American gods season 2 March 10th

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Re: American gods season 2 March 10th

Postby TrainingDummy on Fri Mar 08, 2019 5:03 pm

Read the book and a lot of Gaiman's work.

I like that yarn style of storytelling and modern fantasy is my guilty pleasure reading.
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Re: American gods season 2 March 10th

Postby Michael on Sun Mar 10, 2019 11:48 pm

Now that Tj mentions it, I never read the book, but there are scenes in the show that borrow from multiple sources at once, like dialog from one movie and a visual from a different one.

I don't have the vid any more to double check, but there was this obscure and strange film from 1979 starring Jeff Bridges called "Winter Kills", and this is not a spoiler, but there's a scene in this new episode of Gods that is very similar to that film, while borrowing dialog from another one I can't place.
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Re: American gods season 2 March 10th

Postby oragami_itto on Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:00 am

Don't get me wrong, he's better than Janet Evanovich or Dan Brown, but he's no Heinlein.
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Re: American gods season 2 March 10th

Postby I-mon on Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:05 pm

I just read "Stranger in a Strange Land". Wow for a book that started out so well, and had me commenting on almost every page how fantastic it was, it really turned into a steaming pile of crap. I should probably read "Starship Troopers" next.
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Re: American gods season 2 March 10th

Postby Michael on Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:09 pm

Troopers is a good read, but doesn't have much of a story, whereas the movie does have a continuous plot. I think they complement each other.
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Re: American gods season 2 March 10th

Postby Peacedog on Mon Mar 11, 2019 5:27 pm

Yeah, I never got the "Stranger in a Strange Land" deal either. Troopers raises a lot of higher level philosophical issues (i.e. should people who have no investment in a society have a voice in how it is run), but is really just pulp fiction too. Granted I thought most of Moorcock's later books weren't great either.

A lot of the "masters" of fantasy are really just one degree removed from serials/dime store/fanzine level fiction. Both Gaiman and Butcher (of Harry Dresden fame) are fun reads, but I doubt much of it will survive the test of time.
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Re: American gods season 2 March 10th

Postby TrainingDummy on Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:32 pm

Butcher is super pulpy and I suspect most of his reference jokes won't be understood by future generations.

But he's a hell of a fun read if you're the target audience.
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Re: American gods season 2 March 10th

Postby I-mon on Mon Mar 11, 2019 9:57 pm

Any of you guys read anything by Dan Simmons?
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Re: American gods season 2 March 10th

Postby TrainingDummy on Tue Mar 12, 2019 12:23 pm

I read Hyperion and it didn't click with me, but I was very young at the time.
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Re: American gods season 2 March 10th

Postby chud on Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:23 pm

My favorite part of the book: https://asinusspinasmasticans.wordpress.com/2009/03/06/neil-gaiman-nails-the-neo-pagans/
And yes, I am enjoying the series.
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Re: American gods season 2 March 10th

Postby oragami_itto on Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:49 pm

TrainingDummy wrote:Butcher is super pulpy and I suspect most of his reference jokes won't be understood by future generations.

But he's a hell of a fun read if you're the target audience.


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Re: American gods season 2 March 10th

Postby Michael on Mon Mar 25, 2019 5:09 am

Three eps in and it's slower than molasses. I'm done.
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Re: American gods season 2 March 10th

Postby Steve James on Sun Mar 31, 2019 7:47 am

Wednesday got it on the head about money and god :).

Hey, the story's not fast, but it's deep. Each character mixes history/mythology classic and folk from the various continents and plants them in the US (Cairo, Memphis, St. Louis).
For example, the literary references in this last episode have to go over many peoples' heads. Someone who's read "The Colored Museum" will recognize Anansi's reference to the "snap." Shucks, they might even recognize Anansi.
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Re: American gods season 2 March 10th

Postby Peacedog on Sun Mar 31, 2019 8:42 am

Definitely a series I would recommend most people binge watch. The way the storytelling is built it needs some slow spaces.
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Re: American gods season 2 March 10th

Postby Steve James on Sun Mar 31, 2019 9:40 am

Kali in motels is genius. :)
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