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American Gods (English Edition) Versión Kindle
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AN ACCLAIMED, EMMY-NOMINATED TV SERIES ON AMAZON PRIME VIDEO
WINNER OF THE HUGO, LOCUS AND BRAM STOKER AWARDS
'To give him his full title: Neil Gaiman, Architect of Worlds, Svengali of Plot, Shaman of Character, Exploder of Cliché, Master Craftsman of Style, Dreamer Laureate of the Republic of Letters' DAVID MITCHELL
'Original, engrossing, and endlessly inventive' GEORGE R.R. MARTIN
'Brilliant and unique' GUARDIAN
'This is about the soul of America, the idea that everyone came here from somewhere' NEIL GAIMAN
After three years in prison, Shadow Moon is free to go home. But hours before his release, his beloved wife is killed in a freak accident. Numbly, he boards a plane where he meets an enigmatic stranger who seems to know Shadow and claims to be an ancient god - and king of America.
Together they embark on a profoundly strange road trip across the USA, encountering a kaleidoscopic cast of characters along the way. But all around them a storm of unnatural proportions is gathering.
War is coming, an epic struggle for the very soul of America. And Shadow is standing squarely in its path.
WITH STORIES COME POSSIBILITIES.
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'Gaiman has a rich imagination...and an ability to tackle large themes' ― Philip Pullman --Este texto se refiere a la edición paperback.
Biografía del autor
Neil Gaiman is the No.1 Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling writer of books, graphic novels, short stories, film and television for all ages, and is known for creating extraordinary worlds beyond imagination. He has been awarded numerous literary honours and many of his books have been made into films and adapted for TV and radio. In recent years, Neil wrote and was the showrunner for a critically acclaimed television adaptation of Good Omens, the seminal novel he co-authored with the late Sir Terry Pratchett. He has also written two episodes of Doctor Who and appeared in The Simpsons as himself.
In 2017, Neil became a Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. He received a Doctor of Letters from the University of St Andrews, is a Professor in the Arts at Bard College and is a Royal Society of Literature fellow. Born in the UK, Neil now mostly lives in America, and travels all around the world every year appearing at festivals, events and conventions.
Detalles del producto
- ASIN : B005NACYQU
- Editorial : Review; N.º 1 edición (10 noviembre 2011)
- Idioma : Inglés
- Tamaño del archivo : 5212 KB
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- Notas adhesivas : En Kindle Scribe
- Longitud de impresión : 674 páginas
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº56,622 en Tienda Kindle (Ver el Top 100 en Tienda Kindle)
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Idea en cierto modo original sobre dioses antiguos y modernos de todo tipo pero al fin y al cabo muy impregnado de la religión cristiana básicamente.
Hasta la mitad del libro esperaba algo mejor con un desarrollo inesperado, la emoción de la lectura fue decayendo suavemente hasta el final.
Aunque un poco desilusionante porque me esperaba mejor, igual es una buena lectura.
On the other hand, I received it a bit damaged. Nothing serious but makes me drop the 5th star.
Revisado en España 🇪🇸 el 7 de abril de 2019
On the other hand, I received it a bit damaged. Nothing serious but makes me drop the 5th star.
La versión es extendida, y el prólogo desvela alguna cosa que hubiese preferido no saber, así que saltárselo puede ser recomendable.
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I haven't watched the TV series of the book but a co-worker has and recommended it to me as being incredibly strange (I like strange). Me, being me, would rather have the book so I decided to take the plunge. Unfortunately, all the way through I kept seeing Ian McShane's face as Mr Wednesday - but I can understand why they cast him as he does irascibly dodgy so well. That aside, it took me a disappointingly long time to twig who Mr Wednesday really is - I know, I know shameful (especially knowing the author's love of Norse Mythology, in fact ALL mythology going off this book). I was also in the dark, along with Shadow, as to who his cell mate really was and it was all there in the open, we were just too blind to see it.
What I did find interesting was how much crossover various Religions have (I can waffle for DAYS about the links between Ancient Egyptian belief and the Old Testament/Torah) but had never really considered Norse tradition, Slavic tradition - even Hinduism and Sikhism have crossovers. It's almost as though "names have been changed" in some cosmic documentary series. It even made me look further in to traditions and religions I had never given much temporal time to (Eastern European belief systems in particular) so probably took me longer to read because of this popping off to research the Zorya, etc..
