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Old 4th Sep 2003, 17:28   #21
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Pootling about, I came across Neil Gaiman's homepage and this page of links, explaining where he got his research for American Gods from.
http://www.neilgaiman.com/links/links.asp and also this page of reviews http://www.neilgaiman.com/books/amgods_news.asp
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I shall try to track down a copy of ancient evenings then - sounds great

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I have always liked Gaiman's comic books (i still have a few autographed ones at home), although in my mind he does tend to lean towards overindulgence in his mythical back-stories.

I was expecting a 'bubble-gum' type of novel, enjoyable distraction, but little else. I think that what the novel actually turned out as was something less than that, in as much as it didn't hold my interest long enough for me to finish it (and I've soldiered on through some very poor novels, I can tell you). Maybe I just had other books I wanted to read more at the time. It felt very much like a Clive Barker book (Damnation Game / Cabal / etc), but the Barkers that I've read I've always finished.

I only managed to get halfway through the book, where it seemed to just run out of steam.

I guess that says it all, really.
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A related comment, a good friend of mine (the one who introduced me to Mononoke) has just been back to visit his family in the states - and he went to The House on the Rock

So after I have seen the pictures next week I will no longer have to imagine it! Apparently it is even weirder that NG describes, as he doesnt mention everything

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Well I have seen the pictures now, and The House on the Rock is even wierder than NG descibes ....

Hopefully I will be able to post pictures at somepoint

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Here's a few I found:

Angels:


the 'Infinity Room':


Creatures on the Carousel:


The House itself can be seen here (big pic).
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As yet I havent been sent the picture, so I cant post any yet - Ryan took a better picture of the infinity room though

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Default Re: Book number 3 - AMERICAN GODS - discussion

I know it's a bit late. I was missing when y'all did this one, but I feel the need to add my jaundiced view of American Gods. It read with the superficial slickness of a Stephen King thriller, the characterisation was deplorable, the plot a real gobstopper of a thing, impossible to swallow, though quite palatable in places.

Nothing hung together properly in the sense of plot development. Shadow undertakes an odyssey around America, accompanied by various unlikely characters. Shadow hides successfully in a small town. Shadow attends a sort of meeting of the Gods. Shadow understands even less of what's going on than I did, which is saying something. Oh, did I get them in the wrong order? Never mind. Makes no difference.

The Grand Finale is a damp squib; the plot, having nowhere to go, fizzles out. It has some of the characteristics of the dismal procession that ends Flaubert's Temptation of St Anthony, another book I shall not be re-reading. I expected a great deal more of this doorstop of a novel.

As to the arousal of emotions, it did none of that. I remained as unmoved as the Rock upon which the House is built.

And I append a less generous view of the House on the Rock... http://www.roadsideamerica.com/attract/WISPRhouse.html

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