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Posted: 5/1/2017 8:27:33 PM EST
[Last Edit: 5/2/2017 10:19:43 AM EST by nsw8148]
Just watched the first episode, and as hard as it would be to put the book into show format, I think they did a pretty damn good job.  Ian McShane is excellent as Mr Wednesday.

For those that don't know, it's the old gods versus the new.  Odin, Loki, Thoth, Anubis, Easter, and Czernobog are the old crew.  Mr. Technology, Mr World, and Media are the new.

Pretty cool book even if you don't like the show.


Link Posted: 5/1/2017 8:29:25 PM EST
Good imagination, good intent, but awfully written book.
Link Posted: 5/1/2017 8:29:57 PM EST
FPNI
Link Posted: 5/1/2017 8:31:43 PM EST
Caught the second half of the first episode tonight.


Fuckin' weird.


I'll watch more to see where this is going.
Link Posted: 5/1/2017 8:46:35 PM EST
Pretty big spoiler in that first post.
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Originally Posted By 5FeetHighAndRising:
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First was for the actual first post, the next three are for saying FPNI to your own post
Link Posted: 5/1/2017 10:57:44 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Clemson_John:
Pretty big spoiler in that first post.
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I bet the red wedding broke your heart.
Link Posted: 5/2/2017 12:29:00 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Clemson_John:
Pretty big spoiler in that first post.
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How so?
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Originally Posted By 5FeetHighAndRising:
Good imagination, good intent, but awfully written book.
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I do admit I had to struggle through reading it a long time ago, but I listened to an audiobook version of it recently and enjoyed it a lot more.
Link Posted: 5/2/2017 12:47:42 AM EST
I watched, Pretty good.

Reminded me of Preacher on AMC.
Link Posted: 5/2/2017 1:50:07 AM EST
I liked it.  I really enjoyed the book.
There are some changes, but it still holds up.
Link Posted: 5/2/2017 2:52:12 AM EST
I loved the book.
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Pretty big spoiler in that first post.
How so?
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Pretty big spoiler in that first post.
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Agree with the above and as I am re-reading the book now I will say that Shadow(and the reader)doesn't really know what's going on for awhile. The gradual unfolding of the characters and storyline are part of what makes it a good book.
Link Posted: 5/2/2017 7:06:30 AM EST
It's not every day you really need a 2X4 when having sex.
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Agree with the above and as I am re-reading the book now I will say that Shadow(and the reader)doesn't really know what's going on for awhile. The gradual unfolding of the characters and storyline are part of what makes it a good book.
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Originally Posted By Clemson_John:
Pretty big spoiler in that first post.
How so?
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Agree with the above and as I am re-reading the book now I will say that Shadow(and the reader)doesn't really know what's going on for awhile. The gradual unfolding of the characters and storyline are part of what makes it a good book.
Just read the book I thought it was obvious who Mr. Wednesday was from when he said well it is my day.
Link Posted: 5/2/2017 9:03:11 AM EST
I thought it was hilarious when that Viking got pin-cushioned in the opening scene. (The last arrow was a nice touch)

I spent the rest of the episode trying to figure out what the hell I was watching.
Link Posted: 5/2/2017 9:04:15 AM EST
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Originally Posted By markmars:
Just read the book I thought it was obvious who Mr. Wednesday was from when he said well it is my day.
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Originally Posted By nsw8148:
Originally Posted By Clemson_John:
Pretty big spoiler in that first post.
How so?
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Agree with the above and as I am re-reading the book now I will say that Shadow(and the reader)doesn't really know what's going on for awhile. The gradual unfolding of the characters and storyline are part of what makes it a good book.
Just read the book I thought it was obvious who Mr. Wednesday was from when he said well it is my day.
So, is he the devil? Who shredded the droogs? Does Wednesday have anything to do with the Viking lead-in?
Link Posted: 5/2/2017 9:06:25 AM EST
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Originally Posted By hardcorps1775:
So, is he the devil? Who shredded the droogs? Does Wednesday have anything to do with the Viking lead-in?
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What's the etymology of the word "Wednesday"?
Link Posted: 5/2/2017 9:17:23 AM EST
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Originally Posted By markmars:
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I doubt it's obvious at all to the average person. Outside of perhaps "Thursday", the names are pretty obscure. I'd expect you to get blank looks on the street asking who are Tyr, Woden and Frige.
Link Posted: 5/2/2017 9:19:31 AM EST
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Originally Posted By 1srelluc:
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hahahahaha
Link Posted: 5/2/2017 9:25:44 AM EST
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I believe that it's "Woden's Day" ; Odin's Day.
Link Posted: 5/2/2017 9:46:57 AM EST
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Originally Posted By markmars:


Just read the book I thought it was obvious who Mr. Wednesday was from when he said well it is my day.
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Well yea but 99.9% of the world doesn't associate Wednesday= Woden's Day= Odin. But more specifically you don't really understand the nuances of the war or what is happening to cause it.

