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The Annotated American Gods af Neil Gaiman
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The Annotated American Gods (udgave 2020)

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Destined to be a treasure for the millions of fans who made American Gods an internationally bestselling phenomenon, this beautifully designed and illustrated collectible edition of Neil Gaiman's revered masterpiece features enlightening and incisive notes throughout by award-winning annotator and editor Leslie S. Klinger. A perennial favorite of readers worldwide, American Gods tells the story of ex-con Shadow Moon, who emerges from prison and is recruited to be bodyguard, driver, and errand boy for the enigmatic Mr. Wednesday. So begins a dark and strange road trip full of fantastical adventures and a host of eccentric characters. For, beneath the placid surface of everyday life, a storm is brewing--an epic war for the very soul of America--and Shadow is standing squarely in its path. This annotated volume of the Author's Preferred Text features analysis from Leslie S. Klinger. His trenchant commentary identifies gods and supernatural beings, elucidates key phrases, and shows how Gaiman built his award-winning novel, giving readers unparalleled insight into the story and into Gaiman's creative process and authorial decisions. Carefully chosen illustrations complement and illuminate the narrative.… (mere)
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Titel:The Annotated American Gods
Forfattere:Neil Gaiman (Forfatter)
Info:William Morrow (2020), Edition: Annotated, 656 pages
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American Gods, for all its massive weight, has got to be one of my favourite books, and one that I’ve re-read the most over the years - the story is just *that* compelling and well-wrought. I devoured the First Edition in high school, was super stoked at the extra content in the Author’s Preferred Edition, obsessed over the tv release, and was over the moon when they announced that it was time to release this Annotated Edition. Yet, for all of my excitement (and maybe because I was over-hyped), actually reading this edition was a bit… off. Gaiman claims in the introduction that one of the reasons he agreed to this release was that both of his wives (first and second, let’s not get sidetracked) felt that they didn’t quite understand the book on its own. I’ve heard quite a few people make the same complaint, usually with the excuse that the story winds and wefts its way over too much ground (physical American landscape and psychological flaming hoops) and they can’t come to grips with the myriad of references to pantheons of gods and goddesses (and in some cases obscure 1990s Americana). Ironically, I never found this to affect my reading of American Gods; I either knew what the references meant the first time around, or didn’t and Googled/libraried my way to knowledge. Obviously subsequent re-readings always gave me more knowledge to work with, and each re-read revealed different themes and undertones as the story related to different phases of my life, with the ending inevitably leaving me surprised (even though I know exactly what’s going to happen). The Annotated Edition did fill in some gaps as I was reading, since I can’t claim to know every reference out there, but after finishing the book (again) I’ve come to the conclusion that I don’t actually *need* to know everything as I’m reading and sometimes it bugged me to be constantly interrupted while I’m lost in the story. From a scholarly perspective, though, I think that the book is definitely needed as a quick-ref guide, and as much as I REALLY don’t care which specific sentences/words were in the First Edition vs. Author’s Preferred Edition, I can see this being an extremely useful tool for serious critiques of the novel. Would I recommend this book to a first time reader of Shadow’s story? Absolutely not. But I’m still glad that this compendium is out there in the universe for us Gaiman nerds to get excited about. And besides: it’s one more step towards (urban) fantasy novels being taken seriously as capital-L Literature! ( )
  JaimieRiella | May 11, 2021 |
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Destined to be a treasure for the millions of fans who made American Gods an internationally bestselling phenomenon, this beautifully designed and illustrated collectible edition of Neil Gaiman's revered masterpiece features enlightening and incisive notes throughout by award-winning annotator and editor Leslie S. Klinger. A perennial favorite of readers worldwide, American Gods tells the story of ex-con Shadow Moon, who emerges from prison and is recruited to be bodyguard, driver, and errand boy for the enigmatic Mr. Wednesday. So begins a dark and strange road trip full of fantastical adventures and a host of eccentric characters. For, beneath the placid surface of everyday life, a storm is brewing--an epic war for the very soul of America--and Shadow is standing squarely in its path. This annotated volume of the Author's Preferred Text features analysis from Leslie S. Klinger. His trenchant commentary identifies gods and supernatural beings, elucidates key phrases, and shows how Gaiman built his award-winning novel, giving readers unparalleled insight into the story and into Gaiman's creative process and authorial decisions. Carefully chosen illustrations complement and illuminate the narrative.

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