I knew about the pieces relating to Mr. Wednesday (and Low-Key Liesmith)...
But I'm pretty sure Mr. Wednesday just admitted to being involved with Laura's death
After apologizing for Laura's death/Shadow's loss:
"The man shook his head. "If it could have been any other way," he said, and sighed." - pg. 29
I decided it was about time to pick up a new edition of American Gods. My copy being an old, well worn, well loved, and well traveled paperback version. I don't know if it was a first edition (I don't recall if there was a hardcover first edition or not, this was over 15 years ago), but if not a first edition, it was definitely an early run.
(Quick aside: I apologize for anything here that's duplicated in my wrap up post for the book, b/c I'm pretty sure some will be).
My mom and I were Gaiman fans from Neverwhere and Good Omens. There a handful of books that stand out as profound reads from my adolescent years. The Cider House Rules by John Irving, a whole slew of books by Sheri S. Tepper, and American Gods stand out quite prominently among those.
American Gods perhaps stands out to me in some ways due to my complicated relationship with religion. I'm fascinated by mythologies and fables, and actively study them whenever the opportunity arises. Religion on the other hand... I'm not quite a full on atheist, but agnostic doesn't quite seem right (though it's probably the best fit). I'm interested in systems of belief, and even drawn to spirituality, but find no resonance with any system beyond literary enthrallment. And I'm not looking for saving, my journey away from the church began when I was very young, scattered memories from when I was younger than 5 where the seeds of confusion and doubt were sown by the very man that tried to raise me in the church. I could never understand how people who were raised to believe their god was the one true god could be condemned to hell because it was a different god than I was taught in. Also, my dad informing me my mom was going to hell had some pretty strong repercussions in my toddler's formation of faith.
As a teen I was active, imaginative, and prone to deep and often destructive depression. The dark fantasy and overall darkness of the novel appealed strongly to me.
When I say my copy is well traveled, I mean it. I lent it to college friends who then mailed it back to me when done. This is on top of my numerous re-reads and the fact that I nearly always have a book with me.
When Anasazi Boys came out I was so excited at a sequel to American Gods that the actual reading was a confused let down. It actually took significant deliberate separation of the two books (and some time) to enjoy Anasazi Boys in it's own right. At times I might actually enjoy it more than American Gods, but the types of stories they tell are so different to me it's like apples and oranges.
I've actually never read the 10th anniversary author's preferred text edition. And man, it's a pretty impressive paperback. I'm interested to see what I remember and what pops out as new.
And yes, I'm dying with anticipation about the upcoming series. Every trailer I've seen indicates that regardless of changes they're treating the concepts and series with respect to the inspiration, and they look amazing. Thankfully, since I no longer have the fancy pants cable package as part of my monthly rent, I have a friend with Stars account so I'll be able to watch it before it comes out on DVD.
Gaiman has put together a lovely little introduction to Norse mythology in this collection of cleanly written tales. The narrative voice is one that you could imagine belonging to a storyteller, sharing stories. Some of my favorite myths are found in these pages, and several I had not yet read. Overall the selection reads like a continuing story, rather than simply a collection of individual stories. An enjoyable read for both those new to and familiar with Norse mythology.
Advance Reader Copy courtesy of W. W. Norton & Company via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review; changes may exist between galley and the final edition.
Now, usually I do try to write my own synopsis. But really in this case Image nailed it.
Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. The team behind critically thermonuclear floor-fillers Young Avengers and PHONOGRAM reunite to start a new ongoing superhero fantasy. Welcome to THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, where gods are the ultimate pop stars. But remember: just because you’re immortal, doesn’t mean you’re going to live forever.
I don't know why I waited so long to read The Wicked + The Divine, and there's really no excuse, my library owns the first two volumes and even if we didn't I could have requested them through inter-library loan.
The Wicked + The Divine is a vibrant and engaging rock and roll journey through dreams, aspirations, lust, murder, and celebrity. Whether you believe they are gods or not, whether they actually perform miracles, they burn hard and bright and the world cannot take their eyes off them.
Laura is a devout fan who manages to get close by catching Lucifer's attention, and is drawn in deeper as Lucifer is incarcerated for murder while the pantheon does nothing. Along with a skeptical journalist, Cassandra, Laura is drawn deeper into a complex story played out in the shadows while the gods burn brightly for the public.
Laura makes for a fantastic lead, self-aware, caring, devout, witty, and biting.
"I'd appreciate it if you could at least be creepy in a way I could understand."
After the Persephone incident I'm not sure where the story will go, who the story will gravitate around the most. And there is so much more to tell in this story.
The incarnation of Lucifer is brilliant, I want more of her even if that clearly won't happen. Luci to me remains the most defined (and most defiant) of the pantheon, and ensnared my interest from the start.
Excellent read with gorgeous and vibrant art. I cannot wait for the next installment.