ETA: about the show...I thought the beginning Viking landing scene was awesome and the dude that gets filled with arrows was funny in a macabre way.
Link Posted: 5/2/2017 10:08:40 AM EST
I don't have starz

Off to Kodi
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I thought it was hilarious when that Viking got pin-cushioned in the opening scene. (The last arrow was a nice touch)

I spent the rest of the episode trying to figure out what the hell I was watching.
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I'm in. Don't have a clue what's going on, but I'm in.
Link Posted: 5/2/2017 8:27:26 PM EST
Read the book years ago and thought it was great, like all of Gaiman's stuff.
Just watched the first episode tonight and they did an amazing job.
Link Posted: 5/2/2017 10:06:02 PM EST
Read the book a couple months ago after seeing a trailer for the show (in 2 days, 10th anniversary expanded edition).

Decent job on the first episode, but my wife does not like it at all.
Link Posted: 5/2/2017 10:28:56 PM EST
audiobook is on youtube. its 3 6hour parts. you can find the other 2 from the links. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIwaaklS4JE

youtube downloader is your friend. 
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I believe that it's "Woden's Day" ; Odin's Day.
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What's the etymology of the word "Wednesday"?
I believe that it's "Woden's Day" ; Odin's Day.
Wow!!! Very cool!
Link Posted: 5/7/2017 2:59:35 AM EST
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I doubt it's obvious at all to the average person. Outside of perhaps "Thursday", the names are pretty obscure. I'd expect you to get blank looks on the street asking who are Tyr, Woden and Frige.
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Originally Posted By markmars:
Just read the book I thought it was obvious who Mr. Wednesday was from when he said well it is my day.
I doubt it's obvious at all to the average person. Outside of perhaps "Thursday", the names are pretty obscure. I'd expect you to get blank looks on the street asking who are Tyr, Woden and Frige.
i hadn't even heard of the comic, but as soon as i read the chzracter was called mr wednesday i expected it.
Link Posted: 5/7/2017 9:14:13 AM EST
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Originally Posted By MEDIKEIGHTED:


i hadn't even heard of the comic, but as soon as i read the chzracter was called mr wednesday i expected it.
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I know exactly what you mean. I watched the movie "Friday" with Ice Cube, and went in assuming it would be about Odin's wife. Imagine my surprise.
Link Posted: 5/7/2017 9:17:49 AM EST
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Wow!!! Very cool!
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Originally Posted By Squatch:


What's the etymology of the word "Wednesday"?
I believe that it's "Woden's Day" ; Odin's Day.
Wow!!! Very cool!
If that blows your mind think about what meanings Thursday and Friday might have.
Link Posted: 5/7/2017 9:53:58 AM EST
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Originally Posted By NoStockBikes:
I know exactly what you mean. I watched the movie "Friday" with Ice Cube, and went in assuming it would be about Odin's wife. Imagine my surprise.
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i hadn't even heard of the comic, but as soon as i read the chzracter was called mr wednesday i expected it.
I know exactly what you mean. I watched the movie "Friday" with Ice Cube, and went in assuming it would be about Odin's wife. Imagine my surprise.
because a movie starring chris tucker and one of the guys from nwa is just as likely to involve norse or other mythology as a show called american gods and based on the work of a guy who writes comic books about mythology are really the same thing

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because a movie starring chris tucker and one of the guys from nwa is just as likely to involve norse or other mythology as a show called american gods and based on the work of a guy who writes comic books about mythology are really the same thing

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because a movie starring chris tucker and one of the guys from nwa is just as likely to involve norse or other mythology as a show called american gods and based on the work of a guy who writes comic books about mythology are really the same thing

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You just said you had never even heard of the comics, yet as soon as you heard the name "Mr. Wednesday" you immediately knew he was Odin. If it wasn't for this thread, God knows how long it would have taken me to figure it out (unless there was something in the first half of episode 1 that made it obvious)
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Is there going to be an MCU crossover thing???
Link Posted: 5/7/2017 8:07:12 PM EST
Wednesday comes from old English Wodensdag, for Wodin, or Odin.

