American Gods: Shadows by Neil Gaiman

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29 thoughts on “American Gods: Shadows by Neil Gaiman

  1. Ooh, American Gods comic book! That is something I’d really like to lay my hands on… I started watching the series and indeed the performances of the cast are impressive. I’m not entirely sold on the visual side yet, but maybe it’s something that grows on you 😉

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    1. So glad to hear you’re on board with this one! The book tired me like there was no tomorrow by the time I reached the ending but I find that the comic book does a better job in getting right into the juicy elements of the story, while keeping it all mysterious. I’m glad the show does such a good job in adapting this though. Never would thought it was possible to be honest hahah

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      1. To me Gaiman can spin a tale like a pro and creates great concepts, but he has a serious problem with endings – I don’t think I read one book of his that had a decent ending! American Gods is a classic example of this (and it did drag on at times, lots of tangential stuff in this one ;))

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  2. I will run this by Miss Plumtartt for possible viewing.

    Years ago I read ‘Good Omens’, by Neal Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. I liked it okay, but I prefer the Pratchett ‘Dyscworld’ world. I think ‘Good Omens’ is being made into a movie, but I fear that it will be dreadful.

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    1. Sweet! Would be curious to hear your thoughts on it.

      I actually plan on reading Good Omens at some point (probably 2020…). The TV series that they made based on it is already out though. With good ol’ David Tennant as a lead. It looked funny when I first saw the trailers and I’ve only heard good things about it so far.

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  3. Added it to my wishlist 🙂

    I love “American Gods”, and it’s not often that comic book adaptation manages to be more than “complete’s idiot” version of the novel. To think of it, one such case always was, for me, Gaiman’s Neverwhere….

    This one looks good and, with your recommendation, I’m sold on the idea to read it 🙂

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    1. Sweet! I personally find the comic book version more compelling than the book. It just gets straight to the point and the visuals further help picture things. And, personally, I find Gaiman’s comic book vision quite fantastic (see Sandman, for example).

      Hope you enjoy it if you ever pick up a copy! 😀

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      1. I don’t know how involved Gaiman is in making the adaptations of his novels, but it looks he either is, heavily, or at least knows whom to choose 🙂

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  4. I need to read/watch American Gods, but you are so right when about Neil Gaiman. I found that it took a couple of books to adjust to his writing, but now I can understand why people hold him to such high regards. I especially love how he’s able to adapt his stories to suit multiple formats, it’s a credit to his immense talent. I had no idea that they had done a graphic novel for American Gods and I like how the artistic design and detail are a reflection of Gaiman’s imagination.

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    1. You should totally give it a try someday. It’s unique in so many ways, then again, you could probably say that about anything Neil Gaiman does hahah And yes! I too love how his imagination allows him to be so efficient with so many mediums. I do hope you’ll enjoy whichever version you decide to try! 😀

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  5. Interesting, I haven’t seen the American Gods series but certainly know of it and might possibly check it out one day but have to say it’s not on my priority list. A comic book adaptation of the book(s?) seems a great way to draw people into the world of this story who might be daunted or disinterested in committing themselves to the novel.

    Awesome review as always my friend, you just continue to get better and better and always draw me in with your style as you paint a clear picture of the subject matter and your thoughts on the same. I’ve not really dived into any of Gaiman’s work (save Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader, which I liked)…shame on me as he’s one of Britain’s own…where would you recommend starting, whether it’s comics or novels?

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    1. I’m not sure if the comics will cover the second book (Anansi Boys) but for now the trilogy (graphic novels) seem to be focused on American Gods. Remains to be seen what they plan on doing. But I totally understand if you are skeptical about this series but it’s definitely one of those work that you’d have to try at some point without dishing out all your money on it.

      Oh man, you and Britain artists have had a very odd relationship 😂 I don’t know how you miss out on them when they’re internationally loved! 😁 I personally focused more on his comic books, including the stuff he did on Batman as well as Sandman! I also like his darker YA stories in their animated movie format (Coraline, etc) and so far the best Neil Gaiman book I read was The Ocean at the End of the Land but I heard great things about Neverwhere! It’s what I want to check out next at some point!

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      1. Haha, well in my defense I’ve read a lot of Alan Moore and his work with Brit artists like Brian Bolland and David Gibbons – plus I read 2000ad every week…so it’s just Gaiman I’m a bit behind with, think I definitely need to take the plunge with Sandman eventually!

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