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American Gods af Neil Gaiman
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American Gods (original 2001; udgave 2011)

af Neil Gaiman

Serier: American Gods (1)

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30,55583469 (4.07)12 / 1464
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)
Medlem:somethingbrighter
Titel:American Gods
Forfattere:Neil Gaiman
Info:William Morrow, Kindle Edition, 635 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:****
Nøgleord:fiction, uk

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Amerikanske guder af Neil Gaiman (2001)

  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. 252
    Neverwhere : en rejse på Undersiden af Neil Gaiman (WilliamPascoe)
    WilliamPascoe: Phenominally brilliant fantasy .
  3. 232
    Anansi Boys af Neil Gaiman (infiniteletters)
  4. 100
    Fables, Vol. 01: Legends in Exile af Bill Willingham (sbuehrle)
  5. 111
    Night Watch af Sergei Lukyanenko (citygirl)
    citygirl: When the supernatural collides with modern life. One in Moscow, one in the US.
  6. 177
    Small Gods af Terry Pratchett (MyriadBooks)
    MyriadBooks: For the necessity of belief.
  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. 94
    Slutspil : The Stand af Stephen King (clif_hiker)
  10. 72
    Non Lon Don af China Miéville (bertyboy)
    bertyboy: Alternative London for alternative fantasy. Have a go!
  11. 61
    King Rat af China Miéville (Runkst)
  12. 117
    Sjælens lange mørke te-pause af Douglas Adams (WoodsieGirl)
  13. 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.
  14. 40
    The Wood Wife af Terri Windling (Larkken)
  15. 30
    Someplace to be Flying af Charles de Lint (MyriadBooks)
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 30
    Angelmaker af Nick Harkaway (BookshelfMonstrosity)
  19. 41
    Rivers of London af Ben Aaronovitch (Chricke)
  20. 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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Viser 1-5 af 833 (næste | vis alle)
This is one of the greatest books I've read. I found myself able to appreciate it but I found difficulty enjoying it. This is mainly because I don't like Fantasy. I could see what the author was doing and I took pleasure in the process of figuring that out. But it's the dry kind of pleasure, like that of solving a puzzle.

There was one aspect of the novel that I truly enjoyed. The character of Shadow is both extremely likeable and interesting, which is a rare combination. I enjoyed it most when Shadow was in real places, in jail, on the road when nothing funny happened, and especially in Lakeside, when nothing happened. I loved being in Lakeside. ( )
  AminBoussif | Sep 22, 2021 |
...I wish I knew more mythology. ( )
  iaross | Sep 21, 2021 |
It's sad to say, but this book just bored me. I usually like Neil Gaiman's stories, so don't read this as an attack on his talent or anything, but sometimes individual works just don't connect. In this case, American Gods felt aimless, detached, and more than a little pointless. Not only did the big concepts fail to land, but the little stuff as well. It's one thing when you have a book like Neverwhere where a few of the characters are insanely quirky because it's balanced out by the "straight man". Unfortunately, Shadow is a terrible straight man. He doesn't question, he doesn't speak for the reader, he just follows along moving from story segment to story segment (note I don't call them plot points as most everything in here is useless to the overall plot.) Nope, it just didn't work for me. ( )
  jamestomasino | Sep 11, 2021 |
Audiobook review:

I think I might have expected more from this book than I should have going into it. So many people had read it that I loved, trusted, believed in and got super hyped/deadlined by the coming show.

I really loved the short asides about the deities more than the main storylines. I liked seeing how they were beloved, or not, traveled to America, the gods America had birthed, and how they'd affected people, getting lost or loved until the death of the person who never forgot. ( )
  wanderlustlover | Aug 21, 2021 |
Fast read and very compelling/entertaining. However... there are two images from it that repulse and creep me out. Both involve violence done to children. I think Gaiman has that theme in his grab bag and perhaps in his mind it makes him edgy. But it's over the edge for me. This book would be more appealing without those ghastly images. ( )
  Je9 | Aug 10, 2021 |
Viser 1-5 af 833 (næste | vis alle)
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.

—Richard Dorson, "A Theory For American Folklore,"
                           American Folklore and the Historian
                           (University of Chicago Press, 1971)
CHAPTER ONE
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
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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.
—old song
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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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There are at least two different editions of this book.   The original was published in 2001, and the tenth anniversary edition (Author's preferred text)  was published in 2011.   Please do not combine.
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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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