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on: July 22, 2016, 07:13:53 PM

I want this so right now.  Please!

http://www.tor.com/2016/07/22/feast-your-eyes-on-the-first-footage-from-american-gods/

(Sorry, I can't find a link just to the video)

Time to reread the book to refresh my memory.

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Reply #1 on: July 22, 2016, 07:16:36 PM

Starz should change their name to "Just Torrent This Stuff."
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Reply #2 on: July 22, 2016, 08:07:49 PM

Starz should change their name to "Just Torrent This Stuff."

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Reply #3 on: July 22, 2016, 08:29:51 PM

Yeah, but it's Lincoln from the 100, Al Swearingen and that chick from Sucker Punch! That's worth a month's subscription. Shit, I did it for the shitshow that was Torchwood: Miracle Day.

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Reply #4 on: July 22, 2016, 10:35:48 PM

How much does their add on sub for Prime cost?

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Reply #5 on: July 22, 2016, 10:47:38 PM

I'm more excited about Peter Stormare being Peter Stormare again.
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Reply #6 on: July 23, 2016, 12:03:18 AM

That's a really good cast! Also excited for this now.

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Reply #7 on: July 23, 2016, 02:31:09 AM

Interesting in that I wasn't a huge fan of the book. It had a good premise but the actual execution was pretty meh. I thought it peaked very early.


I'll be more interested in this if they are willing to depart from the book. I don't remember much about the book, but I remember the main character / central plotline being the worst part of it.

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Reply #8 on: July 23, 2016, 02:46:49 AM

I wouldn't go that far, as I overall enjoyed the book, but I somewhat agree.  It had a very neat premise and setup, but I felt overall it was sort of meh.  Not bad, just..... meh.  Seems like he could have done more with it.

TV series could run with it and be awesome.  Looking forward to it.

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Reply #9 on: July 23, 2016, 04:11:03 AM

From what I recall in the book

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Reply #10 on: July 23, 2016, 09:25:23 AM

I don't really remember the book well, and I don't remember being impressed by it at the time. If the show turns out to be great maybe I'll give it a reread.

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Reply #11 on: July 23, 2016, 01:17:52 PM

When I was reading this book, I was basically picturing McShane as Wednesday.  Pretty cool to see it happening.
Oh, and Crispin Glover is Mr. World!  (not really how I pictured him, but Glover makes the character better).

My opinion, this will translate better to TV than it has on actual paper.

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Reply #12 on: July 23, 2016, 01:22:14 PM

Gonna have to read this again. I remember liking Anansi Boys better, but AG was fun.

In other coming to TV news- I saw an article that Amber is being made into a series. That should be interesting too. Time for a re-read.

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Reply #13 on: July 23, 2016, 03:08:03 PM

I remember feeling kind of meh about AG, for some of the reasons already mentioned--great concept, not really what I would have thought you'd want to do with it. But the trailer has me interested.
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Reply #14 on: April 24, 2017, 09:51:35 PM

Coming this weekend...

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Reply #16 on: April 25, 2017, 11:45:17 AM

I know!  Cry

Going to have to figure out how to watch this without subbing to Starz just for one show. 

Semi-related - this past weekend was a free HBO/Cinemax weekend and there was absolutely nothing on I wanted to watch, which reminds me why I don't have premium channels.  And then this happens....

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Reply #17 on: April 25, 2017, 12:01:25 PM

I have the benefit of living in the same town as George RR Martin (who is like bff with Gaiman), so he's playing the 1st epi at his theatre in town (George owns a piece of a Violet Crown and a little indy cafe cinema called the Jean Cocteau).  His office is actually right upstairs and he just hangs out, basically.  Hehe.  Big boardgamer too apparently.  Basically just an old geek.  Gaiman visited last summer and signed a buttload of stuff for George's bookstore (I have a Sandman of his now); and that's when I read the book.

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Reply #18 on: April 25, 2017, 12:51:32 PM

Semi-related - this past weekend was a free HBO/Cinemax weekend and there was absolutely nothing on I wanted to watch, which reminds me why I don't have premium channels.  And then this happens....

Yeah, there were a few movies I let just play, but I've seen them before. Like Deadpool, The Martian, and a few things on the Comedy HBO which I've already forgotten. No real value there, except this is how I got to watch SV and Veep. Now I have to struggle with "Do I really want to sub, or just wait until they're elsewhere?"

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Reply #19 on: April 25, 2017, 01:54:53 PM

I think between this, Evil Dead, and Spartacus, Starz might have earned a subscription from me.  I already subscribe to HBO just for Game of Thrones.  Still way cheaper than a premium cable package...

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Reply #20 on: April 25, 2017, 04:58:19 PM

Black Sails is the real gem on Starz.

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Reply #21 on: April 28, 2017, 03:16:32 PM

Gettin ready to head out to SantFe and watch the opener at the theater.  Gaiman is going to Skype in apparently.