For example, the Germanic god worshiped as Woden by the pagan ancestors of the Anglo-Saxons and ódhinn by the Norse (and usually known as Odin in Modern English)
Link Posted: 5/7/2017 9:05:17 PM EST
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Great point after that I am thinking more of an 8"x8" for my safety of course
Whom could not like someone named "Sailor Moon"
Link Posted: 5/8/2017 2:49:26 AM EST
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You just said you had never even heard of the comics, yet as soon as you heard the name "Mr. Wednesday" you immediately knew he was Odin. If it wasn't for this thread, God knows how long it would have taken me to figure it out (unless there was something in the first half of episode 1 that made it obvious)
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i hadn't heard of the comics (turns out it's a book, rather than a comic, mea culpa) but i'd heard of neil gaiman...i knew the tv show lucifer was based on his work and mistakenly attributed preacher to him as well. didn't really seem like much of a leap to make the connections
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Originally Posted By MEDIKEIGHTED:
i hadn't heard of the comics (turns out it's a book, rather than a comic, mea culpa) but i'd heard of neil gaiman...i knew the tv show lucifer was based on his work and mistakenly attributed preacher to him as well. didn't really seem like much of a leap to make the connections
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You just said you had never even heard of the comics, yet as soon as you heard the name "Mr. Wednesday" you immediately knew he was Odin. If it wasn't for this thread, God knows how long it would have taken me to figure it out (unless there was something in the first half of episode 1 that made it obvious)
i hadn't heard of the comics (turns out it's a book, rather than a comic, mea culpa) but i'd heard of neil gaiman...i knew the tv show lucifer was based on his work and mistakenly attributed preacher to him as well. didn't really seem like much of a leap to make the connections
Apparently it is a bit of a leap.

Google helps with that. 
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Just watched the second episode, I agree.  Theres a lot of subtle things about Wednesday like the one of his eyes being different and the raven flying overhead that give you hints about him.
Link Posted: 5/8/2017 8:29:27 AM EST
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Originally Posted By nsw8148:
Just watched the second episode, I agree.  Theres a lot of subtle things about Wednesday like the one of his eyes being different and the raven flying overhead that give you hints about him.
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During the checkers game, the Slav calls Wednesday "Wotan".
Link Posted: 5/8/2017 8:35:02 AM EST
Watched the first episode, I'm out.  What a waste of Ian McShane.  Also, Neil Gaiman sucks, as does his moron wife.  
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I keep expecting mr. Wednesday to ask someone to get the fucking canned peaches. Interesting show so far, I have not read the book or whatnot.
Link Posted: 5/8/2017 11:26:45 AM EST
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Great point after that I am thinking more of an 8"x8" for my safety of course
Whom could not like someone named "Sailor Moon"
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It's not every day you really need a 2X4 when having sex.
Great point after that I am thinking more of an 8"x8" for my safety of course
Whom could not like someone named "Sailor Moon"
Or you could just shy away from worshipping the pink.
Link Posted: 5/8/2017 11:34:21 AM EST
Read the book years ago and was confused for the first half. Once I figured out what was going on it all started to flow and make sense. After watching the first two episodes I want to go back and reread.
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Read the book years ago and was confused for the first half. Once I figured out what was going on it all started to flow and make sense. After watching the first two episodes I want to go back and reread.
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I was the same way, I think there's a version out now that he reworked to make a bit more sense.
Link Posted: 5/8/2017 8:37:42 PM EST
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I was the same way, I think there's a version out now that he reworked to make a bit more sense.
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Originally Posted By OvisCanis:
Read the book years ago and was confused for the first half. Once I figured out what was going on it all started to flow and make sense. After watching the first two episodes I want to go back and reread.
I was the same way, I think there's a version out now that he reworked to make a bit more sense.
I think I may do a read along with the show. Just read up to the point of the end of the last episode watched. Fill in some of the details the show just can't fit but no spoilers for what I may have forgotten.
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