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In which Neil Gaiman is discussed and we learn a startling secret.
Well, no startling secret. I just like the way he opened his chapters in Marvel 1602
I'm writing this post to continue what I was about to start in the Stardust thread over on D&D, but I did not want to derail it. (I basically stated my utter disgust with the movie.)
Now, the disgust does not come from an elitist view on Gaiman's work. To date the only Gaiman books I've finished are Marvel 1602 and Stardust. The movie was just well... dumb. I felt that it dumbed down quite a bit. Way more than was necessary.
But I did touch upon the fact that - while I enjoyed Stardust - I found that the book contained too much exposition than it needed. however, I'm not sure if it was intended since the book is written a lot like it came out of the 1920s. But then I started American Gods and found myself noticing and disliking the same things.
Especially the chapter where the guy gets... uh.. eaten by that female god. I really felt like I was reading the scene's laundry list.
I find myself hearing the cries of this very forum while reading American Gods. Show! Don't Tell! Is there something sophisticated that I'm missing or am I over-analyzing it? Or am I not seeing things and Neil Gaiman just gets a free pass?
The story in American Gods is very interesting, but I find myself very disinterested in it. The writing just isn't holding me.
I guess the main thing that is bothering me is that so many people on these forums pant over Neil Gaiman while holding him to some pretty high standards. I end up telling myself "This is Gaiman, so many people like him. So you have to." .. I do know that this isn't a healthy way to form my own opinion.
Do I just need to read more in general to appreciate his writing or is he really just over-appreciated? Maybe I just spoiled myself by reading too much Dune and Arthur C. Clarke.
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