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This blog post says the original line, in Pratchett's Mort, is He remembered being summoned into reluctant existence at the moment the first creature lived, in the certain knowledge he would outlive life until the last being in the universe passed to its reward, when it would then be his job, figuratively speaking, to put the chairs on the tables and ...


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He said in an interview: The farm with an ash tree, an hour south of Blackburg (“American Gods”), is, in fact, an old crumbling farm of Tori Amos’ family. Gaiman, a good friend of Amos, visited the farm while on tour with her years ago and decided to use it in his book. He wasn’t sure he’d ever told anyone that before. Ten Things To Know: Neil Gaiman ...


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I didn't find any direct joke concerning Elvis and Pollution in Good Omens yet, but the fact that the fourth horseman is described as "a young man dressed all in white. [...] He looked like Victorian Romantic poets looked just before the consumption and drug abuse really started to cut it" can be seen as covert references to Elvis' well known suiting habits ...


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Let's take it one by one: She shows up unexpected. Check. Rescuing him from a miserable relationship. At the time Richard is engaged to a domineering woman who basically controls his life. Check. Whisks him off to wonders before undreamed-of. London Below is certainly wondrous. Check. Without having much actual depth of character. Hmm. Debatable. Door has ...


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"two authors who are each well-known and have distinctive styles in their own right" - not according to them. In fact, they make this point multiple times - in the introduction to the book and elsewhere - that they were not "the Terry Pratchett" and "the Neil Gaiman" 1 . Gaiman hadn't written any novels at that time (okay, one ...


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At an educated guess, Pratchett and Gaiman are referring to the creation of S4C, the Welsh-language TV channel which began broadcasting in 1982. (Good Omens was published in 1990 and mostly written in 1988.) At this time, the UK had a total of four broadcast television channels. Channel 5 was not launched until 1997. S4C's English-language counterpart, ...


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I found this reference in a New York Times article from 1997, some 4 years before American Gods was published. Darth Vader: Mr. Lucas went back to the Dutch root for father to arrive at a name that approximates ''Dark Father.'' Vader's original name is Anakin Skywalker. Anakin is a variation on a race of giants in Genesis, and Skywalker is an ...


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I don't have the book here, but remember at the end : Which seems to implies that there's in fact one "different" God in every country visited by a worshiper of that God. American Gods are just a different form of Gods existing all over the globe. For example, the American Kali won't be very powerful, but her indian iteration (where there's a lot of people ...


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In the book: Our hero's name is Tristran, and he has other family besides his father. He's also has a slight inhuman look. The Wall is guarded, but mainly to prevent anyone who might not know about it from wandering through, or to keep the truly reckless out. A regular rotation of village men consists of the guard. Market is a semi-regular trade fair that ...


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The scene can basically be viewed as a response to, and affectionate rejection of (or alternative to) C.S. Lewis’s religious beliefs as some have seen them to be portrayed in The Last Battle. It’s worth noting that Gaiman does not see himself as trying to criticize Lewis, but more trying to come to terms with his own feelings about the matter: NG: Right—...


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I'd say the main thing that separates Door from the Manic Pixie Dream Girl profile is the manic element. She's not obsessed with Richard, and she's not wacky or playful (except in one scene, which stands out against the otherwise serious events). I don't think she cares whether Richard learns to live freely; she just needs help. She's a woman on a mission, ...


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Virginia big tree registry has three large Ash trees in the area of Blacksburg. My vote is for the Ash tree in the graveyard in Wyetheville Va along Rt 11.


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Una's easy access to Babylon Candles is something of a plot hole that covers bits where the film was heavily adapted from the book. In both versions of the story, Lamia and her sisters come off as decrepit hermit hags, having vast power but not really doing much at all with it. While Lamia gets some youth back and hunts the star, she does tend towards more ...


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Loki had many appellations including: Lokimotion, Loptr, Loke, the Sly One, the Trickster, the Shape Changer, and the Sky Traveler. It is this last one I suspect Gaiman is using license and changing it to Skywalker. I don't think it is in relationship to Star Wars. In an article on UnrealFacts.com we learn: Luke Skywalker's original name was Luke Starkiller....


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Both the 'quick temptation' and 'divine ecstasy' are being used in this passage as shorthand for the angelic and demonic activities expected of Aziraphale and Crowley respectively. Pratchett/Gaiman are explaining how the 'Arrangement' between these two works in practice. As in many covert and antagonistic situations the demon and the angel have found out ...


