American Gods: The Moment of the Storm by Neil Gaiman

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  • This is another one that I have on my list (the book, the novel and the tv series) that I still haven’t gotten around to. It’s another case of just being able to find time I guess, but then again as much as one would want to, you can’t watch/read everything in a lifetime. Still I do like the premise, and you are so right about the art being stunning. It really does look the part! Great review as always Lashaan!

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    • No worries, my friend. For an award-winning novel like this to get this many relatively successful adaptations with different mediums is already amazing. People will have so many ways to enjoy this story now. And like you said. It’s all about just finding and making time for it now! 😀 Thanks for reading, Michel! 😀

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  • Can you pleeease pleeease ask them to send me a copy for review too please, Lashaan?? Handsome, pleeease? 😀 I’ve been wanting to get my hands on this graphic novel series! You lucky duck, you!!! Brilliant review as always!

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  • I look at the cover and see a hammer and a half-moon (i.e. part of a sickle). Does it have anything to do with SSSR (Soviet Union)?
    The first few episodes of season 1 were decent. But then, things just got… bad. Not weird or gross because I don’t mind that. It just became less interesting for me somehow. And so I stopped watching. I never picked up the book, even though people told me it’s different/better than the show. My feelings towards shows/books are usually accurate from the start.

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    • Nop. That’s just a moon, I believe. While the hammer references to one of his promises in the story. I haven’t tried the show yet, preferring to wait for a third season before committing but I heard that the writers or something from the first season left before season 2… It might explain the shortcomings… Can’t blame for trusting your gut there. Spares you the trouble of finding out if it’s really better or not and stick to things you ACTUALLY want to consume. 😀

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  • I just want to clarify: is this based on the TV show or the book? Obviously, the show is based on the book… but I recognize they have taken liberties with the show (I haven’t seen it) to make it more modern and appropriate for television. But, based on your comment in the last paragraph, it sounds like this is an adaptation of the novel…

    I ask because the implication of parallels on the immigration issues we’re facing globally today seems so modern. I don’t know if this was there when I originally read American Gods and was added to modernize the story, or if I just didn’t see it because I read this book long ago when immigration issues weren’t at the fore the same. Does that make sense?

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    • It’s an adaptation of the novel since a lot of dialogue is straight out of the novel too, don’t quote me on that though, it’s been over 3-4 years since I read it. 😀 I’d mostly recommend it for fans of the novel before anything else, but anyone curious enough but the story and artwork here can definitely jump in and get ready for a wild ride.

      Honestly, I think it’s something that strikes you as you read and indulge the ideas by Gaiman during the suuuuuper long journey in the novel. I saw those ideas of immigration because of how society tends to assimilate cultures and how we, today, now praise a much more… “modern” type of god. The ending where he meets another Odin also made me acknowledge the idea of immigration even more too. I don’t have a clue if it was intended though, I never dug into to find out hahah 😀

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      • I love that interpretation. When I re-read it, I’ll be looking for immigration themes. The observation that society assilimates cultures and their gods is fascinating. Humanity will always be seeking things to revere. That’s what captured my attention quite abruptly during my original reading of American Gods — the modern gods. Mr World, Media, The Intangables — this shined a light on the focus of society I had allowed myself to be mostly blinded to.

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