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Brief Review of American Gods

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My Take on American Gods

Unless you’ve been visiting another planet, I’m sure you’ve heard that American Gods had high ratings. Tonight, the second episode airs. If you didn’t see last week’s episode, I’d suggest that you catch up. Judging by the first episode, I think this one is a winner. I’d say all the accolades are deserved.

I’ve been looking forward to TV series for a long time. It has been promoted endlessly. I’ve often put articles in my Geek News about it. Sometimes I get worried when books I love or like move to TV or film. If they are endlessly promoted, as American Gods has been, I worry and prepare myself to be disappointed.

Last week’s episode wasn’t a disappointment. I haven’t read the book in years, but the first airing followed the story I remember. The casting is excellent. The script was good. And, the acting above average. If you like Neil Gaiman’s weirdness, which I do, you’ll probably enjoy the series. I was happy and relieved. I’m looking forward to the second episode.

For those who have read the book, you won’t be disappointed. For those purest out there, yes, there were things added and missing from the story. Since I don’t remember everything about the book, I wasn’t bothered, but you are warned. For me there was nothing egregious.

If you haven’t read the book, no worries, you’ll probably like the show.

The violence is graphic and there’s lots of blood, sometimes so over the top that my mind started thinking about special effects rather than engagement with the story. I do better with violence in books than I do watching in on TV or in the theater, so I was fine.

A heads-up for parents, the book and the series aren’t for young children.

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