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CHARACTERS American Gods õ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Nd the king of America Together they embark on a profoundly strange journey across the heart of the USA whilst all around them a storm of preternatural and epic proportions threatens to breakScary gripping and deeply unsettling America. Whenever we have a cold snap here in Wisconsin I find myself thinking about one of my favorite pieces of American Gods I remember reading it back in 2002 or so This was back in the day Back when it was a bit of a secret that Gaiman lived in Wisconsin I read the following section of the book nodding to myself thinking Yup that s exactly what it s like Then I had another thought I bet this comes from that really bad cold snap we had here in Wisconsin about six years ago It was pretty cool for me being able to guess where a this piece of this book got its start For those of you who haven t read it here s the excerpt The main character Shadow has just come to a small Wisconsin town and he decides to walk into town to buy some warmer clothes and groceries The cold snap had come that was for sure It could not be much above zero and it would not be a pleasant walk but he was certain he could make it into town without too much trouble What did Hinzelmann say last night a ten minute walk And Shadow was a big man He would walk briskly and keep himself warm He set off south heading for the bridgeSoon he began to cough a dry thin cough as the bitterly cold air touched his lungs Soon his ears and face and lips hurt and then his feet hurt He thrust his ungloved hands deep into his coat pockets clenched his fingers together trying to find some warmth Step after step after step He glanced back The apartment building was not as far away as he had expectedThis walk he decided was a mistake But he was already three or four minutes from the apartment and the bridge over the lake was in sight It made as much sense to press on as to go home and then what Call a taxi on the dead phone Wait for spring He had no food in the apartment he reminded himselfHe kept walking revising his estimates of the temperature downward as he walked Minus ten Minus twenty Minus forty maybe that strange point on the thermometer when Celsius and Fahrenheit say the same thing Probably not that cold But then there was wind chill and the wind was now hard and steady and continuous blowing over the lake coming down from the Arctic across CanadaTen minutes of walking he guessed and the bridge seemed to be no nearer He was too cold to shiver His eyes hurt This was not simply cold this was science fiction This was a story set on the dark side of Mercury back when they thought Mercury had a dark side This was somewhere out on rocky Pluto where the sun is just another star shining only a little brightly in the darkness This thought Shadow is just a hair away from the places where air comes in buckets and pours just like beerThe occasional cars that roared past him seemed unreal spaceships little freeze dried packages of metal and glass inhabited by people dressed warmly than he was An old song his mother had loved Walking in a Winter Wonderland began to run through his head and he hummed it through closed lips kept pace to it as he walkedHe had lost all sensation in his feet He looked down at his black leather shoes at the thin cotton socks and began seriously to worry about frostbiteThis was beyond a joke This had moved beyond foolishness slipped over the line into genuine twenty four karat Jesus Christ I screwed up big time territory His clothes might as well have been netting or lace the wind blew through him froze his bones and the marrow in his bones froze the lashes of his eyes froze the warm place under his balls which were retreating into his pelvic cavityKeep walking he told himself Keep walking I can stop and drink a pail of air when I get home And that my friends is one of the many reasons I love Neil Gaiman

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CHARACTERS American Gods õ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB N Gods takes a long hard look into the soul of America You'll be surprised by what and who it finds there This is the author's preferred text never before published in the UK and is about 12000 words longer than the previous UK edition. No denying that this one is a big boi A long boi Extra extra page boiBut was it worth all that paperClick the link for my video review of the big bois in my lifeThe Written Review Gods die And when they truly die they are unmourned and unremembered Ideas are difficult to kill than people but they can be killed in the end The Old Gods brought over by immigrants Wild fantastical tales of elephant headed men and trickster spiders Of power and lust Of fear and worshipThe New Gods created by the immigrants descendants Gods of money media and might Newly formed out of the hopes dreams and desires of a people who ve long since forgotten the Old Gods A storm is coming The New Gods though young and foolhardy know what they want and they want to take the world from the Old Gods Caught in the crossfires is one very human ex prisoner named Shadow The ideas Neil Gaiman comes up with are simply stunning It s hard to describe this book it s all encompassing This story feels so old and established almost like it s a legend passed down from generation to generation It crossed every genera