covers nationalities around the globe.

Gaiman uses an interesting writing technique for a great portion of the book: the chapters switch up, so that one chapter is the primary plot while every other chapter is a 'random' story focusing on some mythological figure in some manner. My particular favorites are the one starring a female thief and her journey from England to America and an early group of Native Americans and their holy woman. These chapters, which are more like a collection of short stories, were far more enjoyable than the primary story. I think I would have liked this book more if it was a collection of short stories starring various mythological figures than an anthology interspersed with a novel. This actually does not surprise me, since I have enjoyed several unrelated Gaiman short stories a great deal, like his "Matrix" story, "Goliath". Maybe he's just better at short fiction.

When the story starts, it seems to try and pull you into the character of Shadow and you are caught between learning what the plot is about (and you don't actually learn that until way after the middle of the book) and learning who Shadow is. Quite frankly, I found it hard to care about EITHER mystery. Some guy in prison who does coin tricks and some war between old gods/magical creatures and 'modern' gods along with a small-town sideplot and drama. Worse yet, the other characters are not all that interesting, either. Wednesday is a lecherous most likely pedophile and a con artist wrapped in too many mysteries with too few clues that could make the writers of "Lost" jealous. The Zorya were interesting to learn about and I liked Eostre, but other than that this novel does not inspire me to research any of these people as I have when the characters (like Anansi) were presented elsewhere. They often feel placed simply for name recognition and are thus used poorly.

Then there's the way the book treats women. Again we come back to Gaiman's weird obsession with prostitution. I seriously cannot comprehend why he almost always does this but he does. I did not expect the best treatment of women here, especially since it's Gaiman, but I held out. He does better here than he does in most other places. There are great number of prominent female characters. Some physically powerful. Some simply vocal and powerful through the use of their voice. Two women even play strongly into the primary finale. Their treatment is formulaic, lazy and insulting and puts the focus back on Shadow. The old gods are, shockingly, run by a guy and his male toadie. The new ones are run by a guy and his mostly male toadies. I don't know what message Gaiman was trying to send by making the embodiment of modern Media be a woman, but none of the messages are very appealing. If you want to be charitable, I would say he's making a comment on how women cover media as objects that people see all the time, whether it's advertising, special trimming on shows or things men trade around on dramas. If you don't want to be charitable, you could say he's making a comment that media is a woman because the stereotype of a woman is bossy, bitchy, obnoxious, too curious for their own good, loud and annoying, like media tends to be, and this is all-around insulting. I hate to think he's naive enough to believe that women are actually in charge of media in general and THAT'S really why he did this because the truth is completely the opposite and that makes this decision look laughable at best. I also don't really understand two major characters in Shadow's story life: Bast and Samantha Black Crow. Bast randomly decides to sleep with Shadow in one of the weirdest 'heroes get sex' moments I've read in a long time. By the end of the story, for some reason Shadow seems to think there's the possibility that Samantha liked him in a romantic manner, even though they have only met twice and he knew there was no attraction those two times. The first time Gaiman has a 'lovely' bit of writing where he mocks what sounds like the college female stereotype (great job with that). The second time the audience meets Samantha it's unclear how the situation she was involved in fell out and is never explained. The second time Shadow meets her I just rolled my eyes and prayed for the story to end.

I did not enjoy this novel and I would not recommend it to anyone unless you are a Gaiman fan. ( )
  AnonR | Aug 5, 2023 |
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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.
tilføjet af mikeg2 | RedigerThe 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.
tilføjet af stephmo | RedigerThe 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.
"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.
tilføjet af stephmo | RedigerSalon.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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Fantasy. I nutidens Amerika udspiller der sig en kamp mellem de gamle og nye guder. Ind i denne konflikt kastes ex-fangen Shadow, der hurtigt bliver selveste Odins assistent. Tag med på en fantastisk rejse igennem et fysisk og mytisk landskab, der tegner billedet af Amerika og hvor vi møder guder og myter fra hele verden.

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