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lilBuddha
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I LOVED the book and now it is on television. The first episode was brilliant, staying fairly true to the book.
It is a blend of mythos, fantasy and the modern world centring around Shadow(Ricky Whittle), a prisoner released a few days early to attend the funeral of his wife. One the way to the funeral, he meets the enigmatic Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) who wishes to hire him for a loosely defined, mysterious position.
That is within the first ten minutes, so no spoiler.
The production is dark and lovely, though not safe for the wee ones or the puritanical, and promises to stay that way.

I am excited, but cautiously. It will take three series to complete the book. The author, Neil Gaimen is involved but is on board with expansion even within the original story. And Starz (US) plans to take the story further.

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tessaB
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I am loving it. McShane is wonderful.

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Nick Tamen

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I haven't watched any of it, but I may give it a try. I have to admit, though, that I gave up on the book. That surprised me a little, because it's the kind of story I usually like, and I've enjoyed some of Neil Gaiman's other works. But I just couldn't get into it.

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jedijudy

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Copied from the duplicate thread:

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Originally posted by Dafyd:
Is anybody else watching this?

The title sequence is good. The same people are apparently responsible for some other memorable title sequences I've liked.

It's a bit slow. They're trying to stretch out one novel over several series, but it's still a bit slow. Mind you the slowness is generally weird rather than just padding. As it's the sort of story where the weirdness is the point I don't think that hurts it too much.

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Brenda Clough
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I haven't caught this on TV (I need to see HANDMAID'S TALE first) but am reliably informed that if you are not familiar with the novel you'll be lost.

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lilBuddha
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quote:
Originally posted by Brenda Clough:
I haven't caught this on TV (I need to see HANDMAID'S TALE first) but am reliably informed that if you are not familiar with the novel you'll be lost.

I don't think that is fair. If you read the novel, you are no more in the know at the same point. People are used to telly which tells them nearly everything from the starts.
This show proceeds like a book

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Dafyd
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quote:
Originally posted by Dafyd:
Is anybody else watching this?


Oops. Sorry.

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Dafyd
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quote:
Originally posted by Brenda Clough:
I haven't caught this on TV but am reliably informed that if you are not familiar with the novel you'll be lost.

I have read the book so I can't comment. It was a while ago, although I remember the main outlines.

One major character has a glass eye. I think there may have been a line of dialogue to establish that, but the actor doesn't, and I don't think the special effects do anything to establish it either. This is a pity because knowing the character has only one eye is a great help in working out what is going on.

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Firenze

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There is some very good commentary on the series on Tom and Lorenzo Fabulous and Opinionated* - example here - you can find more by entering 'American Gods' in the site search.

*everyone should follow T&Lo in any case.

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jedijudy

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quote:
Originally posted by Dafyd:
Oops. Sorry.

No worries!

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lilBuddha
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quote:
Originally posted by Dafyd:
quote:
Originally posted by Brenda Clough:
I haven't caught this on TV but am reliably informed that if you are not familiar with the novel you'll be lost.

I have read the book so I can't comment. It was a while ago, although I remember the main outlines.

One major character has a glass eye. I think there may have been a line of dialogue to establish that, but the actor doesn't, and I don't think the special effects do anything to establish it either. This is a pity because knowing the character has only one eye is a great help in working out what is going on.

I would say that there are enough clues, especially for the more culturally literate, but we are used to being spoon fed.

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So goodnight moon, I want the sun
If it's not here soon, I might be done
No it won't be too soon 'til I say goodnight moon

- A. N. Parsley, D. Mcvinni

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Kitten
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I'll need to wait until it's released on DVD, I don't really want to sign up to Amazon. I loved the book

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I watched several episodes before my subscription came up for renewal and I decided to spend the cash elsewhere. I've not read the book (though Neil Gaiman is an author I'm fond of). I think I got the references about Mr Wednesday, but perhaps that's down to having read about (probably) his mythology elsewhere.

It was enjoyable. I may well put American Gods on my nursing home list of things I always meant to watch along with The West Wing, 24 and Lost. Perhaps I'll get the audiobook while I'm still jogging.

Cattyish, fantasy fiction fan.

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VirginiaKneeling
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I watched all 8 episodes. Haven't read the book, but I plan to before next season. I got a little confused at times but the website io9.com straightened me out (I checked it on Mondays after watching the Sunday night episode.) I absolutely LOVED the show! I can't wait for the second season!

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