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American Gods (and beyond…)

“There are new gods growing in America, clinging to growing knots of belief: gods of credit card and freeway, of Internet and telephone, of radio and hospital and television, gods of plastic and of beeper and of neon. Proud gods, fat and foolish creatures, puffed up with their own newness and importance. “They are aware of us, they fear us, and they hate us,” said Odin. “You are fooling yourselves if you believe otherwise.”

Neil Gaiman, ‘American Gods’

American Gods’, the TV series, is broadcasted on Starz since April the 30th, on Amazon Prime Video since today, May the 1st. A very interesting experiment, among the most awaited of the season, ‘American Gods’ is drawn from the homonymous Neil Gaiman’s fantasy novel and deals with religion, mythology, life. Throughout the history, many gods and many religions passed and, traditional divinities a part, many people consider money, success, technology and mass media likely to be venerated, even more than the others. Now, according to Neil Gaiman, adapted for TV by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, the Gods to be taken into consideration are those ones of the traditions, such as Votan/Odin, Baldr, Anubi, Loki, Vulcan, a Jesus of Nazareth now used at hitchhiking and hippie habits and, as well, Mr. World, Technical Boy, Media, Salim. The very mysterious Mr. Wednesday has a very particular intent…
Neil Gaiman, who also wrote ‘Good Omens’, with Terry Pratcher, ‘The Monarch of Glen’, ‘Anansi Boys’ and ‘Sandman’ from which the character of Lucifer is taken from, is now willing to write ‘The Seven Sister’, a sequel fo ‘Neverwhere’ and, maybe, a second book of American Gods.

P.S. as for the cast, Ricky Whittle is Shadow Moon, Emily Browning is Laura Moon, Crispin Glover Mr. World, Bruce Langleyis the Technical Boy, Yetide Badaki Bilquis, Pablo Schreiber Mad Sweeney, Ian McShane Mr. Wednesday, Jonathan Tucker is Low Key Lyesmith, Cloris Leachman is Zorya Vechernyaya, Peter Stormare is Chernobog, Chris Obi is Mr. Jacquel, Mousa Kraish is Jinn, Gillian Anderson is Media, Omid Abtahi is Salim, Orlando Jones is Mr. Nancy, Demore Barnes is Mr. Ibis, Dane Cook is Robbie, Kristin Chenoweth is Easter, Cordin Bernsen is Vulcan, Jeremy Davies is Jesus Christ.

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