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In addition to Royal Canadian Bandit's answer, there is another possible explanation: The establishment of S4C as a Welsh-language fourth TV channel was a very political issue. Prior to its establishment, the existing broadcasters (BBC and ITV) had produced some Welsh-language programming for the region, but it was often broadcast in inconvenient timeslots. ...


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While it wasn't made as a movie, and the HBO/Playtone series fell through, it is a television series on the Starz network, and produced by Freemantle. The showrunners for the first season were Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daisies, Wonderfalls) and Michael Green (Kings). Neil Gaiman is an executive producer. The first season premiered on April 30, 2017, ...


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I asked my good friend Neil Gaiman about this. Evidently it was an wholly intentional observation. Basically we're supposed to smack our foreheads at the enormity of Tristran's cluelessness. Q. If Tristan Thorn thought Daisy was his biological mother, how could Louisa have been "six months his junior"? Gaiman. Yes. That's sort of the point. via ...


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Earlier in the story, Door and the Marquis visit Door's father's private study. The main focus of this scene is finding Portico's journal, which tells them to find Islington. Briefly mentioned though, is that the Marquis finds the token on Portico's desk and pockets it: Meanwhile, the Marquis examined the objects on Portico's desk. An inkwell; a chess-piece ...


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There's a few mentions of the Gods coming over with the settlers and immigrants from various 'Old World' countries, the clear implication being that they're pale "incarnations" of the original deities. Wednesday speaks to their origins; When the people came to America they brought us with them. They brought me, and Loki and Thor, Anansi and the Lion-...


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This probably comes from two main sources: the first, the idea that Death rides a pale horse, traces back to the Bible, Revelation 6:8. This image has been echoed in many Western depictions of death and tends to be immediately recognizable. The second, Lady Death, also has a long history but in this case may well be echoing Neil Gaiman's own interpretation,...


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The prologue with Croup and Vandermar in Tuscany was present in the original (first) edition by BBC. Later, when Avon Books wanted to publish it, Gaiman decided to revise it, adding clarifications here and there for things that would not be obvious for an non-British reader. As Gaiman explains in "Introduction to This Text" in author's preferred text, My ...


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As far as I recall, there were a limited number of times the organization was mentioned: And the latter mention: The Fellowship of the Castle was also mentioned in The Tale of Sir Lancelot, which might offer a clue behind the meaning in the Neil Gaiman novel. However, it too was seemingly only mentioned in passing, making it difficult to determine its ...


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Since Neil Gaiman created the character and explains the "magic" in the DC Universe, I would say yes, it adds immense value. The John Boltan (and others) art is also a nice addition. I would also read the 4-issue mini-series The Trenchcoat Brigade at some point as it revisits the original mini-series. It's not as important when you read the 2nd mini, though, ...


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To offer another look on the issue - Neil Gaiman explained in an interview with Chip Kidd that there was also the concern for continuity with other DC comics. It turns out that in the issue where Dr. Dee escapes from Arkham Asylim (in #5, "Passengers"), it was supposed to be the Joker, and his April Fool's joke (hanging himself), rather than Scarecrow. ...


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The place is on Route 607 in a town called Patterson, in Wythe County, Virginia. That's where the Amos family farm is located. I remember Eddie Amos and his brother Woodrow playing cards on the store porch when I was a kid. Back then I didn't have a clue that Ellen Amos would become a superstar.


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Hamnet doesn't have his story expanded on in other comics, whether Gaiman or otherwise authored. For more information you might have to read some of the biographies of Shakespeare.


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When Pollution entered the biker bar, the wind blew empty crisp packets and newspapers and ice cream wrappers with him. They danced around his feet like excited children, then fell exhausted to the floor. He also wears an all-white suit, and has a crown as his totem (ie., the king). Pestilence also retired the year after Elvis was born, and Death ...


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Another Prologue – Four hundred years earlier It was the middle of the sixteenth century, and it was raining in Tuscany: a cold mean-spirited rain that turned the world grey. A smudge of black smoke rose towards the early-morning sky from the little monastery on the hill. Two men sat on the hill, watching the building begin to burn. '...


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That's a really good question and something I would really like to know and see in future works. I agree with Radhil that there is probably not enough info to answer it but since your question got me revisiting my Sandman collection I will try to give you a (highly speculative) answer anyway. There is one face to face interaction that I could find: After ...


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