American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Okay, this book was weird and interesting too.

The Paper cover for the book American Gods

American Gods

Oh by the way, if you are watching the TV show and have not read the book you will probably see spoilers somewhere down there.
Well, I will try not to drop too many spoilers while talking randomly about the book.
I decided to read this book after I saw the trailer for the TV show American Gods on Amazon Prime on Facebook and I loved the show immediately but I never checked to see if it had a book or not, but when I found out that the show is an adaption of a book I went to look for the book so I can consume it. And the book was exciting although I was not really really expecting the plot twist at the end of the book (chuckles).
The book started with the appearance a man named Shadow who apparently caught the attention of Odin (Mr. Wednesday) and Loki, got manipulated into working for a god who would not accept “No” to his proposal to make him (Shadow) his bodyguard which invariably threw Shadow into an uncontrollable situation which he could not even control even if he tried.
One of the things I loved about the book was how diverse it was about the gods named in it and also the somewhat “history” on how the American Gods came to start existing in America was also exciting to read. These stories about how the gods came to America, for one thing, painted a very clear image of how America even before the Europeans came to America, it already had the Indians who also had their gods and then the Europeans came along with their gods, who desecrated the Indian gods.
The theme of the book was how the old gods and the new gods were trying to have the battle to see who will be the true American gods, but alas save for Mr. Wednesday (Odin) and Mr. World (Loki) who were both playing old god and new gods respectively no one else knew that this battle was a lose-lose for everyone except for those two.
This battle would have led to a huge bloodshed that would have led to the demise of most of the gods (old or/and new), also the bloodshed would have made Odin and Loki regain their old powers and get more powerful. But Shadow (after holding Mr Wednesday’s vigil) ended the battle before it started which was good because if Mr Wednesday had gotten his way and the battle had gone on, the gods who would have died at the battleground would have made him (Mr Wednesday) so powerful, and with how far Mr Wednesday would go to get this power, it’s kind of scary to think of the type of things he would do when he got this power.
Anyway, I should stop here before I end up narrating the whole story and end up spoiling it for some people.
After reading the book I was a bit disappointed that the book has no sequel yet, but I hear the author has plans for a sequel and I hope this is true because I would love to see what happened to Shadow after his trip travelling the world after all the Old gods Vs New gods drama he went through.

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Big Brother Nigeria

I don’t even like watching Big Brother and I could care less if other people are watching it, but Nigerians are really annoying with this sense of entitlement most have that they think they can decide how other people should have fun and with what.

Big Brother Naija.

Big Brother Naija.

Big Brother Nigeria is a reality TV show about a certain a number of Nigerians brought together to live under the same room and then compete to win a sum of money. A show of this nature as we all know is littered with instances where the housemates may/will engage in coitus or any other sexual exercise consenting adults engage in, regardless of whether these individuals have relationships or have an existing marriage outside the Big Brother house.
Mind you, this 2017 Big Brother competition is not the first to be held and shown in Nigeria, but it seems like this year many are just hell bent on making about non-issues than they are ready to about cogent issues.

Why are you Nigerians like this?

Now if you don’t like Big Brother I understand how you feel, but why switch off your TV or change the channel, why do you think its right for you to sit down and watch the show and then come out to tell us that you think the show “is morally bankrupt…” and you’d want us to sign a “… petition to call on the Nigerian government to block the show…”, does this not sound strange to you that you want to have a say in what people are watching simply because it does not follow your own personal moral code? Continue reading

Love and other Chores.

I have never been in a relationship before, it was not because I am not attractive enough or lacking in sexual prowess or a homeless hobo, nah, it was neither of those reasons, I have never been in a relationship before because no one of the opposite sex will date me but will rather have me like a “brother” to them.

Prior to the first time I ever told a girl how I felt about her and by consequence got ‘friendzoned’, ‘brother-zoned’, and ‘best-friend zoned’ (in that order), I was a shy wreck *laughs hysterically*. I used to be so shy that it was hard for me to speak to strangers unless spoken to, so generally, I just wanted to be left alone to live in my head in peace while I ignored the world. As you would guess I had to go to school and when I got into the university I was exposed to so many experiences on people-relations and interpersonal relations with strangers that I learnt how to handle and control my shy nature and feel comfortable talking to strangers.

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Books and their Movie Adaptations.

Sherlock seated on his favourite chair in deep thought.

Robert Downey Jr . as “Sherlock Holmes” in the movie “The Game of Shadows”. Culled from http://cdn.collider.com/wp-content/uploads/sherlock-holmes-movie-image-20-600×322.jpg.

Sherlock Holmes became an exciting character for me the first time I saw the Robert Downey Jr in the movie Sherlock(2009) and also the 2011 sequel. I was blown away mostly by the good acting and secondly by the way the story played out. I must confess that the Victorian setting of the movie also played a role in my great interests in the famed investigator because before the movie was released, I was not aware that there were sophisticated characters in the 1800s who had the capacity to outwit even the best investigators of the 1900s and 2000s if given the chance, so I generally wanted to read about this Sherlock Holmes character and I was glad to hear the movie was adapted from a book. It would be worthy of note to state that I love all the Sherlock movies and TV shows I have seen so far with an exception to the CBS version of it called Elementary which I must also state that falls below all the standards I have ever had for an adaptation of the character of Sherlock Holmes. Continue reading

Happy New Year

I started 2016 confused, confused about life, ambition etc. in short the majority of 2016 was a used to reflect and meditate on so many things that have left me confused for a long time and I am glad I was able to reach a decision before the year ran out.

Aside for my personal internal struggles, 2016 was a very strange year, not just for me but for the whole world too.

In 2016, airplanes still got missing like it happened in 2015, we still had the Syrian crisis brewing intensely, Donald trump won the American Election, first female president of Brazil was impeached, the first female president of South Korea was impeached, the UK voted to leave the EU, a lot of Celebrity died, Boko Haram got pushed back and was later defeated, Humanity opened its doors to the Syrian refugees etc. the list is exhaustive.

One of the most important lessons I learnt in 2016 was that no matter who you are, what you believe in, who you believe in, your skin colour etc. everybody is different and these differences should not lead to conflicts but be celebrated because what makes each individual unique is our differences which set us apart. Another thing I was relearnt in 2016 was the power of listening.

Another thing I was relearnt in 2016 was the power and skills to listen to people whether I intend to respond to the person talking or just learn, but to sit down listen, reflect on what has been said and then understand the meaning of what has been said. And I found doing this quite entertaining.

Since I had quite some free time, I also read a lot of books in 2016, although reading 20 books was not part of my plans for the year 2016, I still read quite a lot of books (mostly fictions) and I was proud of myself for this.

All in all 2016 was a weird year for everybody who came out of it alive to see 2017 and I am glad to continue this journey through life too.

Like I said above, 2016 started in a confusing way for me, but I was able to sort myself out before the year ran its course. And now in this 2017 I just have few goals I have set out for myself which will mainly involve a lot of learning and reading. I also intend reading at least 40 books this year, and I also entered into a  “52 weeks writing challenge” I found here because I feel it would be another fun thing to do this.

This is just a little account of how I saw 2016 and some of the things I intend to do in 2017.

I do hope that you guys will have a great 2017, and remember, read many more books than you read in 2016, and if you did not read anything in 2016, read something in 2017.

 

Again, HAPPY NEW YEAR GUYS! and have a great  2017.

Much love.

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