History Literature / AmericanGods

21st Mar '17 9:36:14 PM jormis29
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Various television adaptations have been announced. A TV miniseries written by Gaiman was announced and abandoned by [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/tom-hanks-playtone-productions-announces-197012 HBO]] and a fantasy drama series is currently being produced by Creator/FremantleMedia, with Creator/BryanFuller and Michael Green as showrunners and Gaiman as Executive Producer, to air on Starz in early 2017. Gaiman will also serve as one of the show's writers.

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Various television adaptations have been announced. A TV miniseries written by Gaiman was announced and abandoned by [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/tom-hanks-playtone-productions-announces-197012 HBO]] and a [[Series/AmericanGods fantasy drama series is currently being series]] produced by Creator/FremantleMedia, with Creator/BryanFuller and Michael Green as showrunners and Gaiman as Executive Producer, to air on Starz in early 2017. Gaiman will also serve as one of the show's writers.
10th Mar '17 3:32:40 PM Ciara25
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* SpannerInTheWorks: Shadow, naturally and to a lesser extent, Horus. Also Laura, although she is also partly Shadow's fault for accidentally reanimating her.

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* SpannerInTheWorks: Shadow, naturally and to a lesser extent, Horus. extent Horus, [[spoiler: who fetches Easter in order to bring Shadow back to life.]] Also Laura, although she is also partly Shadow's fault for accidentally reanimating her.her; [[spoiler: she derails Wednesday and Mr World's plans more than once.]]


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** One for Shadow at the very start of the book: [[spoiler:"Your wife died with my husband's cock in her mouth, Shadow."]]
21st Feb '17 7:06:18 PM Psyclone
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** The Christmas conversation. [[spoiler:(It's a two man con)]].

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** The Christmas conversation. [[spoiler:(It's a conversation: [[spoiler:Shadow notices that all of Wednesday's favorite cons require two man con)]].people and asks if Wednesday had a partner.]].
20th Feb '17 3:01:02 AM jormis29
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** When the word kobold is mentioned, Shadow wonders what a kobold is. Many people will be familiar with the term through its use in TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons, an rpg originally created by TSR who were based in Lake Geneva in Wisconsin. [[spoiler:Hinzelmann is a kobold who lives near a lake in Wisconsin.]]

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** When the word kobold is mentioned, Shadow wonders what a kobold is. Many people will be familiar with the term through its use in TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons, ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', an rpg originally created by TSR Creator/{{TSR}} who were based in Lake Geneva in Wisconsin. [[spoiler:Hinzelmann is a kobold who lives near a lake in Wisconsin.]]
6th Feb '17 4:04:21 PM Jayalaw
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* BeingGoodSucks: Shadow sometimes hates that doing the right thing has its price. [[spoiler:Trying to serve Mr. Wednesday and then realizing Wednesday had used him leads to him having to break up the battle. He then reveals a mass murderer god in the town of Lakeside, which will in turn destroy its idyllic nature, and talk the god's murderer out of committing suicide.]] Then in "Black Dog" [[spoiler:he finds himself no longer welcome in town after he exposes Oliver as the one who killed Cassie]].



** Shadow is normally gentle and friendly, but he is a [[RunningGag very big man]]. It is not a good idea to piss him off. The aftermath of his rage is one of the reasons he was sent to prison.

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** Shadow is normally gentle and friendly, but he is a [[RunningGag very big man]]. It is not a good idea to piss him off. The aftermath of his rage is one of the reasons he was sent to prison. [[spoiler:In "Monarch of the Glen" he nearly beats Grendel to a pulp under Mr. Alice's orders and exposes Oliver as a murderer in "Black Dog".]]



* DeadAllAlong: In "Black Dog" [[spoiler:Cassie is revealed to be a ghost who started a relationship with Shadow so that he could find her body and bring her murderer to justice. She apologizes for using him, but he's not that regretful about it.]]



** Shadow, as his role is to ''shadow'' Mr. Wednesday. Laura also states that he never really seemed alive or present.

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** Shadow, as his role is to ''shadow'' Mr. Wednesday. Laura also states that he never really seemed alive or present. [[spoiler:His real name is Baldur Moon, named for Odin's son Baldur who was his parent's favorite child and also their sacrifice to Hel.]]



