Required Reading

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

This book has an interesting premise regarding godhood.    Forbidden Planet was the earliest science fiction movie I can recall.  I  saved Quaker Oats coupons to get a free ticket.  Succinctly the villain in the movie is the physical manifestations of the thoughts and fears of the characters in the movie.  In other  words, what they thought or feared became real.  American Gods are gods who have been created by their believers.   The old gods came from the old country.  The new gods are those created by what is currently worshipped such as technology or beauty.   The premise of the book is the conflict between the old gods and the new gods.

Shadow is the main protagonist who is ignorant of his conceptional roots.   He is taciturn, large and strong.  He faces many changes and makes many strange friends.   Shadow finds himself being manipulated not only  by those he loves but some he doesn't even realize exists.

The book questions the underpinnings of faith and what leads to worship.  The plot is intricate and occasionally confusing.  You often find yourself wondering where am I and what is Gaiman trying to say. 

The book is worth reading and if you are not a fan, I suggest continuing to read anyway as you may become a fan.  The book is a re-release possibly because it is now being produced as a TV series. 

I recommend the book.


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