History Literature / AmericanGods

4th Aug '16 1:18:53 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* ALoadOfBull: As well as several briefly-mentioned minotaurs, we have "the buffalo man," who seems to be an AnthropomorphicPersonification of America itself.

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* ALoadOfBull: As well as several briefly-mentioned minotaurs, we have "the buffalo man," who seems to be an AnthropomorphicPersonification of America itself."the land" -- meaning he's the spirit of Earth, and probably the closest thing the setting has to a TopGod.
30th Jul '16 3:15:45 PM nombretomado
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** When Shadow needs to fall asleep, he reads the most boring thing he can find: a pile of old Readers Digests. He reads an article called "[[{{Literature/FightClub}} I Am John's Pancreas]]"
** Two of the towns Shadow passes through on the way to Cairo are Normal Ohio[[note]]the eponymous setting of a short-lived sitcom starring John Goodman[[/note]] and [[{{Daria}} Lawndale]][[note]]this last may or may not count, though. There really is a place called Lawndale in Ohio, but it's just a suburb of Akron. Also, WordOfGod says the one in ''Daria'' is supposed to be in Maryland, but this was in an interview that came out after the book was written.[[/note]]

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** When Shadow needs to fall asleep, he reads the most boring thing he can find: a pile of old Readers Digests. He reads an article called "[[{{Literature/FightClub}} "[[Literature/FightClub I Am John's Pancreas]]"
** Two of the towns Shadow passes through on the way to Cairo are Normal Ohio[[note]]the eponymous setting of a short-lived sitcom starring John Goodman[[/note]] and [[{{Daria}} [[WesternAnimation/{{Daria}} Lawndale]][[note]]this last may or may not count, though. There really is a place called Lawndale in Ohio, but it's just a suburb of Akron. Also, WordOfGod says the one in ''Daria'' is supposed to be in Maryland, but this was in an interview that came out after the book was written.[[/note]]
23rd Jul '16 9:29:10 AM zarpaulus
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* RegularlyScheduledEvil: In Lakeside, Shadow discovers that the disappearance of teenagers over the course of several years are actually sacrifices to Heinzelmann, one of the old gods. Not even the people in the town know about [[TownWithADarkSecret the dark secret]].

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* RegularlyScheduledEvil: In Lakeside, Shadow discovers that the disappearance of teenagers over the course of several years are actually [[spoiler: sacrifices to Heinzelmann, one of the old gods. gods.]] Not even the people in the town know about [[TownWithADarkSecret the dark secret]].
22nd Jul '16 6:19:02 PM BigJaredMonkey
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* RegularlyScheduledEvil: In Lakeside, Shadow discovers that the disappearance of teenagers over the course of several years are actually sacrifices to Heinzelmann, one of the old gods. Not even the people in the town know about [[TownWithADarkSecret the dark secret]].
18th Jul '16 7:23:40 AM corruptmalemenace
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* TheUnreveal: There's a recurring god (apparently a god of wealth) about whom Shadow can [[LaserGuidedAmnesia never remember anything]] beyond a vague impression. Shadow is told his name more than once, but he always forgets it immediately and the reader never gets to hear it. In the end, despite various hints, his identity never does actually get made clear (including, thus far, by WordOfGod). Naturally, there are [[WildMassGuessing popular guesses]] including [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Pluto]], [[Myth/HinduMythology Budha Mercury]], [[Myth/CelticMythology the Horned God]] and {{Satan]}.

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* TheUnreveal: There's a recurring god (apparently a god of wealth) about whom Shadow can [[LaserGuidedAmnesia never remember anything]] beyond a vague impression. Shadow is told his name more than once, but he always forgets it immediately and the reader never gets to hear it. In the end, despite various hints, his identity never does actually get made clear (including, thus far, by WordOfGod). Naturally, there are [[WildMassGuessing popular guesses]] including [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Pluto]], [[Myth/HinduMythology Budha Mercury]], [[Myth/CelticMythology the Horned God]] and {{Satan]}.{{Satan}}.
18th Jul '16 7:23:14 AM corruptmalemenace
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* TheUnreveal: There's a recurring god (apparently a god of wealth) about whom Shadow can [[LaserGuidedAmnesia never remember anything]] beyond a vague impression. Shadow is told his name more than once, but he always forgets it immediately and the reader never gets to hear it. In the end, despite various hints, his identity never does actually get made clear (including, thus far, by WordOfGod). Naturally, there are [[WildMassGuessing popular guesses]] including [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Pluto]], [[Myth/HinduMythology Budha Mercury]], [[Myth/CelticMythology the Horned God]] and {{Satan]}.
18th Jul '16 7:09:37 AM corruptmalemenace
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** The mad-eyed hawk Shadow sees briefly in Cairo. [[spoiler: It is, of course, the Egyptian deity Horus, and it's the one who finds him on the tree and brings Easter to him.]]



