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American Gods (American Gods, #1) af Neil…
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American Gods (American Gods, #1) (original 2001; udgave 2005)

af Neil Gaiman

Serier: American Gods (1a)

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33,43392779 (4.06)12 / 1517
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:Alfred-110
Titel:American Gods (American Gods, #1)
Forfattere:Neil Gaiman
Info:Headline Review, Paperback, 635 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:***
Nøgleord:Ingen

Work Information

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. 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.
  20. 30
    Angelmaker af Nick Harkaway (BookshelfMonstrosity)

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Mythology
  BooksInMirror | Feb 19, 2024 |
I am admittedly not the biggest fan of science fiction/fantasy, although there have been some standouts that I have read in these genres; this imaginative, suspenseful novel was close to the top of the heap for me, with its puns, jokes, mythology, and lots of engaging wordplay and brilliant wordsmithing. I both listened to the audio (well done by George Guidall) and read the book, which I have had for years but never got around to reading. Shadow, the novel’s protagonist, is released a few weeks early from a three-year prison sentence when his wife, Laura, is killed in a car accident under compromising circumstances. He keeps encountering a gentlemen who offers him a job as his bodyguard. It is an offer Shadow cannot refuse; mayhem ensues. Old-fashioned mythology meets gritty America. ( )
  bschweiger | Feb 4, 2024 |
Not for me
  jessiewinterspring | Jan 30, 2024 |
(2001)(audio) Fantasy about a man's odyssey trying to find himself and the meaning of his life/death. Neil Gaiman's best and most ambitious novel yet, a scary, strange, and hallucinogenic road-trip story wrapped around a deep examination of the American spirit. Gaiman tackles everything from the onslaught of the information age to the meaning of death, but he doesn't sacrifice the razor-sharp plotting and narrative style he's been delivering since his Sandman days.Shadow gets out of prison early when his wife is killed in a car crash. At a loss, he takes up with a mysterious character called Wednesday, who is much more than he appears. In fact, Wednesday is an old god, once known as Odin the All-father, who is roaming America rounding up his forgotten fellows in preparation for an epic battle against the upstart deities of the Internet, credit cards, television, and all that is wired. Shadow agrees to help Wednesday, and they whirl through a psycho-spiritual storm that becomes all too real in its manifestations. For instance, Shadow's dead wife Laura keeps showing up, and not just as a ghost--the difficulty of their continuing relationship is by turns grim and darkly funny, just like the rest of the book.Armed only with some coin tricks and a sense of purpose, Shadow travels through, around, and underneath the visible surface of things, digging up all the powerful myths Americans brought with them in their journeys to this land as well as the ones that were already here. Shadow's road story is the heart of the novel, and it's here that Gaiman offers up the details that make this such a cinematic book--the distinctly American foods and diversions, the bizarre roadside attractions, the decrepit gods reduced to shell games and prostitution. "This is a bad land for Gods," says Shadow.More than a tourist in America, but not a native, Neil Gaiman offers an outside-in and inside-out perspective on the soul and spirituality of the country--our obsessions with money and power, our jumbled religious heritage and its societal outcomes, and the millennial decisions we face about what's real and what's not.
  derailer | Jan 25, 2024 |
Just re-read (actually, listened to) American Gods for the first time since it was originally published. It was better than I remembered, so I have raised my rating. I can confidently recommend the full-cast recording of the audiobook. ( )
  Treebeard_404 | Jan 23, 2024 |
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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.

—Richard Dorson, "A Theory For American Folklore,"
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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
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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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