from romance to murder mystery to mythology absolutely seamlessly I really loved all of the New Gods that Gaiman createdThere s The Technical Boy God of the internet and computers The Black Hats Gods of Conspiracy theories and shady ideas And my personal favorite Media the Goddess of the Television The TV s the altar I m what people are sacrificing toWhat do they sacrifice asked ShadowTheir time And of course because it s Neil Gaimanthere s a bunch of weird sex thrown inbecause reasonsLiterally one of the Old Goddesses ate a man alive with her womanhood Another time Shadow was really injured and was healed through painfully descriptive sex magic Aside Does anyone really know why Gaiman always does this Can t we have one book where everyone keeps their clothes onAnd if that wasn t confusing enough in between the man eating labia and sex bandaidswe get absolutely adorable uotes like this What I say is a town isn t a town without a bookstore It may call itself a town but unless it s got a bookstore it knows it s not foolin a soul or this The house smelled musty and damp and a little sweet as if it were haunted by the ghosts of long dead cookies Sometimes I really want to know what goes through this man s headand then againmaybe not Still this was an extremely interesting read and one of the few Gaiman books that I enjoyed from cover to coverAudiobook CommentsExtremely well read by Dennis Boutsikaris Daniel Oreskes Ron McLarty and Sarah Jones Each major character had a different voice actoractress and it really enhanced the audio The accents sounded accurate to my untrained ear and the whole book was immensely enjoyable to listen to The Finer Books Club 2018 Reading Challenge A book based in your home stateYouTube Blog Instagram Twitter Snapchat mirandareads Happy Reading Ni arte ni parte unmourned and Noticias De Los Montoneros unremembered Ideas are difficult to kill than people but they can be killed in the end The Old Gods brought over by immigrants Wild fantastical tales of elephant headed men and trickster spiders Of power and lust Of fear and worshipThe New Gods created by the immigrants descendants Gods of money media and might Newly formed out of the hopes dreams and desires of a people who ve long since forgotten the Old Gods A storm is coming The New Gods though young and foolhardy know what they want and they want to take the world from the Old Gods Caught in the crossfires is one very human ex prisoner named Shadow The ideas Neil Gaiman comes Skin Talks up with are simply stunning It s hard to describe this book it s all encompassing This story feels so old and established almost like it s a legend passed down from generation to generation It crossed every genera from romance to murder mystery to mythology absolutely seamlessly I really loved all of the New Gods that Gaiman createdThere s The Technical Boy God of the internet and computers The Black Hats Gods of Conspiracy theories and shady ideas And my personal favorite Media the Goddess of the Television The TV s the altar I m what people are sacrificing toWhat do they sacrifice asked ShadowTheir time And of course because it s Neil Gaimanthere s a bunch of weird sex thrown inbecause reasonsLiterally one of the Old Goddesses ate a man alive with her womanhood Another time Shadow was really injured and was healed through painfully descriptive sex magic Aside Does anyone really know why Gaiman always does this Can t we have one book where everyone keeps their clothes onAnd if that wasn t confusing enough in between the man eating labia and sex bandaidswe get absolutely adorable No hay as felices Verónica Rosenthal #3 uotes like this What I say is a town isn t a town without a bookstore It may call itself a town but Poesía reunida unless it s got a bookstore it knows it s not foolin a soul or this The house smelled musty and damp and a little sweet as if it were haunted by the ghosts of long dead cookies Sometimes I really want to know what goes through this man s headand then againmaybe not Still this was an extremely interesting read and one of the few Gaiman books that I enjoyed from cover to coverAudiobook CommentsExtremely well read by Dennis Boutsikaris Daniel Oreskes Ron McLarty and Sarah Jones Each major character had a different voice actoractress and it really enhanced the audio The accents sounded accurate to my Historia De La Argentina Deseada Ensayo untrained ear and the whole book was immensely enjoyable to listen to The Finer Books Club 2018 Reading Challenge A book based in your home stateYouTube Blog Instagram Twitter Snapchat mirandareads Happy Reading

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CHARACTERS American Gods õ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Days before his release from prison Shadow's wife Laura dies in a mysterious car crash Numbly he makes his way back home On the plane he encounters the enigmatic Mr Wednesday who claims to be a refugee from a distant war a former god a. I find myself shocked at the awards this book has won and the praise heaped upon it How on Gods Earth could a book about Gods walking on the Earth among mortals be so pedestrian Somehow Gaiman managed to turn a potentially cool premise into something boring For those who love this book and I know it is many please forgive the sarcasm to follow as I blaspheme against the beloved Gaiman But Gods help me the I read the I hated American GodsFirst off while the premise sounds