* MessianicArchetype: Shadow. He is TheChosenOne, even if for all the wrong reasons. Then there is the crucifixion scene complete with resurrection. [[spoiler: Then it is revealed that he is actually the son of Odin.]]

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* MessianicArchetype: Shadow. He is TheChosenOne, even if for all the wrong reasons. Then there is the crucifixion scene complete with resurrection. [[spoiler: Then it is revealed that he is actually the son of Odin.Odin, and his real name is Baldur Moon.]]


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* NowWhatEnding: After [[spoiler:stopping the war between the gods and exposing Hinzellman as a murderer]], Shadow doesn't know what to do with himself. [[spoiler:He decides to travel, starting with a trip to Iceland.]]


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* ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend:
** Laura as a zombie serves as this for Shadow. [[spoiler:She kills at least one man who has it in for her husband.]]
** Bastet isn't Shadow's girlfriend, but sometimes she acts like this. [[spoiler:When Oliver tries to murder Shadow in "Black Dog," she summons an army of cats to save him.]]


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* WalkingTheEarth: In "Monarch of the Glen" and "Black Dog," [[spoiler:Shadow travels through various European countries, solving problems along the way.]]
29th Jan '17 6:42:27 AM BillyNotSilly
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** When the word kobold is mentioned, Shadow wonders what a kobold is. Many people will be familiar with the term through its use in TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons, an rpg originally created by TSR who were based in Lake Geneva in Wisconsin. [[spoiler:Hinzelmann is a kobold who lives near a lake in Wisconsin.]]
17th Jan '17 3:09:05 PM LondonPurple
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* BookEnds: The plot truly begins when Shadow meets Mr Wednesday, the declining incarnation of Odin in the New World. [[spoiler: The last scene has him meet Iceland's Odin, an example of a god in an old country who has moved well with the times.]]
30th Dec '16 10:01:47 PM nombretomado
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* AmbiguouslyBrown: Shadow is asked on several occasions what his ethnicity is, with other characters guessing him to be Hispanic, Native American, or part African American. Shadow himself has very little knowledge of his heritage, but his mother died of sickle-cell anemia and is described as dark, so she is almost certainly African-American; his father is [[spoiler:a Norse god]]. His skin colour is finally described as [[StarbucksSkinScale 'coffee and cream']] some 450 pages into the novel. Neil Gaiman [[ComicBookFantasyCasting sees him as]] [[DwayneJohnson The Rock]].

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* AmbiguouslyBrown: Shadow is asked on several occasions what his ethnicity is, with other characters guessing him to be Hispanic, Native American, or part African American. Shadow himself has very little knowledge of his heritage, but his mother died of sickle-cell anemia and is described as dark, so she is almost certainly African-American; his father is [[spoiler:a Norse god]]. His skin colour is finally described as [[StarbucksSkinScale 'coffee and cream']] some 450 pages into the novel. Neil Gaiman [[ComicBookFantasyCasting sees him as]] [[DwayneJohnson The Rock]].Wrestling/TheRock.
30th Dec '16 11:07:23 AM narm00
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After a three-year prison term following an assault conviction, a man known only as Shadow is ready to be released back into society. He is not a bad man and wants little more than to go back to his beloved wife Laura, get a job at his friend's gym and live a quiet, simple life. Unfortunately, things are not that simple: Shortly before being released, Shadow discovers that Laura was killed in a car accident alongside the aforementioned friend and gets out early. At loose ends in the world, Shadow finds himself sharing a flight with a seedy old con man who asks to be called Mr. Wednesday. Wednesday is strangely interested in Shadow, and offers to hire him on as a bodyguard and accomplice; Shadow, with nothing left of his old life and nothing better to do, agrees.

