Friday, June 16, 2017

Book Review: American Gods

The book by Neil Gaiman came out in 2001 and now is a television show on Starz. If you have read my previous reviews then you know that I have this weird need to read a book first before watching the adaptation of it. Hence why I picked this one up and read it and now I can let myself watch the show.

Story line: Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow’s best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday. A trickster and a rogue, Wednesday seems to know more about Shadow than Shadow does himself. Life as Wednesday’s bodyguard, driver, and errand boy is far more interesting and dangerous than Shadow ever imagined. Soon Shadow learns that the past never dies . . . and that beneath the placid surface of everyday life a storm is brewing—an epic war for the very soul of America—and that he is standing squarely in its path.

Fangirl’s thoughts: The book is a fun read though it can be dry at times and I found myself skipping some paragraphs here and there to move things along. The world created by Mr. Gaiman is vast and fun to explore. I was sad when the story came to an end because I was so immersed that I wanted to know what would happen next. I had the special edition that had the Jesus chapter in it and it was a fun little chapter.
I have read enough mythology and books that have gods in them that the same premise is that gods are only as strong as the belief in them. I enjoy that Mr. Gaiman really explored this and you find yourself in this epic battle of the old gods like Odin from Norse Mythology to the new American gods like television. This is a book that you will enjoy if you enjoy mythology.

Pick this one up and check it out and let me know your thoughts.

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