Title: American Gods
Author: Neil Gaiman
First Reading: Honestly, I've lost count.
Initial Impression: I will never look at a roadside attraction the same way again.
Final Thoughts: The show premiers in 4 DAYS!
I know I've been building this up for several months now, everyone might be a little tired of me bringing up the "American Gods" novel, the television show, the author...but seriously, who could be tired of Neil Gaiman?
There's been enough publicity for the show that I'm sure everyone has a general idea of what the novel is about, however, here's my super-condensed version for anyone just tuning in:
- Shadow Moon (protagonist) is released from prison early, because his wife has been killed in a car accident.
- Shadow meets a cryptic man on a plane who calls himself "Mr. Wednesday", and says he wants to hire Shadow to be his bodyguard.
- Turns out, Mr. Wednesday is the physical embodiment of one of the Norse gods (guess who?), and there is a war brewing between the Old Gods (think any pre-modern god/goddess) and the New Gods (the gods of technology, fame, consumerism, etc.).
- It's Shadow's job to keep Wednesday safe while he rallies the old gods scattered across the United States. He's got his work cut out for him.
Want to know more? Of course you do!
I'm feeling very optimistic about the television adaption, at least based on the previews and casting choices. Of course, a few updates were made to catch some of the characters up from when the book was first published in 2001. I'm sure we'll have plenty to discuss next Monday after the premier!
About the Author:
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Originally from Hampshire, UK, Neil Gaiman was a kid after my own heart. He's described himself as a "feral child who was raised in libraries," and that love of reading eventually grew into a writing career that has included: journalism, nonfiction , graphic novels, children's books/young readers, science fiction, fantasy, horror, film, and television. And he's not done! Gaiman's latest novel, "Norse Mythology" was just released in February 2017. Another one for the TBR List!
I'm not even going to try to list the many awards and honors Gaiman has received, however, if you're interested you can find a comprehensive biography and list of works on his official website. He's also active on Twitter, @neilhimself, if you'd like to follow him there.
I recently found the below video of Gaiman discussing the origins of "American Gods", and thought it would be the perfect background piece to share before the show airs on Sunday (4/30).
Is everyone else ready for the "American Gods" series to begin? Do you think they'll stay true to the book? Let me know!