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After a three-year prison term following an assault conviction, a man known only as Shadow is ready to be released back into society. He is not isn't a bad man and wants little more than to go back to his beloved wife Laura, get a job at his friend's gym and live a quiet, simple life. Unfortunately, things are not that simple: Shortly before being released, Shadow discovers that Laura was killed in a car accident alongside the aforementioned friend and gets out early. At loose ends in the world, Shadow finds himself sharing a flight with a seedy old con man who asks to be called Mr. Wednesday. Wednesday is strangely interested in Shadow, and offers to hire him on as a bodyguard and accomplice; Shadow, with nothing left of his old life and nothing better to do, agrees.



Various television adaptations have been announced. A TV miniseries written by Gaiman was announced and abandoned by [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/tom-hanks-playtone-productions-announces-197012 HBO]] and a fantasy drama series is [[http://www.deadline.com/2014/02/fremantlemedia-to-adapt-fantasy-novel-american-gods-as-drama-series/ currently scheduled]] by Creator/FremantleMedia with Creator/BryanFuller and Michael Green as showrunners and Gaiman as Executive Producer. Gaiman will also serve as one of the show's writers.

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Various television adaptations have been announced. A TV miniseries written by Gaiman was announced and abandoned by [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/tom-hanks-playtone-productions-announces-197012 HBO]] and a fantasy drama series is [[http://www.deadline.com/2014/02/fremantlemedia-to-adapt-fantasy-novel-american-gods-as-drama-series/ currently scheduled]] being produced by Creator/FremantleMedia Creator/FremantleMedia, with Creator/BryanFuller and Michael Green as showrunners and Gaiman as Executive Producer. Producer, to air on Starz in early 2017. Gaiman will also serve as one of the show's writers.
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Around the same time as the TV series, Creator/DarkHorseComics will begin a comic adaptation of the book, written by P. Craig Russell.



* NotActuallyTheUltimateQuestion: Early in the novel, after Shadow is released from prison and about the fly home, he remembers an interaction with a previous cell-mate, which the cellmate asserted had the moral of not pissing off people who work in airports. During a previous parole, the cellmate had planned to fly home to see his sister, but after losing his temper when being informed that his driver's license had expired, ended up (in that order) going on a drunken bender, robbing a gas station to get booze money, being arrested for public urination, and ultimately winding up back in prison with extra time for armed robbery. Shadow, who [[ObfuscatingStupidity is very intelligent despite pretending to be dumb muscle]] questioned whether the moral of the story was that "The kind of behavior that works in a specialized environment, such as prison, can fail to work and in fact become harmful when used outside such an environment", but his cellmate insisted the moral was to not piss off people who work in airports.

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* NotActuallyTheUltimateQuestion: Early in the novel, after Shadow is released from prison and about the to fly home, he remembers an interaction with a previous cell-mate, which the cellmate asserted had the moral of not pissing off people who work in airports. During a previous parole, the cellmate had planned to fly home to see his sister, but after losing his temper when being informed that his driver's license had expired, ended up (in that order) going on a drunken bender, robbing a gas station to get booze money, being arrested for public urination, and ultimately winding up back in prison with extra time for armed robbery. Shadow, who [[ObfuscatingStupidity is very intelligent despite pretending to be dumb muscle]] questioned whether the moral of the story was that "The kind of behavior that works in a specialized environment, such as prison, can fail to work and in fact become harmful when used outside such an environment", but his cellmate insisted the moral was to not piss off people who work in airports.
8th Dec '16 10:12:36 AM Hodor2
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* NotActuallyTheUltimateQuestion: Early in the novel, after Shadow is released from prison and about the fly home, he remembers an interaction with a previous cell-mate, which the cellmate asserted had the moral of not pissing off people who work in airports. During a previous parole, the cellmate had planned to fly home to see his sister, but after losing his temper when being informed that his driver's license had expired, ended up (in that order) going on a drunken bender, robbing a gas station to get booze money, being arrested for public urination, and ultimately winding up back in prison with extra time for armed robbery. Shadow, who [[ObfuscatingStupidity is very intelligent despite pretending to be dumb muscle]] questioned whether the moral of the story was that "The kind of behavior that works in a specialized environment, such as prison, can fail to work and in fact become harmful when used outside such an environment", but his cellmate insisted the moral was to not piss off people who work in airports.
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