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AMERICAN GODS going down the scifi metaphysical fantasy rabbit hole

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Sunday, May 14, 2017 7:52 PM

JAYNEZTOWN


strange show? live a quiet life with his wife and stay out of trouble. Until he learns that she's been killed in a terrible accident, right out of a comic book.


if you thought Stan Lee, JMS, Joss, Frank Miller, Alan Moore wrote funny stuff wait until you get a load of this guy

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017 5:25 PM

AURAPTOR

America loves a winner!


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Originally posted by JAYNEZTOWN:
strange show? live a quiet life with his wife and stay out of trouble. Until he learns that she's been killed in a terrible accident, right out of a comic book.


if you thought Stan Lee, JMS, Joss, Frank Miller, Alan Moore wrote funny stuff wait until you get a load of this guy



Live the quiet life in PRISON, ya mean ?

Per most of what is on t.v. these days, I don't first read the source material, be it in a book or some comic book, a.k.a. " graphic novel" .


But I'm enjoying A.G. , for the most part. My main issue is that it's a bit artsy, to the point that it really does drag the story down to a crawl. I get it, there are parts where it makes sense. But over all, I think the style is being used too much, just for filler. Not much happens, story wise, so they must make use of the screen time they are given...


I am enjoying it, but I think I should be enjoying it more. Or do they not want me to ? Kinda seems that way ...

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Monday, June 19, 2017 3:16 AM

6STRINGJOKER


I remember my brother telling me about the book when it came out. Had to be at least 10 years ago. (Maybe there are more of them now?)

He made it sound amazing at the time. I'm thinking I should read it instead of watching the show. Anything I've read talking about the show doesn't sound half as interesting as my brother made the book sound. Then again, he's a natural born story teller.

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Monday, June 19, 2017 4:36 PM

AURAPTOR

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I'm of the mind that if you've not already read the book(s), then don't bother. Watch the show, enjoy it for what it is ,and then maybe go back and read.

Reading the story first puts images in your head that more often than not, can't be matched with any on screen attempt. Sure, you may find a character, a scene, etc... that comes close, but over all, it'll be one big disappointment.


Lord of the Rings was my experience in that. Then a bunch of Clancy movies, which were far less than the books. Sure, decent enough, but not the same.

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Monday, June 19, 2017 6:45 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


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Lord of the Rings was my experience in that. Then a bunch of Clancy movies, which were far less than the books. Sure, decent enough, but not the same.

If you liked Lord of the Rings, have you read The Deed of Paksennarion?

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017 6:10 PM

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America loves a winner!


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Lord of the Rings was my experience in that. Then a bunch of Clancy movies, which were far less than the books. Sure, decent enough, but not the same.

If you liked Lord of the Rings, have you read The Deed of Paksennarion?



Nope, never heard of it. After reading The Hobbit, and then LOTR's trilogy, long ago, I found myself wanting more similar type tales. I tried reading a few , but they all lacked Tolkien's depth and passion , not to mention his imagination. In short, I viewed them as pale imitations, more like Tolkien wanna-bees.

As I look back, part of me thinks that I might have been too hasty, and that I should have given other authors more of a chance.

But then as Christopher Tolkien has put more of his father's unpublished work, I've come to realize that , sword and sorcery books are fine enough , but there's no replacing Tolkien. The man created not just realms and characters, but entire languages FOR those people !

I tried reading Harry Potter, for example, and while I did enjoy the first 3-4 books, I couldn't help but notice some devices which were present in Tolkien's books as well. I became to see J.K. Rowling as more of a hack than how the rest of the world viewed her. But heck, even Tolkien used familiar devices. But with him, he was able to formulate a backstory to everything which added, more than merely took from those existing themes.



Hope that answers your question.


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Wednesday, June 28, 2017 6:55 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


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Originally posted by AURaptor:
Lord of the Rings was my experience in that. Then a bunch of Clancy movies, which were far less than the books. Sure, decent enough, but not the same.

If you liked Lord of the Rings, have you read The Deed of Paksennarion?

Nope, never heard of it. After reading The Hobbit, and then LOTR's trilogy, long ago, I found myself wanting more similar type tales. I tried reading a few , but they all lacked Tolkien's depth and passion , not to mention his imagination. In short, I viewed them as pale imitations, more like Tolkien wanna-bees.

As I look back, part of me thinks that I might have been too hasty, and that I should have given other authors more of a chance.

But then as Christopher Tolkien has put more of his father's unpublished work, I've come to realize that , sword and sorcery books are fine enough , but there's no replacing Tolkien. The man created not just realms and characters, but entire languages FOR those people !

I tried reading Harry Potter, for example, and while I did enjoy the first 3-4 books, I couldn't help but notice some devices which were present in Tolkien's books as well. I became to see J.K. Rowling as more of a hack than how the rest of the world viewed her. But heck, even Tolkien used familiar devices. But with him, he was able to formulate a backstory to everything which added, more than merely took from those existing themes.

Hope that answers your question.

Elizabeth Moon created the original trilogy The Deed of Paksenarrion (the name of the title spurned my interest for far too long - until it was the last title available that I hadn't read from that author) in the 1980's. It has dwarves, wizards, Orcs, Elves, Nobles, but no Hobbits. And not really in Middle Earth. LOTS of backstory.
That has become my favorite book(s) - the trilogy is available in a single volume a bit over 1,000 pages (1,022 IIRC). The 3 books were Sheepfarmer's Daughter (1988), Divided Allegiance, Oath of Gold (1989).
She followed up with 2 prequels of the world by 1992.
Almost 20 years after the original trilogy, after a few other series that she wrote, she returned (as promised) to the world and dropped another 5 books with most of the same characters.
Most of her protagonists are women.
I highly recommend them. She also has a fantastic Space Epic series referred to as Serrano/Suiza, and the Suiza part accelerates with Once A Hero.

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