Geeks who love Neil Gaiman’s work get ready to celebrate!
The famous author of Sandman Comic Books along with Neverwhere and Stardust (both movies as well), brings us a treat with American Gods. This book, now a TV series received many awards including a Hugo Award in 2002, Nebula Award in 2003, Locus Award for Best Fantasy in 2002, The British Geffen Award in 2003, and the Bram Stoker Award in 2001.
Get the 10th Anniversary Edition of the novel here.
American Gods takes place in modern america with characters who once lived as gods and the newly created gods coming into existence. Shadow, a convict who just got out of prison becomes entangled in a war between the old gods and the new. Mr. Wednesday leads the old gods (being a modern form of Odin) with the help of a leprechaun and Mr. Nancy. The Technical Boy leads a group of The Black Hats along with the intangibles and Media against the old gods.
War and chaos ensue as the book goes on between the old gods and the new. This TV show looks promising as Mr. Gaiman himself helped bring it to life.
Check out the trailer here.
If you want to check out the audio book, visit this place for a well done 10th anniversary edition.
Anansi Boys takes place in the same universe with Mr. Nancy as one of the main characters. Check it out here.
What is interesting about this show is the possibility of the show and its writers passing up the author Neil Gaiman. As of 2012 Neil started working on the sequel to American Gods. Yet the book remains incomplete. The show could pass up the novel and head into uncharted territory much like George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire lags behind the popular TV show Game of Thrones.
American Gods will air on Starz, April 30th at 9:00
If you want to dig into another modern fantasy set with gods and heroes, check out The Lively Bones here.