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I hate it when an author throws in everything but the kitchen sink to make sure he has something there to satisfy everyone's taste.
And please, don't use sex to move the plot along. That's something Diana Gabaldon needs to hear.
Yes, the plot was weak and it kind of came crashing to an end..
I did like the characters though. It was interesting seeing those mythological beings in a modern world-view.
And - where is the sex (as in sexual intercourse) in American Gods? Or is my memory straying?
While I don't feel AG had a sex driven plot, I'm not one to turn up my nose at a book that does. But then I'm a horny old dawgette. :)
But then I simply love everything Gaiman has written. And American Gods to me wasn't about a good plot, but about the gods. I love mythology, legends and fairy tales, and I think you probably get more out of his books if you have an interest and a basic knowledge in those things.
I rather felt the same. I liked the idea of the gods roaming the world but didn't think it was spectacularly written. It was an average read.
>And please, don't use sex to move the plot along. That's something Diana Gabaldon needs to hear.
In that particular case, it is a romance novel. Reading a romance novel and expecting to not have at least a bit of a sex driven plot is like reading a cookbook and expecting it to not have any recipes.
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I might give Anansi Boys a try though....I'm always game for something new.
Neil Gaiman is a comic book writer and can't do anything better. His stuff is shallow and episodic. I have yet to read a decent book by him and I have read 3 or 4. He also ruined Good Omens the book he co-wrote with Terry Pratchett.
American Gods is the last book of his that I will try.
Conversely, he is a great public speaker, very funny and engaging. Love to listen to him, but his books are IMO only good for kindling. Other's mileage may vary.
Some months ago I was reading an issue of Eternals and I came to realize that his characters have this tendency to talk the same.
I find it interesting that you feel he "ruined" Good Omens. Inevitably, any time two authors share writing duties, the fans of one get on the case of the other. My question to you is this: Can you really distinguish which author wrote which parts of the book to enough of an extent to state that one of them bears the responsibility of ruining said book? Please don't get me wrong; I'm not trying to be argumentative. I truly am curious, because I can very rarely tell beyond the scope of a few lines here and there who wrote what.
I take great exception to your statement:
"Neil Gaiman is a comic book writer and can't do anything better."
So you're saying comic books are trash and straight fiction is necessarily of higher quality. It is incredibly short sighted and petty of you to write off and entire literary genre. Actually, comics are not even a genre, but just a slightly different way of telling stories. They encompass as wide a variety of genres and distinct literary styles as traditional novels. I think you'll find that while there are still Archie and Superman comics, if you bothered to read some modern comic books you will find quality and something for every taste.
Now, I am a big fan of Gaiman's and American Gods as well as his other works. So I'd like to address your problems. Besides unsupported insults your only specific criticisms are that his writing is episodic and shallow. I do agree with other posters that Gaiman's true calling is writing short stories. However, when most people criticism's something as being episodic they mean that it has no novel spanning plot or over arching themes. While American Gods includes sections not directly about the main character, they are all in service to a main plot involving the state of ancient Gods in American and reinforce the major themes. And as for shallow, these major themes and motifs include such lightweight fare as what makes a hero, the relationship of fathers and sons, the meaning of death, the conflict between classical and modern values, and cultural identity in a country of immigrants. And he doesn't take the easy road of making even traditionally "evil" and "good" gods wholly good or evil.
Anassi Boys Shows this particularily well.