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David Allen Perrin
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Posted: 01 May 2017 at 9:08am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Never read the novel.  But the debut episode has me intrigued.  

This one might be the true Sunday night replacement for Game Of Thrones once it bows out.  Westworld is good, but it rarely left me with serious "Oh SHIT!" moments.  American Gods seems to be loading up those moments into the bomb bay and is preparing to drop them in a season long saturation campaign.

Anyone else onboard? 




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Steve De Young
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Posted: 01 May 2017 at 9:56am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

I haven't gotten to watch the first episode yet, though I've read the novel.  I'm going to give it a shot, but after the bad experience of Leftovers, I'm not getting too excited just yet.
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Michael Roberts
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Posted: 01 May 2017 at 10:56am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

I'm planning to watch it, but I'm trying to finish a re-read of the novel before I
do so.
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Thom Price
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Posted: 01 May 2017 at 1:31pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

I've read the novel a few times (most recently, a few months back) and my reaction is always the same: it's more interesting for its ideas than its execution.  Gaiman introduced some intriguing characters and concepts, but as a whole the book just kind of meanders and sputters.

I thought the first episode was good and surprisingly faithful (except maybe for the over-the-top, stylized violence; that seems to come from Starz more than the source), but mostly I find myself wondering if someone else can bang this into a more cohesive and satisfying narrative.  Worked for GOT, at least; I've consistently found the show to be better than the novels.
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Joseph Greathouse
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Posted: 01 May 2017 at 2:15pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

I always felt the meandering narrative was intentional and telling of the "road trip" inspiration and theme of the novel.  Its part of the charm that I love in the book. Sputters is not a word I would use to describe the book.  But overall, I thought the execution was exactly what such a book should be.

Started to watch the first episode, but a lack of sleep over the weekend forced me to put it off.  My wife enjoyed it a great deal.
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William Costello
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Posted: 05 May 2017 at 2:33pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

I've read the book and I don't see how it can work as either a TV series or a movie. BUT, so far, the consensus is that it's a good, if challenging, series.
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Steve De Young
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Posted: 05 May 2017 at 7:21pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Well, I watched the first episode, and I'm in for the first season at least.  Definitely faithful.

Before it aired, I told my wife, "How on earth could they possible do that one scene on television...even on cable...?"

Lo and behold, they did that one scene on television.
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David Allen Perrin
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Posted: 09 May 2017 at 2:13am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Mr. Nancy's speech at the opening of the second episode had me ready to set fire to something.  A really impactful scene.  

Lots of dialog this time around.  But still lots of 'whoa' stuff going on.  

Gillian Anderson makes an amazing Lucile Ball (Ricardo).
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Thom Price
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Posted: 14 May 2017 at 6:53am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

I continue to be somewhat amazed at how faithful the adaptation this is turning out to be; episode two contained the second sequence ("Lucy's tits") that I never imaged would be filmed as-is.

I enjoyed the second episode more than the first; the presence of Gillian Anderson and Cloris Leachman helped.  I imagine the show, like the book, is going to be a series of trippy vignettes that don't amount to much, but I (more or less) enjoy the book for its strengths and weaknesses and my reaction is about the same to the series.
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David Allen Perrin
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Posted: 22 May 2017 at 3:44pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Another stellar episode.

I can imagine the God of Death doesn't like to be cheated out of his opportunity to do his duty.  
 


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Joe Zhang
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Posted: 23 May 2017 at 5:14am | IP Logged | 11 post reply

I've never read the book, but I really like this show. The tone is very similar to the Preacher T.V. show, which I also enjoy. Strange how I avoided Vertigo comics like the plague, but am drawn to the adaptations and spiritual descendants. 
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Thom Price
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Posted: 26 May 2017 at 7:23am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

I didn't like the fourth episode at all; in fact, turned it off halfway through out of boredom.  I suppose I'll give it another go but the show, like the book, isn't amounting to much.  I give it credit for being remarkably faithful, but to the source's flaws as well as its strengths.  Any hopes I had that the series would fill in some of the gaps are eroding.


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