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Sharp Dressed Man - OneHandedBooks - Hannibal (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: A response to the very important prompt- what if Mr. Nancy were Hannibal's tailor?
A very VERY late entry for FullerFeast
Mr. Nancy entered at the far end of the workroom a wizened old man, stooped and wrinkled, his outrageous purple checked suit hanging loose on his shrunken frame. There was the faintest hint of the unnatural about him- a sense of too many eyes and too many limbs. As he crossed the long, long room, he changed- shimmering and shifting and standing taller with every step until he reached Hannibal as a fine man of 40.

“Showy,” Hannibal commented dryly.
fic  crossover  hannibal  american_gods  season03  gen  to_keep 
december 2017 by a_phasia
Ep 3 recap for Funny or Die. One of the best shows on TV. Still unclear abt on my list. 🤔
american_gods  tv  tv:american_gods  from twitter_favs
may 2017 by sechilds
you're a taker, devil's maker - Anonymous - Hellblazer, Constantine: The Hellblazer (Comics), American Gods - Neil Gaiman [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: John knows a bad deal when it crosses his path.
Another sip of my pint's not helping me relax, so I fish out my smokes and light one. The ashtray's a cheap metal thing, someone else's butts already crumpled in the bottom of it. Wednesday watches me light up. I tuck the pack back into my pocket, blow out my first exhale, then ask, "Mind if I smoke?"

Wednesday barks a laugh, showing too many teeth. "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, isn't that right?" I have to grin at that; what fucking nonsense. What doesn't kill you just doesn't kill you-- if you're not strong enough to survive it already, you're fucked.
fic  hellblazer  american_gods  yuletide  crossover  to_keep  gen 
december 2015 by a_phasia
the only game in town - LuckyDiceKirby - American Gods - Neil Gaiman, Hannibal (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
When Hannibal shows up at Will’s door with breakfast the day after they meet, politely demanding to be let in, Will eats the food he is offered, because it is good, and free, and he is hungry. He does not think about the cost.
Freddie’s smile is sharp and her words are sharper. Will has always known this, but he has never before felt it so viscerally.

“Will Graham,” she says, the way she has always said it: like she knows him better than he knows himself. He used to think she was just full of shit. Now he knows better.

Perhaps she was using his name as a preface to questioning him about this case or that one. Freddie Lounds always manages to find more dirt to dig up, but Will doesn’t care. He interrupts anything else she might have been about to say, because seeing her for the first time in weeks, he understands, at least on some level, what she is. “You knew,” he says. His hands curl into fists, involuntarily. “You always knew.”

“Of course I did,” she says, smooth as a snake. “It’s in my nature to know things.”
fic  hannibal  au  fusion  crossover  american_gods  season01  will/hannibal  gen-ish  to_keep  series  theme:supernatural 
may 2014 by a_phasia
The Journey West
Summary: Listen, and I will tell you how Monkey comes to America.
Monkey is a thief, they say, Monkey steals imperial peaches and frightens the Queen Mother's attendants, so they put him to work harvesting sugar cane, they give him a pick and tell him to lay tracks for the dragons of iron and steel. They tell Monkey "no women" because women mean soft curves and children and roots, women mean hundreds of monkeys running 'round free. Monkey does not multiply, not as much as he could, but Monkey does not die and leave. They forget Monkey was born of stone, not womb, they forget Monkey creates new monkeys from handfuls of fur, chewed up and spat out.
fic  gen  yuletide  american_gods  to_keep  style<3 
may 2014 by a_phasia
iseult_variante: Fic - the gods might offer gifts (American Gods/Supernatural)
Title: the gods might offer gifts
Fandoms: American Gods and Supernatural
Rating/Pairings: Gen, none
Summary: Dean remembers the week that Sammy came down with the croup, remembers Czernobog and the Zorya.

In the old places, in the old times, when they were turned away from the hearth, heroes could seek the temples and shrines and sacred places, and sometimes the gods would come to them. For service or caprice, the gods might offer gifts – magical arms or animal-tongues, prophecy or enchanted shields. But in a land where the gods are made selfish by their own waning, what gifts can heroes hope for on the hard road?

