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Old 06-16-2011, 10:06 PM   #1
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American Gods 10th Anniversary Edition

Next week

New edition with 12,000 more words and an intro by Gaiman. The cover shown calls it the "author's prefered text".

Article here http://booktionary.blogspot.com/2011...niversary.html

Just in time for the announcement of the HBO adaptation. Good week for Neil Gaiman fans!
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Old 06-16-2011, 10:22 PM   #2
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Very interesting, newlaza, thanks. For anyone interested in purchasing, this new edition will be available on June 21st.
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Old 06-16-2011, 11:20 PM   #3
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Maybe I'll give this another try. I've picked it up twice and put it back down. I just wasn't able to get into it. His writing style is fine, but Coraline is the only book of his that I've finished.
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Old 06-16-2011, 11:39 PM   #4
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what's the draw with this author?
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Old 06-16-2011, 11:57 PM   #5
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Different strokes for different folks. Loved the book and look forward to the new edition.
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Old 06-17-2011, 12:08 AM   #6
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Different strokes for different folks. Loved the book and look forward to the new edition.
I thought I'd love it too. It's exactly the sort of thing that I like. but I've read the opening twice now, and it just didn't grab me.
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Old 06-17-2011, 12:23 AM   #7
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I have to admit I struggled a bit the first time I read it, but it did finally hook me and I've read it twice since.

Suggestion - Try to stick with it until Shadow gets out of prison.
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Thanks a ton OP! Loved, loved this book. Brilliant IMO and will get the updated Gaiman text.
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have you tried stardust? very nice book, and i feel different from his other writing.

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Maybe I'll give this another try. I've picked it up twice and put it back down. I just wasn't able to get into it. His writing style is fine, but Coraline is the only book of his that I've finished.
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Old 06-17-2011, 02:40 AM   #10
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I'm still waiting to love Gaiman. One of these days, a new book of his and my tastes will mesh completely. I'm sure of it. But it's been a meh-affair so far.
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Old 06-17-2011, 02:46 AM   #11
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have you tried stardust? very nice book, and i feel different from his other writing.
Yes! That one completely slipped my mind. That's two of his books that I've liked enough to finish. It's funny that both are departures from his usual work.
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I've read a fair amount of Gaiman, and American Gods is probably the best of his works not deliberately aimed at children. I'd think he'd do better if he lost the somewhat incestuous relationship he has with his fans, since you often get the feeling that he's writing at a particular audience, something that probably dates back to his breakthrough with Sandman.

I had to laugh on learning about the previous special edition of this book (with associated reading copy so you don't mess it up!) Can't help thinking of those people with shelves full of pristine toys in unopened boxes....
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When authors release versions of books with extra text, it generally indicates that they are releasing the material that their editor very wisely decided was extraneous to the story. I very much doubt that it will improve the book.
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When authors release versions of books with extra text, it generally indicates that they are releasing the material that their editor very wisely decided was extraneous to the story. I very much doubt that it will improve the book.
I disagree. The books I can think of generally turned out better.

Feist's Magician Preferred edition is better, for example, because he cut some background material and other stuff...mainly because his publisher wanted less pages.

I'm sure that happens a lot.

Maybe it depends on the author.
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Yes, I will agree that the expanded version of "Magician" is better, but generally, when an author gets sufficiently well-known that they think they no longer need editing, the results are... not beneficial to the reader.
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