At the very top of the Barnes and Noble SF,Fantasy & Horror list for their picks of the best of 2001, amongst books like Ray Bradbury’s From the Dust Returned and Jonathan Carroll’s The Wooden Sea, was American Gods. Upon rereading Sharon Bosley’s review of the book in B&N Explorations, this is not at all surprising.

Happily, it’s also been at the top of Locus Magazines’ list of bestsellers for the last two months as well.


More Tori Amos quotes, this time from the Arizona Republic:

Q: Your album features photos of you made up as various characters. Where do these pictures and quotes about them come from?

A: They’re from the tour book. (Fantasy author) Neil Gaiman wrote a series of short stories about the photos, his impressions of my impressions of the characters in the songs.

Neil and I go way back. When he was staying at my house (in Florida) last year (writing his novel American Gods), he helped me drive the vultures away. He turned me on to water scarecrows. They shoot water. Vultures are protected by law, so you can’t kill them, even though they will eat your child. It’s true!

Full cite: Michael Senft, IN THE MOOD FOR TORI AMOS? MEET ‘STRANGE LITTLE GIRLS’. , The Arizona Republic, 11-18-2001, pp E1.


Apparently there was a review for American Gods in GQ magazine in the July 2001 issue – sadly, I can’t get full text of it.


The U.S. Trademark and Electronic Search System, shows that Todd McFarlane Production’s filing for a trademark on Miracleman was published for opposition on November 13th. According to the Basic Facts about Trademarks from USPTO, that means “…any party who believes it may be damaged by registration of the mark has thirty days from the publication date to file either an opposition to registration or a request to extend the time to oppose.”.