Author's DVD commentary:
supernatural  american_gods  fanfic  gen  sfw  crossover  author.iseult_variante  rec.all_fanfic 
june 2013 by lorem_ipsum
Crooked - LuckyDiceKirby - Hannibal (TV), American Gods - Neil Gaiman [Archive of Our Own]
When Hannibal shows up at Will’s door with breakfast the day after they meet, politely demanding to be let in, Will eats the food he is offered, because it is good, and free, and he is hungry. He does not think about the cost.
fic  slash  Hannibal  American_Gods  crossover  Hannibal/Will  non-human!Hannibal  non-human!Will  dark  angst  drama  complete  short  PG-13 
may 2013 by brightnail
presterpress: The Great God Pan Is as Dead as Disco [Supernatural/American Gods]
Summary: In which a bet is placed, a trap is set, and questions of ownership and birthdays prove to be far more complicated than originally thought.
fanfiction  spn  american_gods  crossover  au  to_read 
may 2013 by vashti-lives
Crooked - LuckyDiceKirby - Hannibal (TV), American Gods - Neil Gaiman [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: When Hannibal shows up at Will’s door with breakfast the day after they meet, politely demanding to be let in, Will eats the food he is offered, because it is good, and free, and he is hungry. He does not think about the cost.
“Drink,” Hannibal says, after Will has shot Garret Jacob Hobbs. He offers Will a glass of something sweet-smelling and strange, and Will takes it and knocks it back without looking at it very closely.

He coughs. “What was that?” he asks. It was sour, perhaps a little sweet, and not particularly good.

Hannibal shrugs, pouring a glass of wine for himself. “A formality,” he says. “Our pact has already been sealed, I think.”
fic  crossover  hannibal  american_gods  gen-ish  to_keep  fusion  au  season01  theme:supernatural 
may 2013 by a_phasia
New Day Rising - Scyllaya - Supernatural
Dean’s life does not look good at all, and that’s putting it mildly. He’s lost everything that he ever cared for. He’s tired of his life, frankly, he’s tired of everything, but things are about to change beyond his imagination. He needs to learn that the world is not the place he believed it to be, and that there is still more to life for him than just guilt and misery. It all starts with an unexpected one-night stand, and a new job at a strange music shop, with an even stranger owner.
fic  slash  SPN  American_Gods  crossover  Dean/Gabriel  bottom!Dean  AU  character-death  first-time/get-together  drama  hurt/comfort  complete  R  long 
january 2013 by brightnail
American Gods Mix Tape - Tag |
A series of blog posts suggesting music to go along with American Gods.
american_gods  music 
october 2012 by rfunk
The City Museum: St. Louis' Happy Mutant wonderland
At one point — I think it was about halfway through climbing the twisting warren of dark staircases and pipe organ parts that leads to the top of the 10-story slide — I turned to my husband and asked, incredulous, "Why the hell wasn't this place in American Gods?"

Opened in an abandoned shoe factory and warehouse in downtown St. Louis in 1997, The City Museum is not so much a museum as it is a massive, rambling fantasy playground. From the rooftop to the strange subterranean tunnels built beneath the lobby floor, sculptor Bob Cassilly and a team of 20 artisans have, bit by bit, created something truly wonderful. Imagine what might happen if somebody turned Maker Faire into a full-scale amusement park. That's The City Museum.

There's a 1940s ferris wheel creaking and groaning its way through a glorious, rooftop view of the city. There's a human gerbil trail that winds around the first floor ceiling, providing great spots to check out the intricate tile mosaic fish that swim across the floor. There are columns covered in gears, and columns covered in old printing press plates. There's a giant ball pit; two gutted airplanes suspended in midair; and so many chutes, and slides, and tunnels that, by the time you walk back to your car you will find yourself thoroughly conditioned into reflexively contorting yourself into every dark hole you happen to see. Also, there are bars. Also, there is almost entirely zero supervision.

And sure, okay, that alone is not really enough to justify including The City Museum on an imaginary map of important places of power. But here's the thing about the The City Museum: It is actually built out of the city. It is the city. And the city is ancient.

I'm not just talking about "ancient" in American terms. When European explorers showed up on the banks of the Mississippi in 1673, there was already a city at the site of St. Louis — a huge network of mounds and earthworks dating back to the 10th century. Much later, in the late 19th century, this was the location of the fourth largest city in the United States. People are drawn to St. Louis and they have always been drawn to St. Louis.

The last 100 years or so are an aberration in that pattern. But what's 100 years to a 1000-year-old city? Meanwhile, in that blip, The City Museum rises, literally built from the cast-off parts that other people left to rot. The welded metal and the glass mosaic; the ferris wheel and the airplanes; cement and rebar; an entire collection of beautiful, carved cornices and architectural details left over from the heyday of Euro-American St. Louis — it's all been salvaged from the dying city and pieced back together like a prayer.

Even the building itself is an altar to human development in this place. There were once Mississippian mounds scattered throughout the city of St. Louis. On the first floor of The City Museum, half inside the main building and half out, you can see what initially replaced them — a log cabin, a real one, dating to the early 1800s. It's a bar now. You can drink there. And on top of it all sits the symbol of the city's industrialization, power, and success in the form of the International Shoe Company factory and warehouse.

