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A little late to the party on this one, but Bridget McGovern (the non-fiction editor over at Tor.com) is doing something interesting with her re-read of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods.  She’s constructing (or more accurately, just finished constructing) a loose mix-tape for the chapters as she goes through them.

She plays it a little loose (which I approve of) by not limiting herself to songs explicitly mentioned in the book, but also including songs that feel like a good inspirational fit.

If I’d had this idea, I might have made one small change by limiting myself to only American music since American Gods is Gaiman’s version of an American road novel.   As soon as I say that, though, I feel a bit silly.  Gaiman’s America is an America as seen through the eyes of an Englishman, so who am I to begrudge a little Beatles or Elvis Costello?  And those gods in the book?  They’re coming from all over the place. So just ignore me.

It’s a fun exercise and I’m looking forward to making my way through all of the entries.

And to add a video/song choice of my own (although it’s possible McGovern got to this one as well), here’s Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song.”  Whenever I think of Odin throwing back a drink, letting the bloodlust course through his bones, I like to think he’s hearing this in his head:

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