American Gods: First impressions
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I rarely read this genre, so I am reading on in interest to see exactly how odd it will get!
I'm using Audible's WhisperSync for the first time so I can switch between reading and listening. The jury is still out about how well that's going to work for me.
Having never directly compared an audio book to a printed (whatever media) book, I find it interesting that the narrator sometimes leaves out the "he said"-type bits. Multiple readers, so it is easy to tell when the speaker changes with those edited out sometimes. I'd always assumed the book was verbatim.
There was one interesting part where the narrator used an Eastern European accent, and I wondered why, but it was explained later in the paragraph. The narrator knew that before I did.
Okay, I'll try to be quiet now until March 10th, our official starting date IIRC.
Any reactions to some of the other locations? (or should we save that for a thread?)
It seemed Gaiman got more into the swing of things as the magical started to emerge. The erotica seems overblown. The wife is like some sort of deus ex machina for when Gaiman needs a quick way to get Shadow out of bad situations.
I am going to keep reading as I have heard the end is where the novel gets good. Right now, I think the past 200 pages could have been edited to 25, and I am desperately reading short stories to remind myself that there are decent writers in this world.
I really hope that this starts getting interesting. The only upshot I see at this point is that the limited vocabulary and the readability should get me through this book quickly.
I really shouldn't have purchased the 10th anniversary authoritative text. It adds 12,000 extra words.
I found the latter's prose style cliché ridden and lackluster--but I've heard his other works show much greater talent and strength of originality/experimentation. This is my first trip through Gaiman, and I am certainly not aching to return to Mia's torturous fall into the inauthentic hivemind. Both, however, typecast--Eggers, the typical (doomed in his mind) millennial, Gaiman, the mutable people and gods of myth and legend.
A little too convenient, right? It irritated me too.
I *forced* myself to finish reading it, determined to find out what people found great in it. But in the end all I learned was that to vacate my preferred genre is foolish :)
(it is good to learn as you go, so I don't regret reading it)
The whole "build-up" of the tension between materialism and Gnosticism... I've never read someone critiquing the growing materialism of modern culture as something that may be destroying an inner spirituality. Oh wait, Weber... Freud... Madonna?
I got through another fifty pages--slowly. I'm finished with this; I cannot force myself through the rest of it. I am still curious as to why this book and author are popular and well reviewed.
One good thing about reading a book like this: It makes subsequent books seem much more impressive.
Anyone know how we vote for the April book?