History Literature / AmericanGods

13th Nov '16 10:11:23 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* AllMythsAreTrue: No, seriously, ''all'' of them (except Myth/PaulBunyan and similar manufactured legends).

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* AllMythsAreTrue: No, seriously, ''all'' of them (except Myth/PaulBunyan and similar manufactured legends). This includes cultural heroes based on real people; Johnny Appleseed is hanging around in one scene, but he isn't the same person as John Chapman.
13th Nov '16 10:01:57 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* DyingCurse: [[spoiler: Bilquis lays one on Technical Boy when he kills her. [[TakeOurWordForIt We never get the specifics, but it's apparently pretty awful.]] In the Hotel at the Center of America, he can be seen suffering from it.]]

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* DyingCurse: [[spoiler: Bilquis lays one on Technical Boy when he kills her. [[TakeOurWordForIt We never get the specifics, but it's apparently pretty awful.]] In the Hotel at the Center of America, he can be seen suffering from it.it, although this could just be withdrawal due to it being a dead zone with no wifi or cell signal.]]
5th Oct '16 7:21:53 AM Glim
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* AttractiveZombie: Laura, until she rots severely by the end.
1st Oct '16 1:25:43 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* 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. It isn't completely cut and dried however; they simultaneously had fully consensual sex in his dreamscape, which is a very real mystical dimension the gods can access and that he is fully conscious inside of. Shadow himself notes the scratches as little more than proof that their one night stand really happened.

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* 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. It isn't completely cut and dried however; they simultaneously had fully consensual sex in his dreamscape, which is a very real mystical dimension the gods can access and that he is fully conscious inside of.of (he was not aware of this at the time). Shadow himself notes the scratches as little more than proof that their one night stand really happened.
1st Oct '16 1:14:55 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* 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.

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* 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. It isn't completely cut and dried however; they simultaneously had fully consensual sex in his dreamscape, which is a very real mystical dimension the gods can access and that he is fully conscious inside of. Shadow himself notes the scratches as little more than proof that their one night stand really happened.



* TheWorldTree: The Norse version, more or less

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* TheWorldTree: The Norse version, more or lessless.
3rd Sep '16 6:08:23 AM narm00
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Shadow's own story is continued in two novellas: ''Monarch of the Glenn'' (collected in ''Fragile Things'') and ''Black Dog'' (published in ''Trigger Warning''). Gaiman has said there is at least one more novella in Shadow's future and that if he "survives that" he'll make a [[SequelHook return to America]]

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Shadow's own story is continued in two novellas: ''Monarch ''The Monarch of the Glenn'' Glen'' (collected in ''Fragile Things'') and ''Black Dog'' (published in ''Trigger Warning''). Gaiman has said there is at least one more novella in Shadow's future and that if he "survives that" he'll make a [[SequelHook return to America]]
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]].
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