DAILY PHOTO: The Rushing Towaliga, High Falls State Park

Taken in 2013 at High Falls State Park, Georgia, US

BOOK REVIEW: The Complete American Gods by Neil Gaiman; Adapted by P. Craig Russell

The Complete American Gods (Graphic Novel)The Complete American Gods by Neil Gaiman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Out: September 28, 2021

This is the graphic novelization of Neil Gaiman’s brilliant story “American Gods.” The tale begins with the protagonist, Shadow Moon, being released a few days early from his prison sentence to attend the funeral of the wife whom he has been longing to see. On the flight home, he sits next to a gregarious man named Wednesday who offers him a job and who knows way too much about Shadow. While Shadow initially rejects the offer, Wednesday is relentless. When Shadow finally gives in, he’s introduced to a world where nothing is as it seems, a world of gods, demi-gods, and folklore heroes.

The premise is simple, but magnificent. America is a hard land for gods. The country’s melting pot nature makes for so many old gods: Native American gods, Norse gods, African tribal gods, pagan gods, Hindu gods, Slavic gods, etc. Then there are the new gods like “technology” and “media.” Comparing the average American’s screen time versus time in church or in prayer, it’s not difficult to tell which side is winning the war for the affection and attention. Still, the new gods exist in an ephemeral landscape. So, Wednesday is going around trying to build support among old gods for a war between the old and new gods — no easy task as a self-confessed con man.

It’s been a while since I read the novel, but this adaptation felt true to my recollection of the original story. It seems closer to the original than, say, the Amazon Prime series (which I also enjoyed, but which often diverges, particularly to build out some of the secondary characters’ arcs.)

This is definitely worth a read, whether you’ve read the novel or not. The artwork was well-done, and I highly recommend it.

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DAILY PHOTO: Butterfly & Blossoms

Taken at Reynolds Nature Preserve in July of 2012

DAILY PHOTO: Scenes from Humboldt Park

The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture
Humboldt Park Boathouse
Humboldt Park Bison

DAILY PHOTO: White Flowers

Azalea; Taken in Stone Mountain, GA; Spring 2009
Magnolia; Stone Mountain; June 2009
Dogwood; Stone Mountain; Spring 2009

DAILY PHOTO: Atlanta Skylines from Centennial Olympic Park

Coke Museum in the fore; GA Pacific and Westin in back
Taken in February of 2012 in Atlanta