The Roswell Public Library has a whole week of spring break activities planned while the kids are out of school. Starting on Saturday, March 23, the third in our monthly STREAM aviation programs led by Peggy Bohlin will be happening at 2 p.m. At the same time, teens can win prizes and show off their knowledge with the Kahoot! Teen Trivia Challenge.
Then on Monday, there will be a Recycled Art craft, where kids can turn things that would be thrown away into something special. On Tuesday, Meghan Casey will be returning with her puppet friends for an all-new show, plus there will be a free book giveaway for those who attend. All of these programs are free to attend. For more information, you can call the library at 575-622-7101, visit the website at roswell-nm.gov/405/ and like us on Facebook.
Book Talk by Amanda Davis
Thanks to the popularity of Game of Thrones, a lot of fiction novels and series are not just being adapted into movies, but into dedicated television shows, as well. Some do their best to remain faithful to their source material, others — not so much. While this doesn’t necessarily make one option good and the other bad, it does mean it’s worth exploring both formats, especially if you enjoy the basic story.
“American Gods” by Neil Gaiman follows Shadow, recently released from prison after three years from being convicted of armed robbery. At the last minute, he finds out his old life that he was looking forward to returning to is gone, thanks to a car accident that claimed the lives of his wife and best friend. He’s approached by a man on his plane ride home with a job offer and after some unusual events, Shadow accepts. The title is straightforward. This is a book about the gods that reside in America. Either brought here from older countries and far-flung travelers or newly created from to govern modern affairs such as media and technology.
Where Gaiman always shines as an author, however, is by weaving stories within the stories. There’s the overarching tale of Shadow and Wednesday’s trip across the country to seek out the holy places that disguise themselves as roadside attractions and tourist traps, but there’s also the stories of the people who believed the gods into existence, how these gods manage to live in this current world, Shadow’s coming to terms with his past, future and (sort of) dead wife.
The book is less glamorous and more toned down than its TV counterpart, but there’s something much more engrossing about just following two people going on a low-key adventure across the country, gathering resources for an upcoming “storm.” Getting to know the interesting human characters they encounter, as well as how Gaiman envisions mythological beings makes the eventual outcome secondary to the joy of just being along for the ride. “American Gods” can be found in Adult and Spanish Fiction.
Some other books that are, or will be, TV shows worth checking out are Stephen King’s “11/22/63” which follows a time traveler trying to prevent Kennedy’s assassination to make a better future, Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander” series, Craig Johnson’s “Longmire” series and “Good Omens” also by Neil Gaiman, as well as Terry Pratchett.