Author: Michelle Biller

Git Gone: Review of Neil Gaiman’s ‘American Gods’ Episode 4

In Advance There are episode spoilers in this review. This review will also contain book spoilers, but only up to where the show has covered, as I compare the two side-by-side. All images are from American Gods on STARZ unless otherwise noted. Previous episode reviews can be found here: Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3 CW: Suicide, Depression Footnotes If you’ll recall, Footnotes is my section for American Gods related media that is not directly episode related. This week, I’ve got a Footnote I am particularly fond of. Much to my surprise this past Saturday, I finally got to encounter...

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Head Full of Snow: Review of Neil Gaiman’s ‘American Gods’ Episode 3

In Advance Please enjoy a new, balanced structure for more precise reviews. “Footnotes” discusses American Gods’ non-direct facts and accounts: events or notes that happen outside of the show but that are relevant or interest-piquing. “Manipulations” considers changes that have occurred from the translation of the book to the screen: all of the most noteworthy among new events, changes to storyline, and what’s been removed. “Remarkably” discusses the most distinguished occurrences and “Begrudgingly” hosts displeasing impressions. “Conclusively” is your warm and fuzzy wrap-up babbling. Footnotes To start this week: in case you missed it, American Gods has already been...

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The Secret of Spoons: Review of Neil Gaiman’s ‘American Gods’ Episode 2

In Advance I usually attempt to keep these concise and focused. This week’s review is longer than most reviews will be because in this episode, there is much to be discussed on race in America and the story. In my opinion, to comb that over would be an unforgivable injustice. And if you missed it, here is last week’s review: Analysis: Neil Gaiman’s ‘American Gods’ on STARZ – Episode 1 A Heroic Cockblock So… I’m not known to (ever) start directly on task, so let’s just start again with an intriguing in-the-background fact that has both amused and impressed...

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Analysis: Neil Gaiman’s ‘American Gods’ on STARZ – Episode 1

Before we dive into a satisfying freefall regarding the translation of book to screen for a fiercely coveted novel, I’m going to be an obscenely cruel host. We’re not going to jump straight into actors, depths, and representations. Instead, we’re going to stay briefly mundane and necessary for a important consideration. In an intensely interesting interview attached to the end of the Audible narration of American Gods, Neil Gaiman discusses the process for the novel. He mentions that the writing the process for the novel took five years to write and many of the inspirations arose from his long...

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Comic Review: Glitterbomb #2

Glitterbomb #2 Release Date: October 12, 2016 Story: Jim Zub Art: Djibril Morissette-Phan Coloring: K. Michael Russell Letters: Marshall Dillon Publisher: Image Comics Review of Glitterbomb #1 can be found here. DISCLAIMER: Some light spoilers included below. AMAZON SUMMARY TEASER “Death, denial, and the darkness within. What’s got into Farrah?” MICHELLE’S RATING: 8.0/10 The second installation of the Glitterbomb series has proven fruitful and deftly built. STORYLINE AND WRITING Glitterbomb continues to follow the trail of Farrah and Farrah’s (literal) murderous inner-monster. The second issue reveals minimal but fascinating details about her transformation while still leaving most answers curiously buried. The...

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Book Review: ‘Norse Mythology’ by Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman is so notoriously known for his comfortable strolls amongst gods and mythologies that I’ve started to have a sneaking suspicion that he may actually be a shapeshifting deity himself. If not, at the very least, he and the gods meet for coffee every third Saturday. If you’ve already dove into Neil and his rather thorough catalog of works but are not convinced of his surreal yet paradoxically rational command of the gods, then know this: my own meager offerings aren’t going to do a damned thing to change your mind. Or you might be Loki and just...

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Comic Review: ‘Glitterbomb’ #1

Glitterbomb #1 Release Date: September 7, 2016 Story: Jim Zub Art: Djibril Morissette-Phan Coloring: K. Michael Russell Letters: Marshall Dillon Publisher: Image Comics, Inc. DISCLAIMER: Some light spoilers included below. Amazon Summary/Teaser Farrah Durante is a middle-aged actress hunting for her next gig in an industry where youth trumps experience. Her frustrations become an emotional lure for something horrifying out beyond the water… something ready to exact revenge on the shallow celebrity-obsessed culture that’s led her astray. Fan-favorite JIM ZUB (WAYWARD, Thunderbolts) and newcomer DJIBRIL MORISSETTE-PHAN tear into the heart of Hollywood in GLITTERBOMB, a dramatic horror story about...

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Comic Review: ‘Angel Catbird’ Vol 1

Angel Catbird, Vol. 1 Release Date: September 8, 2016 Story: Margaret Atwood Illustrations: Johnnie Christmas Coloring: Tamra Bonvillain Letters: Nate Piekos of Blambot Publisher: Dark Horse Comics NOTE: Only very mild spoilers in review. Amazon Summary/Teaser: On a dark night, young genetic engineer Strig Feleedus is accidentally mutated by his own experiment and merges with the DNA of a cat and an owl. What follows is a humorous, action-driven, pulp-inspired superhero adventure– with a lot of cat puns. Michelle’s Rating: 6.5/10 Above average (good enough that I’m interested to pick up the second volume when it comes out and see...

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