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Reply #22 on: April 28, 2017, 03:53:41 PM

Gettin ready to head out to SantFe and watch the opener at the theater.  Gaiman is going to Skype in apparently.
I don't think anyone has asked him, so ask GRRM when he'll finish the book.

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Reply #23 on: April 30, 2017, 09:46:20 PM

This was good.  Two things kept the first episode from being great.  First, because they had to stuff it into an hour, it was all set up and introduction with no real reason to care about the characters other than "Neil Gaiman wrote this, so something good is going to happen".  They didn't feel mysterious, just here's another person we'll learn more about later.
Second, a lot of the exposition dialog was awkward.  It was amazing prose when read, but spoken aloud, it sounds stilted and weird.

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Reply #24 on: April 30, 2017, 09:47:08 PM

Never read the book but decided to check it out anyway. I liked it. Ian McShane is awesome.
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Reply #25 on: May 01, 2017, 07:55:19 AM

I liked it, I think Gaiman did a much better job of introducing the supernatural elements gradually though.

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Reply #26 on: May 01, 2017, 08:57:29 AM

(saw it Friday)  My only "gripe" with the 1st epi was that it seemed to be written for folk who have already read the books.  Which is a great thing really, but I left curious as to how non-readers would view it.  Overall was an amazing showing and word on the street is that Gaiman's show may give Martin's a run for its money. 

Gaiman did indeed skype into our viewing btw, which was a serious treat.  The whole event was free; which doesn't surprise me, because he and his boy George are pretty philanthropic socialist types;  Amanda Palmer is Gaiman's wife for gods' sake.   Gaiman is indeed as charming, likeable, and odd as he seems and people have reported.  Made me want to gather at more of his tours/talks if I've got the chance.

He apologized for all the blood in advance, though.  lol   But he said "it represents about 90% of the blood in the entire series."  I was oddly disappointed at that statement.

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Reply #27 on: May 01, 2017, 10:29:31 AM

I bought the book 2 years ago but decided to wait to read it until after I'd seem some of the (then newly announced) show.  I knew a bit about the story, but not the fine details.

I think this worked for the most part, but they should have saved the sex scene for a later episode.  It felt out of place with the rate of reveal of the rest of the story - it gave the audience a lot more information than Shadow Moon has. 

I know they anticipate a 5 year story to tell the story of American Gods I.  GoT felt rushed - I worry that this will feel drawn out.  I hope that they insert a lot of original material to keep it moving so that we don't get a slew of 'elevator episodes' with them talking in the car and nothing really moving for the characters.   However, apparently they're weaving in elements of the outline of American Gods II that Gaiman is going to write - maybe that is a concurrent story and they'll use that to fill out the first story?  Or a lot of the 5 year story additions will be setting up the events of that book?

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Reply #28 on: May 01, 2017, 11:03:16 AM

I was enthralled with it.  The 'Coming to America' bits interspersing the actual storyline was well done, keeping you from getting distracted and keeping you from overanalyzing the weak points.  I think the changes were well done for the most part, though I think the weakest change was the viking one in the opening. 

I think the actor choices were phenomenal!  Of course I'm an Ian McShane fanboy, but Low-key, Sweeney, Shadow, even Tech-boy really nailed the parts.  The glimpse of Ibis made me scratch my head however.  He looks almost nothing like I envisioned him, but that's probably on me.

This will probably be one of the shows we watch every week on schedule, which doesn't happen a lot these days.

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Reply #29 on: May 01, 2017, 12:11:32 PM

I know they anticipate a 5 year story to tell the story of American Gods I. 

This is the first I'd heard that and I'm kind of excited to see what they do with it.  Being that Gaiman is actually involved rather than it being another team trying to stretch his work out, I'm not worried that it'll end up feeling like they're killing time (as has happened in GoT a lot since they ran out of book to work with).

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Reply #30 on: May 01, 2017, 10:02:21 PM

There is enough offshoot material to stretch it out beyond a single season for sure (especially if you count Norse Mythology and Anansi Boys).  

A lot is abstracted, so there is a lot of room for filler.  All in a book you could read in a day really.
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Reply #31 on: May 02, 2017, 08:51:17 AM

Are we not spoilering anything since the book has been out for so long?  Might want to consider doing so anyway.
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Reply #32 on: May 02, 2017, 09:43:40 AM

I thought the standard procedure was to make an illiterate version of the thread, which everyone then ignores.

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Reply #33 on: May 02, 2017, 10:02:21 AM

As there are many that have not read the book(s), I'd request we use spoiler tags. 

I'd be curious as to what percentage of the book that first episode represents, but I could not find my copy of the book last night.

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Reply #34 on: May 02, 2017, 12:22:06 PM

I thought the standard procedure was to make an illiterate version of the thread, which everyone then ignores.

Personally, I prefer this over trying to follow multiple lines of conversation in a thread where half the messages are wrapped in spoiler tags.   awesome, for real

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