What's more, this temple seems to be accomplishing something, in the metaphorical cosmic sense. I know there are a lot of you who won't believe me, but St. Louis is no longer the wreck I, and many other Midwesterners, grew up thinking it was. Or, at least, it's not all a wreck. There is life here, and getting livelier. To get from the parking lot to The City Museum, we wandered through a part of downtown lit up with fancy lofts, unique stores, and people heading to parties, restaurants, and bars. In the South Grand and Tower Grove neighborhoods we found real, thriving city — brick homes rehabilitated, street parties underway, diverse crowds hanging out in a restaurant courtyard for an outdoor concert. There was block after block of cool stores, good food, and people who seem to really want to live in this place. Again. Because people come to St. Louis.

Bob Cassilly, the sculptor responsible for The City Museum, was a part of that revitalization. He started his career renovating and building townhouses in the city's decimated neighborhoods. The City Museum itself has been used as an anchor to develop the vibrant area we saw around it, and Cassilly apparently had a hand in or outright owned several residential and commercial projects nearby. When he died last year, he was in the process of turning an abandoned cement factory and construction dump on the city's still-impoverished north side into another whimsical attraction called Cementland.

The point to all of this: You need to go to The City Museum. Make it a Happy Mutant pilgrimage. It's one of the only tourist attractions I've ever been to that managed to live up to all the hype I'd heard before I got there. But, while you're at it, visit St. Louis, because the two things are one in the same, and even now she rises. (And, also, Neil Gaiman should really consider adding The City Museum into any planned American Gods sequels. I think I've made a pretty good case here.)

Some Tips for The City Museum:
• Go at night. Not just because there are fewer school groups to contend with and the bars are open. There's something about being in the dark here that makes the place even more awesome. It's open to 11 p.m. for a reason. Plus, they shut off the lights inside and give you a flashlight.
• Bring kneepads. You will look dumb. But I cannot stress enough how much of the experience you will spend on your hands and knees. And, while it may not seem this way most of the time, your 31-year-old knees are old. Really old. Really, really, really old. And prone to bruising.
• Leave anything you do not want to lose in the car. Do you have one of those little zippered bags on a lanyard that you're supposed to keep your passport in, under your clothes, when traveling in a foreign country? Bring that. Use it to hold some cash, your ID, and maaaaybe a cell phone. Maybe. You want your arms and hips unencumbered by purses, you want your butt free of oversized wallets, and you want anything that could fall out of your pockets already out of your pockets.
• Make a plan. You will end up separated from the people you came in with. You think you won't. But it's so easy. You go down the same hole, but you take a right turn and they think you took a left and the next thing you know you're both on different floors of the building. Or, say, your child crawls into something that you are pretty sure is too small for you to fit in and you have no idea where it leads, so you stand there freaking out while several childless adults nearby vacillate between wishing you would calm down and vicariously freaking out right along with you. I suggest synchronized watches and planned meeting points/times to regroup.
• Pay extra for the roof. Seriously, it's worth it. I can't speak to the aquarium, but it's supposed to have a walk-through shark tank and a stingray petting zoo. It's probably safe to assume that any upgrade is an upgrade worth paying extra for here.
• Don't learn too much about the place ahead of time. I am going to give you a link to the website, but you have to promise to use it wisely. And, by that, I mean, don't go to the "Attractions" tab and spoil the whole thing for yourself. Part of what makes this so awesome is the feeling of discovering something insanely wonderful and unexpected around every corner. Bonus: The sense that, even in three hours, you didn't see more than 1/3 of the place. If you go in with a plan of what you will find on which floor, where, I don't think it would be nearly as fun.
• Make friends with one of the people who live in the loft apartments on the 5th floor. And, when you have accomplished that, report back to me. I want to be friends with them, too.
Post  American_Gods  Everything_Happens_in_the_Midwest  experiences  happy_mutants  makers  Reviews  St._Louis  The_City_Museum  travel  wonderful  from google
october 2012 by mdshw5
Required Reading: American Gods
Here’s another Required Reading post from Penny Mattern. This is one of my favorite books from one of my favorite authors and I strongly recommend it.


I recently re-read  American Gods by Neil Gaiman. When I did, I rediscovered just how terrific it was, and decided I wanted to write it up for the Required Reading series.

This “Required Reading” series, like its companion series “Required Listening,” has never seemed to me to be necessarily about popular books, bestseller books, or long-declared but nowadays little-read classics — although any of those might find their way to it, because they meet the criterion of having bowled the reviewer over. And “bowled over” is exactly what happened to me when I read American Gods, a while ago in its original American publication, and just lately in its Tenth Anniversary edition. This is a book you absolutely have to tell someone else about, once you’ve read it.

