Humans have a hard time coming to grips with death, prompting them to come up with deities and beliefs that revolve around being judged and leaving a legacy. The newest episode of American Gods offers up a poignant spin on the mythological afterlife and teases ominous consequences for those who refuse to pass over to the other side.
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The latest episode of American Gods introduced us to Mr Nancy (Orlando Jones), a smooth-talking African trickster god who manifests in the cargo hold of a slave ship making its way from Africa to America. It's dark, foreboding, painful, and some of the best television I've seen in a number of years. I had to talk to Jones himself about it.
The Visible Poetry Project aims to make poetry more accessible by lifting words off the page and transforming them into short films. The colourful Hate for Sale, from Dutch animator Anna Eijsbouts, is from an original poem about the seductive power of hate by Neil Gaiman. It's read in perfectly droll tones by Peter Kenny.
It's been 16 long years since Neil Gaiman wrote American Gods, a tale of the clash between the beliefs of the old world and the obsessions new. Near the end of a very long press day for Starz's TV adaptation of the book, Gaiman said that, as much as the cast and crew couldn't wait for everyone to see the show, at least they were no longer waiting for anyone to see it.
Months ago, I waffled over whether to re-read American Gods before the TV show started airing. Did I want to experience the show as its own unique thing or should I go back to the book and reacquaint myself with the plot? The decision to go back to Neil Gaiman's modern fantasy epic won out and I feel like I made the right choice, one that will change the way I watch the series.
American Gods is a giant tome of a book, with huge chunks removed or left out once Neil Gaiman realised how long his tale was getting. So when Bryan Fuller and Michael Green turned the book into a show, they had to move things around, change characters, and create a natural season end. And so the ending we're going to get is brand new.
American Gods 2 isn't happening any time soon. Author Neil Gaiman first teased the sequel to his best-selling novel, now a TV show on Starz, back in 2011. Six years later, there's no date in site. But that hasn't stopped Gaiman from pulling a quasi-J.K. Rowling and keeping the showrunners on their toes.
The biggest hazard a show like American Gods can run into is making it feel like you're just waiting on the freaky cool stuff to happen. That obstacle never presents itself in the first four episodes of Starz' new fantasy series, which feels quite unlike anything on television right now. Strangeness is always just an eye-blink away.
If you're a fan of science fiction and fantasy books, this has been a good week for you. Along with Philip Pullman finally giving the follow-up to His Dark Materials a release date, Neil Gaiman has announced that his next work will be a sequel to Neverwhere.
Several adaptations of Terry Pratchett's beloved works were announced at a memorial service for the writer last year, including a six-part adaptation of Good Omens, penned by Pratchett's co-author Neil Gaiman. But now we have a time(frame) and a place: It's coming to Amazon Prime and the BBC next year.
You're not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but these new Penguin Galaxy hardcovers make it really hard. The publishing company ditched its iconic "classic" covers for more futuristic and playful typeface layouts in this rather expensive but beautiful boxed set of six classic science fiction and fantasy books.