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Little Gods

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  80 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Tim Pratt's debut collection brings together fifteen stories, including the Nebula-nominated "Little Gods" and a previously unpublished novelette, "Pale Dog." Within these pages you will encounter a train to the underworld, a feral bicycle, a thief with peculiar eating habits, an amnesiac superhero, a haunted zoot suit, star-crossed monsters, fallen angels on vacation and ...more
Paperback, 234 pages
Published July 11th 2006 by Prime Books (first published 2003)
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Jan 06, 2015 Alan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Big little fish in little big ponds
Recommended to Alan by: Name recognition
Bigger gods do show up here—Lucifer, Odin, Aphrodite... high-profile, celebrity deities like that—but most of Tim Pratt's 2006 collection Little Gods is concerned with just that: little gods, specialists and niche performers, who may be powerful enough in their spheres of influence, but those spheres' radii are often rather confined.

The King of Grief puts in a memorable appearance in the title story, which was nominated for a Nebula Award, once upon a time. In "Bleeding West," the Spirit of that
Craig Werner
It's easy to see why Neil Gaiman (who wrote the preface) likes this book. A loosely connected set of short stories reminiscent of Gaiman's American Gods and Terry Pratchett's Small Gods, Little Gods (noting a trend in the titling here?) dips into a wide range of mythologies ranging from Greek, vodun, Arabic and Norse to contemporary "myths" like those of the West and Golden Age comics. Some of the stories are clever and insightful, some feel like throw-aways. Not a bad book--relaxing in a mildly ...more
A bit hit or miss. The title story was wonderful, and I enjoyed most of the rest. There were a few, however, that were a bit weak.

One thing that I noticed is that there were a couple of similar stories grouped together. Since my version is an ebook and rather badly formatted with little distinction between stories, there was a couple of times I got confused assuming that 2 stories were different parts of the same one.
I think the order of the stories being a bit different might have helped a lot
This was a great book. I really love books that have to do with gods and their interactions with humans. I don't know why, I just always have.

This was a wonderful book that helps explain why humans love gods so much, why we can sometimes quite literally go insane for them. Why we so strongly believe in them at times, but at others we spit on anyone who is stupid enough to believe in them.

If you're a fan of books that have to do with gods, then I suggest you check this out.
One of the first books in a long time that completely drew me in. The stories have interesting characters and concepts (and worlds), many I could envision a whole novel written about. The writing style seems a little heavy-handed, maybe, and is why I didn't give 5 stars - though this did not stop me from finding and devouring Tim Pratt's other short story collection.
The title story is absolutely fantastic, a wonderfully cathartic treatment of grief over the death of a spouse. The subject of the various stories has to do with the fantastic and supernatural. You can actually read the title story here:
Jennifer Morris
An absolute must read and an exciting look at Pratt's writing.
Amazing and so much fun. I want to explore his worlds!
Very enjoyable. Will definitely look for more from him.
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