* DoubleStandardRapeDivineOnMortal: Wednesday uses magic to charm girls into having sex with him. This ''does'' make Shadow uncomfortable (especially when he finds out [[spoiler: that he is the ChildByRape of one such girl]]), and Wednesday ''is'' eventually [[spoiler: regarded as an out-and-out villain]], but it's not treated as any kind of MoralEventHorizon in the way you'd usually expect more mundane forms of sexual assault to be. Also, see below about Bast.
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: It's very strongly implied that the goddess Bast had sex with Shadow while he was ''asleep'' (and clawed him up a bunch in the process, because she's part cat). The fact that performing sex acts on a sleeping person is illegal is never brought up, Bast is not treated as a villain, and even when he works out what happened Shadow doesn't seem to particularly mind having been molested by a cat while unconscious. The whole thing is treated as far less of a problem than Wednesday's male-on-female equivalent crimes.



** Misdirection is a running theme (Shadow's coin tricks, Wednesday's cons, all the talk about crooked games, etc). Of course it turns out that Wednesday (and the book itself) have been misdirecting everyone the whole time.



** From the scraps of description we get of Mr Town (the second-highest ranking member of the Spookshow and a walking incarnation of conspiracy theory lore), he sounds an awful lot like the [[Series/TheXFiles Cigarette-Smoking Man]].



* StealthPun: Shadow is the book's protagonist, and one of the most morally 'good' characters present. He's TheHero, in other words. Mythologically speaking, what does 'Hero' usually imply? [[spoiler: He's the half-mortal son of a god]].



%%* UndeathAlwaysEnds

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%%* UndeathAlwaysEnds* UndeathAlwaysEnds: Laura is brought back from the dead by a magic coin, but she's still gradually decaying and it's a inor plot point that she will continue to fall apart until restored to either either full life or full death. [[spoiler: In the end, she accepts the latter]].


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* VaguenessIsComing: Several characters warn about a coming storm or similar, without elaborating. The first of these, oddly, is an in-mate in prison with Shadow with the unlikely name of Sam Fetisher, who never gets mentioned again. [[EpilepticTrees There is probably some sort of significance to this]].


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** "Shadow found that he was completely unsurprised when he recognized the man who dances with her. He had not changed that much in thirty-three years." [[spoiler: "Her" is Shadow's mother. "He" is Wednesday.]]
15th Jul '16 12:23:44 PM Eagal
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* AmericanTitle

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* AmericanTitleAmericanTitle: ''American'' Gods. Of the sort that only describes a nationality.



* BrokenBird: Marguerite Olsen.

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* %%* BrokenBird: Marguerite Olsen.



* LouisCypher: Low-Key Lyesmith = [[spoiler: Loki Lie-Smith]]

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* LouisCypher: Low-Key Lyesmith = [[spoiler: Loki Lie-Smith]]Lie-Smith]].



* NeedleInAStackOfNeedles

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* %%* NeedleInAStackOfNeedles



* PlayingBothSides[=/=]RunningBothSides: [[spoiler: Wednesday and Loki are manipulating both the old and new Gods so they can draw power from the inevitable battle.]]

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* PlayingBothSides[=/=]RunningBothSides: PlayingBothSides: [[spoiler: Wednesday and Loki are manipulating both the old and new Gods so they can draw power from the inevitable battle.]]



* ResurrectedRomance

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* %%* ResurrectedRomance



* UnfazedEveryman (or UnluckyEverydude): Shadow

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* UnfazedEveryman (or UnluckyEverydude): UnfazedEveryman: Shadow



* UrbanFantasy

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* %%* UrbanFantasy



17th Jun '16 8:10:58 PM zarpaulus
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* JediMindTrick: Wednesday claims to know a couple charms that work like this, he mostly uses them to [[ThePornomancer get laid]]. While helping with one of Wednesday's cons Shadow actually wills a police officer into believing his story. [[spoiler: And in the epilogue Shadow not only talks down a suicidal man, but alters his memories as well.]]
27th Apr '16 9:53:03 AM Opunaesala
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* AluminumChristmasTrees: The House on the Rock is a real place in southern Wisconsin and is, if anything, even weirder then described in the book.

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* AluminumChristmasTrees: The House on the Rock is a real place in southern Wisconsin and is, if anything, even weirder then than described in the book.
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