So far so good: we have the superb writer Neil Gaiman, he of the fecund imagination, astonishing narrative technique and unmatched prose style.  Perhaps you’ve seen films made from his books Coraline and Stardust. Perhaps you saw the film Mirrormask by Gaiman and Dave McKean and the Jim Henson Company. Here’s a list of his work in many media, including his famed work as the author of the Sandman comic book series. He is, as that page points out, a “prolific creator of works of prose, poetry, film, journalism, comics, song lyrics, and drama.”

American Gods is a marvelous, multi-faceted book, depths within depths, gods and people and myths wrapped in puzzles and enigmas, grand plans and narrow escapes, and can be looked at, in one way, as a caper mystery in the guise of a road trip — but set at the intersection of everyday right now and an overlay of gods and forces of special but limited powers, of dreams and visitations, of plot and counterplot, toughness and tenderness, brute force and sharp skills, action and reaction, even, quite literally, Sturm und Drang (storm and stress).

A fantasy mystery?

A long time ago, grandmaster Isaac Asimov took on the challenge of writing science-fiction mysteries.  It had long been said, Asimov tells us in the introduction to Asimov’s Mysteries, that there was no good way to do that, since the writer could simply give the detective some sf device  — a “pocket-frannistan”  — that could solve the mystery.  Or, worse, the writer could create a future history that, as part of the story’s imagined past, is sprung on the reader to yield the solution.

As Asimov put it, the best traditional mystery writers “…stuck to the rule of being fair to the reader.  Clues might  be obscured, but not omitted.  Essential lines of thought might be thrown out casually, but they were thrown out….  The fictional [sf] detective can make use only of facts known to the reader in the present or of “facts” of the fictional future, which will be carefully explained beforehand.”

I see American Gods as a “who’s really doing what to whom?” mystery, a whydunit as well as a howdunit and whodunit.  It keeps you wondering, What’s going on here? and What could possibly happen next?  and then exceeding your wildest expectations when you find out.  It defies easy characterization, and is one of the most enjoyable books to read, at every level.  Everything counts — names, incidents, characters, identities, roles, actions — and you, reader, turn the pages, almost unable to pause, in your desire to see what comes next.

I picked it up because Neil Gaiman wrote it, and I love his books.  I read it because its title puzzled and intrigued me.  I stayed with it because, by then, I could do no other: like its protagonist, Shadow, I was pulled along. As a reader, I had no way to predict what would happen next, and who (or what) someone would turn out to be, or in what form they might pop up next.

Gaiman tells us the “…things it has in abundance, like history and geography and mythology, like dreams and confidence tricks and sacrifice, Roadside Attractions and lakes and coin magic and funeral homes….” and more, much more.  But, as with any work of genuine art, it’s impossible to characterize it in a few words — and like most great books, it is not merely its plot, its story, its characters, or its milieu, but something involving all of them, and more.

What you need right now, reader, whoever you are, is a copy of Neil Gaiman’s award-winning American Gods, preferably in the Tenth Anniversary edition, the one that says “Author’s Preferred Text” on the title page. Buy it in whatever format you like (ebook or print), or get out the one you bought a while ago, but just read it (or re-read it). Even better, get it in ebook form and enjoy the ebook extras as well as the novel: the diary excerpts, in which Mr. Gaiman explains all the tasks remaining to getting a book out and sold that come after finishing the writing and getting it to the publisher. Or just read that journal.

The printed The Tenth Anniversary Edition is an ‘author’s cut’ that includes additional material. The Tenth Anniversary edition ebook  has optional audio of Mr. Gaiman reading his essays, and actors reading selected excerpts from the book.

Amazon: American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition

Also: original edition (including Kindle)


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Books_and_Literature  Required_Reading  American_Gods  fiction  myth  Neil_Gaiman  reading  from google
june 2012 by olyaryz
Set the Fire to the Third Bar - seraphim_grace
Dean wonders how much is too much when you've already past that line and just how changed he is from being in hell. // In which Castiel puts Dean in witness protection with an underground railroad of gods and powerful creatures while he tries to come to terms with being back from hell, dealing with the changes that he sees in Sam (who may be accidentally sending Hellhounds after him), and finding out he's not quite human.
fic  slash  SPN  good_omens  American_Gods  crossover  Dean/Castiel  bottom!Dean  protective!Castiel  hurt!Dean  non-human!Dean  angel!Dean  Dean-with-powers  on-the-run  road-trip  romance  first-time/get-together  action-adventure  drama  angst  complete  NC-17  long 
february 2012 by brightnail

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