I found the book to be completely immersive - so much so I spent an entire day off work curled up on the couch in my pjs just reading, been a LONG time since my entire day has been about a book. The warp and weft of the story just captivated me and sucked me right in. I never really felt emotion for the characters though, which is decidedly odd for me; usually if I love a book it is due to character but this one was all about the plot for me. Although, if Shadow was anyone other than himself it just wouldn't have worked - contradictory I know.
I'm not even really sure how to describe the plot - it just IS. There is also that little niggle in the back of your mind (the same one that The Stand gave me) that this could be real. When we create a belief system what happens when it's last adherent passes? Are we keeping the truly Ancient Religions alive by studying the cuneiform writings or the Hieroglyphics? By uttering Odin's name, or Freya's on a weekly basis are we keeping the God alive? By watching MCU movies are Loki and Thor being worshipped once more? Do Marillion have the power to resurrect Grendel? I think I am overthinking a fantasy novel rather too much - but I LIKE that it made me think, that it has entertained me mightily but also that it has given me something new to ponder on when I am cannot sleep.
This is a strange book, this is true. This is a very charming book as well, it's charm coming from the normalcy of every peculiar encounter, dream and circumstance. Shadow just accepts what is happening around and to him with a peculiar equanimity that speaks more of personal serenity than gullibility. This is not a book for public reading though, you need to get comfortable and realise that hours will pass whilst you are under it's spell - not so good for a lunch break or commute.
However, I found Shadow’s stereotypical “dark and brooding” routine quite tired. I didn’t care much for his character and that’s always a bad sign. Whether the lead makes me hate them or love them, I want to feel SOMETHING. With Shadow, I was indifferent. Not a good start. Then the long and drudging dream scenes felt tedious and, in some cases, entirely unnecessary. Some of the scenes with random gods (such as the god who feeds on men whilst they have sex with her), felt crass and forced, whilst not really adding anything to the narrative. Some of it was great. Mr Wednesday’s dialogue was often funny and poetic. I quite liked his time in the funeral home too. But overall, it just didn’t grab me the way I was expecting, and the climax felt utterly anticlimactic. It is well-written, of that there is no doubt, and it’s worth a read. It just wasn’t quite the knockout I had been led to believe.
Almost every character in this expansive work has a backstory and surprising connection to a mythical god and they form part of this alternative universe that main protagonist Shadow lands himself in after being let out of prison just a few days ahead of finishing his sentence for a grisly reason. He lands a job with a grifter and master conman Wednesday, who leads him on a psychedelic cross country quest that is as wild as Dorothy’s journey to the Emerald City laced with acid.
The consequences of lost faith on the fortunes of gods who lose their significance are presented in a darkly humorous and allegorical way that only Gaiman knows how. Shadow finds out the true god identity of a former cell mate who explains his fallen mortal state: “You got to understand the god thing. It's not magic. Not exactly…. You take all the belief, all the prayers and they become a kind of certainty, something that lets you become bigger, cooler, more than human…. And then one day they forget about you, and they don't sacrifice, and they don't care, and the next thing you know you're running a three card monte game on the corner of Broadway and 43rd”.
Richly entertaining and mystical - definitely worth the revisit.
I was pleasantly surprised
American Gods is written well, and by that I mean it was easy to read. The storytelling was natural, and I burned through this book faster than I do with most, even with so many pages!
Shadow isn’t a fascinating character
He never seems to want anything, and that’s frustrating. I know American Gods isn’t really about him (the story is, but the book isn’t) but readers need the protagonist to have some sort of desires to move the story forwards which will keep us invested. I wasn’t.
I loved the reimagining of the Gods, Goddesses, and heroic figures
This was my favourite part of the book. I can tell that Neil Gaiman has a love of old mythology, especially Norse, so I clung to that when reading American Gods to keep be interested; it worked.
The ending is relatively good
It was a little surprising but I think we could see something like that coming up. The beginning is great, though, so I can see many readers being enticed by the first few chapters and then glued to the page by Neil Gaiman’s natural writing style.
The middle section (a very large section) is dull, but not pointless – the writing style is what kept me reading there.
Overall, it’s a good book, but not brilliant.