Plagiarism? - The image used early in AM Gods of a fox grinning like it was eating shit off a barbed wire fence - is this nicked from Robert Nye ( i think it was in Merlin, or perhaps Faust) where he repeatedly descrbes a smile like that of a fox eating shit off a wire brush.
Theft or a really odd coincidence...?
I don't specifically remember that passage, but I'd assume it's more of a tip of the hat by Gaiman than anything else. I do remember someone asking him about the passage in American Gods that sounded similar to the first sentence or two of William Gibson's Nueromancer. But instead of static, the dead channel was a transcendent blue.
"Patriotism is defined as the last resort of a scoundrel. With all due respect to an enlightened but inferior lexicographer i beg to submit that it is the first." - Ambrose Bierce
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Thanks, Scoundrel - I think you're right.+ Gaiman is more interesting than Nye, on the whole.
I read the original. Robert Nye.
I can't remember the book I think it was Merlin.
35 years ago I read it. Was said several times in the book. Dunno how old the book was before I read it. Neil certainly wasn't the originator, but I believe Nye was. Ive never read phrasing and original passages like Nye
"He grinned. He grinned like a fox eating shit off a wire brush"
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