Sunday, 18 May 2014

American Gods - Neil Gaiman

American Gods 
By Neil Gaiman
Reviewed by Jeff
Published:June 19th 2001
Publisher: William Morrow (
Pages: 584
ISBN: 0747263744

Days before his release from prison, Shadow's wife, Laura, dies in a mysterious car crash. Numbly, he makes his way back home. On the plane, he encounters the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who claims to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America.

Together they embark on a profoundly strange journey across the heart of the USA, whilst all around them a storm of preternatural and epic proportions threatens to break.

Scary, gripping and deeply unsettling, AMERICAN GODS takes a long, hard look into the soul of America. You'll be surprised by what and who it finds there... (Goodreads)
I am a huge Gaiman fan, but my god did this one take me awhile. I just couldn't get in to it at all, it seemed to take forever for the plot to progress past the initial stages. Even then I had a tough time trying to determine where he was going with the storyline. The last couple chapters were really great, but I just didn't connect with the characters or story. Gaiman is always pushing the boundaries of reality and fantasy, and American Gods is no different. I found it to be a tough read, but I have no love loss for him as an author. Just wasn't up my alley. I thought it was interesting, the dualism between Gods of old and "new" Gods of media and modern tech. I also thought it was interesting that he used Norse mythology as his major construct, and his concept of thoughtform very intriguing. But in the end regardless of how impressed I was with his research and knowledge, I just couldn't connect and wasn't overwhelmed by the world Gaiman attempted to create.

3/5 Carls

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