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YMMV: American Gods
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The cutaway chapters. Did we really need to know about the Man-eating hooker goddess and the Ifrit and the taxi driver? Don't forget Laura applying for a Job literally Just for Pun.
  • Genius Bonus: Anyone who knows the origins of the names of the days of the week (etc. "Friday is Freyja's day") can figure out Mr. Wednesday's real identity pretty quickly.
    • Not only that, but in general the more mythology you know the more you will get. In a book that explicitly contains Norse gods it would be unusual for there to be two redheads with scarred lips, eh?
    • Hinzelmann is based on the legend of a kobold named Heinzelmann, who's true form was of a small child with two swords impaled in his body. Also, it was said that if he was ever chased out of his house, evil luck would follow. In the end, it's implied without Hinzelmann alive the town of Lakeside will no longer be the idyllic, slice-of-heaven town it is now.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Even Shadow feels a little sorry for the Technical Boy in the Hell Hotel.
  • Narm: In the 10th-anniversary edition audiobook version of American Gods, Mad Sweeney's Final Speech is ruined for Jewish viewers because the way he pronounces "boobies" is identical to the Yiddish bubby, or grandmother. What kind of fortune letter would let an old drunken leprechaun play with her grandmothers? Perhaps he just really wanted some Christmas Cake...
  • Nightmare Fuel: Hinzelmann. The story of the tribe that creates its own god from a murdered child, who in turn, a few thousand years later, settles down in Lakeside and kills another child each year.
  • Squick: Many examples: a man eaten by a vagina, the man-eating goddess being ground into a bloody smear by a limousine, almost any scene in the last half of the book involving Laura...
    • Media taking over Lucille Ball's image on an episode of I Love Lucy and offering to show Shadow Lucy's breasts. Thankfully, Shadow turns the television off before she can do it.
    • Wednesday getting half his head blown off. Followed by instant replay!
  • The Woobie: Poor Shadow doesn't catch a break throughout.

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