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« Reply #15 on: April 07, 2008, 01:09:39 PM »
Yes, that is right. I liked Anansi Boys, but have not read American Gods so cannot compare the two. I think the tone is very much influenced by the main characters, since they are based on African trickster myths.

I thought it was entertaining. There is something about Neil Gaiman that is very simplistic to me, as if he writes for junior high students on some level. It doesn't mean I don't like him--I do quite a lot. It's just something I've noticed, where when reading his work I often get the feeling I am reading a story aimed at someone younger than myself, although I don't think that's his intent most of the time.
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« Reply #16 on: April 07, 2008, 01:14:48 PM »
From the limited bit of Neil Gaiman that I read (Stardust and Good Omens), I do get a similar impression.

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« Reply #17 on: April 07, 2008, 02:13:36 PM »
This is going to be the first fiction-book I'll read after I finish The Shadow Rising (part 4 of the WoT series) by Robert Jordan.

Ape and I watched about 3 minutes of the film and were both immediately thinking the same: "this looks like it's going to be a bad movie". So we turned it off and watched the Atonement instead (pretty good by the way) :P

From what I heard about the books though they sound like something I might like, so I am really looking forward to reading it ^^

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« Reply #18 on: April 07, 2008, 02:17:30 PM »
American Gods is not a children's book, or simple, or fairy tale-esque. It has some very interesting themes. It was the first one of his that I read, and it led me to Coraline, which was only ever supposed to be a chidren's book (and it's creepy), Neverwhere, which was an adventure tale, and Stardust, which was, well, a movie pitch. I had heard that Anasi's Boys just wasn't very good. Even the summary didn't call to me; I don't think I'll read it.

Good Omens is funny and silly and comical, but it's not particularly complex. I liked it a lot but it's a puff piece. Nothing wrong with a puff piece but there's not a lot to say about it. It makes obvious points in delightful ways.

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« Reply #19 on: April 07, 2008, 04:40:30 PM »
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Good Omens is funny and silly and comical, but it's not particularly complex. I liked it a lot but it's a puff piece. Nothing wrong with a puff piece but there's not a lot to say about it. It makes obvious points in delightful ways.

Anansi Boys is the same way. It's simple, comical and enjoyable to that extent but what Gaiman has to say about family dynamics therein is nothing anyone hasn't heard a hundred times before.
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« Reply #20 on: April 11, 2008, 02:25:19 PM »
Star Dust is a long fairy-tale. Disappointing to me, since I read it after American Gods and Coraline which got me started on Gaiman the writer. I kept waiting for heavy weirdness, but it didn't happen.
 Much more of a children's book than Coraline which reads like a nightmare.
 Wolves in the Walls is far more children friendly - but perhaps a bit to tame.

American Gods - well, if you have your mythology (especially Norse) online, it is a good ride. Good, old Wednesday stranded in America with no ale and no blonds :)
Better than Anasai Boys imho which got a little tedious with the family issues.
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« Reply #21 on: April 11, 2008, 03:07:26 PM »
When they offer to take Coraline's eyes and sew buttons on her face... I was listening to the book on audio and I shut the radio off for a minute.

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« Reply #22 on: April 24, 2008, 12:56:04 PM »
Stardust: Loved the book but didn't think much of the film.
Neverwhere: Like reading a really crappy B-movie. That was a first for me.
American Gods: It had some really good moments, like the old man who lived by the frozen lake. Like a cruel greek tragedy at it's best.
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Good Omens: Sure, it might be a simple piece, but so was the Hitchhikers Guide, and they both made me laugh my ass off!
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Re: Neil Gaiman - Stardust (1999)
« Reply #23 on: April 25, 2008, 08:22:22 AM »
I am starting this book in about 10 minutes. It'd better be good guys ;)

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Re: Neil Gaiman - Stardust (1999)
« Reply #24 on: April 25, 2008, 10:42:20 AM »
American Gods is so much better than Stardust :P

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Re: Neil Gaiman - Stardust (1999)
« Reply #25 on: April 27, 2008, 04:58:15 AM »
American Gods is so much better than Stardust :P

Well, I don't have that one on my iPod yet, so I haardly had any choice :P

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Re: Neil Gaiman - Stardust (1999)
« Reply #26 on: May 03, 2008, 07:50:16 AM »
The movie is not as bad everywhere as in the first five minutes, there's some very good moments in fact, but there's also a lot of fail and bad acting.

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Re: Neil Gaiman - Stardust (1999)
« Reply #27 on: May 07, 2008, 06:26:40 AM »
After I finished the book I still watched the movie and I actually think one part is better in the movie than in the book :P I had not expected that. I am talking about the ship-part, with the captain and stuff. That was brilliant xD

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Re: Neil Gaiman - Stardust (1999)
« Reply #28 on: May 07, 2008, 07:12:56 AM »
The movie is not as bad everywhere as in the first five minutes, there's some very good moments in fact, but there's also a lot of fail and bad acting.

I liked it a lot.  So thhpptt to you all. 

Haven't read the book, but have read Anansi Boys, American Gods and Good Omens....all really good.
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Re: Neil Gaiman - Stardust (1999)
« Reply #29 on: May 07, 2008, 08:08:25 AM »
Anansi Boys, Good Omens, Neverwhere & American Gods. I greatly enjoyed them all.

 

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