interesting the I thought about it the less I liked it The basic idea the worshippers a God has the powerful they are The plot there is a building power struggle between the old Gods Norse Native American pagan etc and the new Gods Technology Television Money etc Okay I ve heard the ratio of worshippers to power idea before so that s not so original But it s not a deal breaker It has potential Here s the uniue twist in American Gods that caused my political antenna to start twitching every God like say Odin has an avatar of him or herself in each country Or is it each continent Gaiman s not uite clear about that Would there be an Odin in Belgium and Luxembourg Or does all of Europe get one Odin who is different from the American Odin I find it politically disagreeable to suggest that every country or even continent has different God avatars To make this the premise turns intangible political entities nations into strictly bordered spiritual containers It s parochial thinking I disagree with this premise radically because I reject that people of a given nation are somehow bonded spiritually Countries are artificial Like Afghanistan Like how we stole the native people s land to form America I ascribe to the perspective that while people should always be fighting for political freedom and better political systems locally and nationally we are truly citizens of the world together The premise of American Gods manages to privilege the people in one country as somehow being united in their spiritual energy feeding the Gods only within that country As a metaphor Gaiman repeatedly feels the need to state that this premise is a metaphor it fails There should be no metaphorical boundary between my spirit and my sister s and brother s spirits in Nicaragua even if we have different local needs Further I could go on about how old Gods religious deities are in cahoots with modern Gods like wealth and technology Just look at the fact that all the evangelists support the party of the 1%Political oversensitivity on my part aside the rant continuesThe main character Shadow was about the dullest hero I ve ever read For Gods sake how many times do other characters have to refer to how big he is Is he a big man He sure is big Wow you re big Apparently he s big Is he big Oh boy is he a big man Yep he s big He was big and boring and one dimensional So pure of heart that it grated on me I found the majority of his dialogue to be trite and conventional He struck me throughout as a pawn of the author and yes he was a pawn of the Gods too than a real being His words were missing that spark of believability to bring the character to life I didn t even believe his repeated sleight of hand behavior It felt like a character trait on a chart that Gaiman could pull out every couple of chapters And when it came to the other God characters I just wasn t feelin it They seemed phony as all get out I did not find his representation of them credible I think my reaction to their characterizations were primarily due to a reaction to mediocre dialogue The dialogue wasn t awful but I found it to be consistently off slightly awkward slightly unnatural subtly stiltedMost of the story was told in very close third person from Shadow s point of view But every once in a while Gaiman would throw in a chapter from another character s point of view These chapters read in some ways like short stories inserted into the novel to expurgate some backstory elucidate the Godworshipper premise in detail or delve into a side character I find such techniues utterly amateurish One or two interludes in a book might be acceptable but to have an entire story driving in a close third person POV and then jump into another character because you can t explain something from the primary POV is cheap It s an easy out I react badly when authors feel the need to explain things to begin with And to interrupt the flow of the structure you ve created to do so pisses me off It made me feel as though Gaiman were talking down to me as the reader like I was a little kid who didn t get it Or like his storytelling just wasn t good enough to tell the story without jumping out of it to explain it Understanding should come organically Or else the POV jumping should happen freuently such as every chapter It s all about rhythm of storytellingSwathes of American Gods were just plain boring About 23 of the way through I started skipping whole paragraphs then pages to get to plot events All the stuff between the plot events was trying my patience Shadow spends a great deal of time stuck in a small town in northern Wisconsin meeting all these good hearted locals and exploring bits of small town life I felt like I was stuck in a small town in northern Wisconsin during the winter the whole time I m like this is not freaking Housekeeping and Gaiman sure ain t Marilynne Robinson He does not have the writing chops to pull off an intimate look at real small town lifeModest spoiler view spoilerThe entire chapter where the old Gods meet the new Gods in truce made no logical sense Even if the place they met was neutral due to its magical ualities the new Gods simply had to track the trucks when the old Gods drove off and bomb the hell out of them It was just this weird excuse to have some conversations between the old and new between Shadow and the new Gods And to get that body back Contrived hide spoiler


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